What is Meditation?
“Meditation” relates to a group of techniques, most of which originated in Eastern spiritual or religious beliefs. Also, exercised today for stress management and additional health-related objectives;
Call it, a form of mental training to curb our Monkey minds: Relaxing, Clearing & Focusing inwards; Where we Transform our thoughts to live in NOW and nurture a positive state of awareness.
“Pearls don’t lie on the seashore, if you want one, you must dive for it.”
As quoted, one has to dive deep into the ocean to find Pearls. Likewise, it is essential to be calm and think mindfully to uncover the solution to any problem.
Your soul is continually striving to communicate with you – Relax, Listen and Welcome those insights. Let that light fuel your soul & spirit and disperse all negativities hindering your link to your higher consciousness.
Embrace the guidance that emanates from within. Notice your inner voice & don’t be deceived by external distractions around you.
Your outer environment packed with diversions & illusions; isn’t your destination. All you need is you, and rest all is transient. Dive deeper, connect to your essence.
Your truth dwells in your spirit. If you are struggling to see a solution, then quiet your restless mind through Meditation, and soon you will gain clarity on your situation.
Benefits of Meditation
01. Improved Cognitive Performance
Having difficulties focusing isn’t child’s play – this impacts millions of adults as well & can be impairing while performing mundane tasks.
Since Meditation techniques entail observing the breath and avoiding everyday thoughts, studies have proven that mindfulness can hold the wandering mind and improve attention & concentration, positively influencing your multitasking & overall performance.
02. Overcome Stress & Anxiety
Less stress = less anxiety. Mindfulness involves observing the NOW & living in the present moment. These practices have proven effective in reducing the symptoms of anxiety disorders, such as phobias, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive responses and panic attacks along with, lowering psychological stress and stress-related health problems.
03. Lowered Blood Pressure
Mind-body exercises that aid in relaxation response have led to reduced blood pressure (BP) in essential hypertension (HTN) and possibly a supplement to antihypertensive drug therapy.
Harvard scientists have evidence that states, the mere act of uncluttering your mind for 15 minutes each day, indeed alters how your genes operate.
04. Positive Impact on Relationships
We have all been through similar situations; your partner says something that rubs you the wrong way. You retaliate. Shit hits the fan! Things get dirty. Some harsh, undesired words exchanged, leading to a long-lasting scar to the relationship.
Studies have shown romantic partners’ cortisol levels generally spike during their disputes; this is a sign of high stress, the hormone that fuels the vicious cycle of arguments.
But those with greater awareness showed faster recovery: Their cortisol levels were quicker to revert to standard numbers after the fight. Implying they were able to keep their cool and not exhibit abrupt damaging attitudes to their conflicts. That held for both sexes.
05. Elevated Empathy for Self & Others
Nurturing compassion that incorporates Empathy is one of the core principles of Buddhism of which mindfulness transpired.
Definition of Empathy :
It’s the ability to :
(a) be impacted by and connect to the emotional state of others
(b) evaluate the reasoning for the other’s situation
(c) seeing things from another’s point of view, and
(d) accepting & looking at the world in their way
Types of Empathy :
(a) Cognitive Empathy relates to the ability to infer and reflect upon others’ mental states that are causing them to behave in specific ways.
(b) Affective Empathy is the capability to connect with others’ emotional states and to feel heartfelt concern for people & their emotions or experiences.
Research has revealed that Meditation is related to the changes in the structure and action of cerebral regions involved in caregiving behaviour, compassion, and the sense of love.
Mainly, because self and others’ focused kindness often conceive in an environment of openness, recognition and acceptance of the experience and mindfulness teach us to perceive the current moment without cynical judgement.
06. Sleep Improvement
Almost 40 million North Americans have chronic insomnia, and the numbers keep rising with the recent Pandemic hit.
Sleeplessness is a common disorder & shifting as one of the nation’s major health concerns.
In a study where mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based therapy for insomnia (MBTI) analyzed in the treatment of insomnia, the results have revealed an overall decrease in sleep latency and total wake time and increase in full sleep time after mindfulness therapy.
07. Boosted Moods
Meditation has shown an overall improvement in critical components of mood, including happiness, and irritation, allowing positive thoughts to inform your subconscious mind and uplift your mood.
Practicing “I AM” affirmations have widely contributed to elevated & much positive mindset flushing self-destructive thoughts focused on “What’s not working” rather than blessings in life.
Meditation is a practice anyone can do to promote their mental and emotional wellbeing.
You can try meditation anytime, anywhere without restrictions of space or equipment. Free of cost. Alternatively, meditation classes, support groups and apps are widely accessible to practice mindfulness.
Trying out different styles of Meditation that aligns with your goals is a first step towards advancing your quality of life, even if it’s 5 min of your day.
Focus. Close your eyes, press your fingers firmly together, breathe gently and observe your feelings. Acknowledge them. Release them kindly, let them drift away like clouds clearing the sky.
One needs to remember. The answer lies within the question. Learn to stay still & you shall find what you seek.
“Om Namah Shivaya.”