Why Meditation Is Great For You
Ok, i know what you might be thinking. "Meditate? Me? But I can't even sit still for 5 minutes..." I know it sounds daunting sitting in silence for a longer period of time and trying to calm over all the 1'000 thoughts that run trough your brain. But believe me, it's not that hard as you think, it only needs a bit of practice.
Benefits of Meditation
First of all it will help you calm down and give you peace of mind to feel more energized and connected with yourself. Meditation is also a fantastic stress releaser, taking you out of that cycle of those every day battles. Regarding your brain function, meditation will also help increase memory and general focus. By focusing more on your breath you automatically get more oxygen, also lessening asthma if you suffer from it. What meditation has helped me with in particular, is dealing with depression and making me feel less anxious.
How to Meditate
There are a lot of approaches to meditating, but a few things are key:
- Find a comfortable spot where no one can disturb you
- Switch of your phone (only setting an alarm clock for the amount of time you want to meditate)
- As a beginner start with only a few minutes and increase that number with time
- Don't get frustrated when your mind wonders off, that is completely normal
Like the quote at the beginning of this post implies, the goal of meditation isn't to control your thoughts, it's to stop letting them control you. When sitting comfortable, close your eyes and concentrate on your breath flowing in and out of your body. Any thoughts that pop up in your mind, just let them be, don't stick to them and don't force yourself to think of nothing, cause that won't be happening, trust me. Instead try this meditation technique, which one of my yoga teachers taught me, just think of them as being fluffy clouds passing by on the horizon. Let them pass by, one at a time, not forcing anything, just letting them come and letting them go.
It can also help thinking of a mantra, an affirmation of any kind, like: "My mind and body are in balance" or "Love connects me to everything in this world". Think of this affirmation and let it sink in. As soon as your time is up or your alarm clock rings, slowly open your eyes, stretch your body if desired and continue your day.