Updated: Jun 16
In yesterday's blog post, I introduced you to the difference between physical and mental clutter. It's this mental type that people often overlook when considering what's keeping them from experiencing calm; however, mental clutter can have a huge impact on your overall emotional state. Today, I'd like to introduce you to a practice that is known to tame the overwhelm of your mind. Meditation can do just that, and it offers numerous benefits for your brain and your overall well-being. Let's take a look.
Meditation is a practice that focuses on stilling the mind and being in the present moment. It takes numerous forms, including guided imagery, mindfulness meditation, and breathing exercises. No matter which form it takes, the main point is to focus attention, eliminating distractions and intrusive thoughts. This practice has been in use by various cultures for thousands of years, which is proof to me that it is effective and useful. Some cultures consider meditation part of their religion, and it can be a very spiritual activity. Meditation is an effective stress and anxiety-management tool, and with regular practice increases tranquility and improves well-being.
Benefits of Meditation
Meditation offers a wide range of benefits. Many of these are directly related to the practitioner's state of mind, but the practice can also improve physical health. The effects are long-lasting. You'll find yourself feeling calmer and noting improvements in your physical well-being long after your meditation session ends. Meditation helps to diminish the mental overload that can overwhelm you, leading to less stress. This renewed state can often provide you with clarity when it comes to the issues you face throughout your life. Health benefits of meditation include decreased depression symptoms, lessened anxiety, reduction in chronic pain, improved sleep, and less frequent tension headaches, among others.
A Simple Breathing Meditation
While there are numerous meditation types, an easy starting place is simple breathing exercises. Controlled breathing is a part of many meditative practices. It can help you to gain focus and to "blow away" stress. First, find a quiet space with a comfortable chair. Sit up straight, with your feet flat on the floor. You can also take a seated position on a floor pillow, if you prefer. Begin by inhaling deeply, pushing your stomach muscles, or diaphragm, outward. Inhale slowly, allowing your stomach to return to its resting position. Continue this until you find a comfortable rhythm. Try to push all thoughts out of your mind, but don't worry too much if intrusive ideas sneak in. Five minutes is usually long enough to gain the benefits, but your session can be as long as is comfortable when starting out.
Meditation is a practice that can provide tremendous calming benefits. It's easy to do and is especially effective when done regularly. Give it a try to see how it works for you.
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