Meditation Basics

Importance of Meditation

Let’s face it, life is stressful most of the time. If you have those moments when you feel like you just want to get away or disconnect from all your worries, you may want to try meditation.

Meditation is a higher form of concentration where you try to just empty your mind for a few minutes. It helps relaxes your mind and body while giving you a deeper understanding of yourself. Some doctors even recommend meditation to help enhance the immune system, lower blood pressure, as well as maintain a healthy heart.

Other benefits include:

  • Improved sleep
  • Slowed aging process
  • Emotional stability
  • Positive thinking
  • Anger management
  • Improved quality of life

Ask your friends or co-workers about meditation. Chances are, one or more of them are already reaping the health benefits of this simple habit.

How to Meditate?

Meditation is not an easy process. When you want your mind to be still, you have to train it to achieve the results you want, and just like any other training, meditation needs practice. You may want to start with a simple breathing exercise. If your mind is wandering, let it. Do not suppress any feelings or thought, just let these thoughts pass. In time, your mind will wander less and your mind will be at peace.

Below are some simple tips to help you start meditation:

  • Choose a nice, quiet place where you can’t be disturbed for at least 15 minutes
  • Sit or lie down comfortably. Rest your hands and maintain a good posture
  • Focus on your breathing, try to extend your exhalations longer than your inhalations
  • If you feel like you’re being drowned by the silence, use relaxing sounds in the background
  • Try to practice this every day at the same time you did the previous day

If you prefer to be with a group, you may host your own meditation class and ask your friends to join you. You may also want to check out some meditation centers in your neighborhood or attend our mindfulness class on March 3rd.

For the next days, you may not immediately see the benefits of meditation to your health. It can be slow, but you certainly will feel a gentle yet profound transformation taking place within you. Just continue the habit and in time, you will feel yourself become happier, more grateful, and have a better outlook on life.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare providers.