Meditation is the practice of turning one’s mind to a single point of reference. You focus on being present instead of being distracted by all the thoughts and feelings that usually fill your mind. You don’t turn off these thoughts and feelings, but instead learn to observe them without judgement.
I think the first time I ever heard someone talk about and recommend meditation I was amused. To be present for a period of time and just focus on your breath sounds odd and probably a waste of time right? How would that be enjoyable or beneficial in any way?
When I tried meditating for the first time I really struggled to focus on my breath, all kind of thoughts were coming in and distracting me. And I was really surprised at how difficult it was. It’s funny though I read that the more you struggle to meditate the more you need to.
The more I meditated, the easier it got. Learning how to meditate is just like learning any other skill, you need practice. And the more you do it, the better you get at it. I think of it as a mental gym. So many people want to stay physically healthy and exercise at the gym regularly. But how many people make mental health a priority and exercise their mind regularly?
I actually only meditate for 10 – 15 minutes a day at the moment which I think is good enough, for now. Plus if you just commit to a short time period everyday you’re more likely to follow through with it. And you get a ton of benefits just by setting aside just a few minutes a day to meditate. After each session I usually feel a sense of calm and peace that I’ve pretty much become addicted to.
Some Benefits of Meditation
- Reduces stress
- Reduces pain
- Improves sleep
- Improves immune system
- Reduces blood pressure
- Helps depression, anxiety
- Improves mindfulness
- Increases creativity
- Improves productivity
- Improves relationships
My personal goal is to create an inner calm and inner acceptance that will be constant through the ups and downs of life, and to have a balanced healthy mind.
There are lots of great apps that can help you get started with meditation. My three favourite ones are Headspace, Calm and The Mindfulness App. I am currently using Headspace that’s my favourite and I find it amazing! I bought a one month subscription for unlimited access to the Headspace library for USD95.88. It offers mini meditations, themed meditations, mindfulness exercises, sleep meditations, headspace for kids and an even a super cute animation library. I would definitely recommend checking out these apps, giving meditation a go and discovering all the benefits for yourself! X