What is Meditation? And why it deserves to be part of our routine?

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Meditation is having its share of buzz and to be honest it deserves every bit of it. In this article we are going to talk about what exactly meditation is and why is it so important, while busting some myths along the way.

Next we will see its benefits, medically and spiritually, both short term and long term. And why it should be made a habit, where to start from?

We will try to answer the questions.

What is Meditation? And why it deserves to be part of our routine?

WHAT IS MEDITATION?

Meditation and minfulness have become quite popular in recent years. Different people have different understanding of what meditation is. Sometimes they are right other times not.

Before going on to read the article think of what you think meditation is. Think of what you think meditation is?

Some of the different notion that people have are following:

  1. Meditation is trying to achieve some special state through exercise and extreme focus.
  2. It is a kind of hypnosis.
  3. It is state when the mind is empty. There is nothing going on in the brain.
  4. It is a process to achieve Nirvana.

But none of the above is true.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines meditation as “to focus one’s thoughts on: reflect on or ponder over”.

Though the scientific knowledge about meditation is meager at present time, older civilization were aware of the meditation, in fact meditation is not a new concept but centuries old practice. Different civilizations had different ways to practice it. This also contributed to contrasting ideas people have for meditation.

 

Meditation in other words is being aware, of your Surrounding, situation or action. The essence of meditation is awareness.

 

BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

In today’s world where everyone is in hurry, people are seldom aware of surrounding. We may know what is going on around us but we are not feeling it. In these times any tool that provide the time and mind frame to feel our surrounding, our loved ones and ability to enjoy little things in our life is truly priceless. This is precisely what meditation can give us for the least.

People who meditate has experienced positive effects in certain Medical condition like

  1. It reduces Blood Pressure.
  2. Relieves Irritable bowel syndrome and flare-ups in people who have had ulcerative colitis.
  3. Helpful in symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  4. It can help with Insomnia.

Here is a link to a research study that shows in detail how meditation can be helpful in certain Medical conditions.

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/04/harvard-researchers-study-how-mindfulness-may-change-the-brain-in-depressed-patients/

 

Though meditating can help in achieving important long term goals like lower anxiety, peaceful and better control over life, the most important purpose is much simpler and spiritual, that is to be present in now. Free of past and future concerns.

Following is an image showing the trend of meditation and yoga practitioners.

 

Increase in Meditation practitioners.

 

For further information of effect of meditation visit

https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/meditation-in-depth

 

Practicing meditation enhances our focus enabling us to solve complex problems and providing good alternative solution. Meditation can be thought as a process of soft rebooting your mind.

 

People has started acknowledging the importance of effects of meditation. Millions of people has improved their lives adopting meditation as essential part of their lives.

Why meditation is not a common thing?

Even though meditation has a lot to offer and people has started realizing its importance, it is still not as common. There are several reasons for it.

  1. A large part of population, the youth remains unconvinced of its importance. They believe that meditation has benefits but it is for older and sick people and they don’t need it.
  2. Many are negligent to the medication and think of it as some caveman activity
  3. They think they don’t have time for it. It is too hard.
  4. Meditation is Boring.
  5. Meditation needs you to be spiritual.

Types of Meditation

Though the scientific research on the meditation is still in its infancy, but with the knowledge we have meditation can be categorized in two types.

 

  1. Focused type meditation &
  2. Open monitoring meditation

 

 

Focused type meditation: This type of meditation like mantra meditation effect prefrontal cortex, a part of brain responsible for focused and hard thinking on a difficult subject.

It helps in reducing stress and anxiety, increasing concentration.

 

Open monitoring meditation: Vipasna and mindfulness are this type of meditation. In this type we try to keep our attention open to everything and let all sorts of thought come to our mind, without sticking to any one thought or judging it. We let our thoughts wander around. In this type of thinking all parts of brain is involved. It can give person a sense of calm.

 

How to Meditate

So now we know the benefits of meditation and its positive effect on the brain, but how to get started with it. For starters what you can do is sit or lie down comfortably on the floor or chair and try to focus on some specific sound, you can also play your own music to increase your focus. Do it for half an hour or as long as you can. For a beginner you can even try it for five minutes daily. The key is consistency, slowly you will be able to focus more easily and for longer time.

 

AS for the open monitoring kind of meditation you can take a vacation and travel or you can just go for a walk in the morning when it is quite and pleasant or choose a place that can provide you such environment.

 

 

 

For detailed information on how to do meditation visit

https://www.gaiam.com/blogs/discover/meditation-101-techniques-benefits-and-a-beginner-s-how-to

 

If you lack motivation for doing something read this article

https://www.flip2change.com/gird-your-loins-an-exercise-in-how-to-get-yourself-motivated/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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