Any journey starts with the first step and meditation is definitely a journey that everyone should take. It can have positive effects on your body, mind and soul. Here are some information for people who have been hesitant to meditate or aren’t sure how to begin.
MEDITATION IS NOT COMPLETELY CLEARING YOUR MIND OF ALL THOUGHTS
I think that the reason I was so reticent to start meditating is because I had tried it before and could NEVER clear my mind of all thoughts. The more I read about it, I realize that it is not the end goal of meditation. It is more about being in the present moment and acknowledging the thoughts you are having. After you acknowledge them, let them go and come back to the present. Meditation is not about controlling your thoughts; it’s about not letting your thoughts control you.
MEDITATION CAN REWIRE OUR BRAINS TOWARDS A POSITIVE MINDSET
When you are meditating, you should say a positive mantra or affirmation to yourself. Bexlife and You Have 4 Minutes to Change your Life by Rebekah Borucki have some great techniques and affirmations that you can use during your meditation. We have to rewire our minds to think and focus on positive thoughts because we usually put all our energy and brainpower into negative thinking. If we continue to focus on the positive, it will become a part of your being and the stress will melt away. Less stress means a healthier body.
MEDITATION DOESN’T HAVE TO BE TIED TO A SPECIFIC RELIGION
Meditation was associated with some Eastern religions, but it is not specific to any Eastern religion. It can have a very spiritual connection too, although, it’s not a requisite. You can use meditation in any way that works for you. It is a very personal practice and no two people can get the same thing from meditation.
MEDITATION DOES NOT HAVE TO BE IN A CROSS-LEGGED, PRAYER POSITION
You can sit cross-legged in prayer position if you want to, but then again, you don’t have to do it that way. Maybe your body isn’t comfortable or is not able to get into the cross-legged position. Whatever position is most comfortable and opens you up on giving and receiving energy is the best position for you. As you continue to try different positions, you will be surprised to find that a position you couldn’t get into last week is now comfortable for you. Your body will be more flexible to the different postures as you relax and focus on your breathing.
MEDITATION IS NOT A LONG, DRAWN OUT PROCESS
You don’t have to meditate for long periods of time to get something out of it. There are 3 to 4 minute guided meditations that are calming and effective. There is no time limit in meditating – you can spend as long as one hour or as short as five minutes. When you focus on your breathing and have a specific outcome in mind, your time meditating will be well spent.
This is a simplified description of a very complex and personal journey. Each person who meditates does it a little different and will get different benefits from it. If meditation is something you want to try, it is hoped that these observations and tips have helped support your decision. It is definitely something worth integrating into your everyday life.