Meditation can be one of the most powerful tools in our tool box when it comes to our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
When most people think of meditating they envision siting in the lotus position with our eyes closed breathing strangely and chanting “ohmmmmmmm”. Whilst you can meditate this way if you wish to, there are actually many ways in which you can meditate as there are many different types of meditation!
- Mindfulness meditation – Where you take in all the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of your environment, focusing only on these aspects and clearing your mind of any other thought.
- Spiritual meditation – This can include prayer, observation of ritual chanting or singing.
- Focused meditation – Where you may wish to focus on a specific area such as your chakras, working your focus through each energy centre.
- Movement meditation – Yoga is one of the most common types, however dance is also a type of movement meditation.
- Mantra meditation – You may wish to repeat mantras to yourself, such as “I am safe, worthy and loved” or work your way through a cycle of different mantras.
- Guided Meditation – You listen and are guided through a journey of your choosing, this could be to relax, to reach out to spirit guides, to release negativity etc.
- Progressive relaxation – Focusing on each area of your body as you feel the muscles and tendons relaxing, working your way from head to toe, (or toe to head) in order to fully relax your body.
Meditation can literally work wonders for us. In a world where everything is required now, everything is fast paced, we find ourselves under massive amounts of pressure and we have very little “down time”, spending 10 minutes a day meditating can have a huge positive impact on us to help us cope with these challenges.
- Reduced Stress
- Increased Focus
- Emotional Balance
- Reduced Anxiety
- Reduced Depression
- Reduced Pain
- Increased Creativity
- Increased Memory
- Increased Compassion
- Increased Productivity
- Reduction of stress reduces the amount of hormones and chemicals released in the body that can cause inflammation.
- The reduction in anxiety and depression also leads to a reduction in pain due to less nerve stimulus.
- Can help to fight addictions as it aids in breaking the cycle of habit forming by interrupting constant thoughts.
- Meditation improves sleep. Lack of sleep can contribute to a huge range of ailments, lack of concentration, lack of memory and irritability. This means by improving sleep quality meditation can assist in eliminating these ailments.
As you can see, meditation a great addition to our daily lives. For people who may think they don’t have time to meditate, just think how much time you spend scrolling through your phone or watching the TV. Just cut 15 minutes out of this screen time and, voila, you have time to meditate.