What is Meditation?
While there are various ways of practising meditation,
all methods essentially focus on quietening the mind. When
we switch off our busy rambling thoughts, we can access a
deeper level of our being. This deeper level is all
knowing, all positive and all loving. When we practise
mindfulness, the mind is calm and focused in the present -
it is not reacting to memories or worrying about what may
happen in the future. People who meditate regularly do so
because they are aware of and experience many wonderful
benefits, such as inner calm, wisdom, strength and
compassion. Nowadays, meditation is no longer confined to
religious sects and philosophers. In today’s world,
meditation is the key to learning how to combat stress,
understanding more about yourself, improving your health
and increasing your sense of well being. Meditation is for
everyone, whatever their lifestyle.
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What are the benefits of meditation?
Scientific studies have shown that meditation has numerous benefits. For example, it can improve the immune system, rejuvenate the body, provide clarity of mind, increase psychic sensitivity and improve concentration ability, sleep patterns and lower blood pressure. Doctors are now beginning to recognise the therapeutic benefits of meditation and some are already recommending meditation exercises and relaxation techniques to their patients to help treat stress-related ailments. My personal experience and the experiences of many people I know who meditate often range, from better concentration and productivity to increased self-confidence, self-love and inner wisdom. Meditation may also be used very effectively in conjunction with affirmations and creative visualisation.
How does Meditation work?
From a scientific perspective, the "alpha" state brain wave is associated with both deep relaxation and mental alertness. Effective meditation creates changes in the brain wave pattern until it is predominantly within the alpha state. Within the alpha state, the brain triggers chemicals known as endorphins. This particular chemical triggers feelings of well being. These good feelings can continue for some time after the meditation is ended. These type of endorphins boost the immune system and promote feelings of great happiness.
On a spiritual level, meditation is about connecting with your higher self. This higher or inner self is your source of well-being. Well-being is your natural state and is characterised by (among other positive aspects) complete confidence, love and wisdom. Therefore, the more you connect with your higher self, the more confident, wise and loving you will feel in your daily life. You gain clarity and inner wisdom and find that you instinctively know what to do in certain situations. From the point of view of life coaching, meditation is a therefore a very valuable technique.
How often should I meditate?
The best time to meditate is in the morning time before
you start your day. However, you can easily practice at
any stage during the day. It is a good idea to practice at
the same time each day, so that you can remember to do it
and thereby incorporating it into your daily routine.
Also, if you do it at the same time each day, your mind
gets used to this procedure and "knows" it is meditation
time and it becomes easier to do.
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