The media, magazines, and social media are constantly saturated with ways to boost one’s physical health and wellbeing, especially right now at the very start of a new year.
Fortunately, media outlets, businesses, and individuals are finally coming to the realization that it is equally as important to maintain and strive to consistently improve one’s emotional health and wellbeing as well.
Meditation is one of the quickest and wholly most effective ways of taking just a few minutes out of your day to dedicate to your mental health, so, for your information and, of course, reading pleasure, here is a comprehensive guide to beginner’s meditation.
What Exactly Is The Art Of Meditation?
Even though meditation has never been so popular and widely practiced, you may be surprised to learn that it has been around for thousands of years.
In the beginning, meditation was created to help connect oneself with spirituality and or easily and directly contact and be at one with mystical and sacred life forces. However, now the primary purpose of meditation is to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, relax and unwind, and tend to one’s emotional health and wellbeing.
Benefits Of Regular Meditation
There are many proven benefits of practicing regular mediation, and the best one of all is that basic meditative techniques are simple and take only a few minutes from start to finish.
The most noticeable and well-known benefits of regular mediation include but are in no way limited to:
- The ability to control and reduce levels of anxiety
- Stress reduction
- A longer attention span and increased levels of focus and concentration
- The promotion of overall mental health
- More energy
- Substantial enhancement of self-awareness
- Helping to stop the onset of memory-based illnesses
- Improving both quality and duration of sleep
- More control over addictions and compulsions
- Lowering of cortisol levels
- Calming of both your digestive and nervous systems
How To Meditate For The First Time
After having decided to embark on rewarding and life-enhancing meditative practices, the most important thing you need to know is that anyone can meditate, and anyone can meditate anywhere.
However, the easiest place to meditate is in a quiet area within your home or garden, either lying down or relaxing comfortably on the floor or in a giant bean bag chair that supports your weight and close your eyes. It is vital to remove any potential distractions from the room, be that your partner, your children, your animals, and of course, any electronic devices.
Concentrate on your breathing, taking deep breaths in and out through the nose, and let your mind wander away from any current worries or mental preoccupations. Instead, concentrate on the feeling of your body breathing and how the surfaces touching you feel against your clothes and skin.
Most people who are starting out with meditation tend to utilize guided recordings as a way of accessing this alternative state of consciousness, a plethora of which you will find for free on sites such as YouTube and Spotify.