Meditating has taken the world by storm; whether you see meditation videos come up on your feed on social media platforms, or if you have heard of it from friends and family, it’s no surprise. Meditation has gained the spotlight and a lot of attention from everyone for a reason; because there’s so many benefits to it. In this article, we’re going to go over why meditation is good for you, and some tips on how to start meditating. Stay tuned if you are a total beginner!
Why Is Meditating Good?
Before we get into how to meditate, let’s take a brief look at the multiple benefits you can get out of meditating. Although there is an extreme amount of complicated science that explains the effects of meditation on the brain and the body, we will only describe the tangible and real life benefits that you will see with patience and practice. With consistent meditation, the primary benefit is that it can help you relax and release your anxiety that has been lingering on in your thoughts.
This easily makes sense; oftentimes, when we take deep breaths in a state of nervousness, we start to feel better. This is the type of effect that meditation also has on us. Additionally, meditation can also let you reset your mind and feel more peaceful. Wanting a more peaceful mind is something nearly everyone wants in today’s busy world. Some other benefits include decreasing stress and boosting your mood and mindset.
Tips On Meditation
Now that we have talked about and touched on the benefits of meditation, let’s dive into some basic tips that can help you start to meditate. There are multiple types of meditation that are all adaptable and generally customizable for the most part. So before you follow these tips, be sure to also recognize that different methods work for different people, so it’s important to be able to decide what works for you.
The first tip is to sit down and relax your body. Try to feel every bone and muscle in your body relaxing; this may feel hard and overwhelming but set your own pace and just relax. Once you can do this, try and focus on yourself and your breath. Don’t think about anything in particular that has been on your mind; just focus and concentrate on your body relaxing and your breath. So now what?
Well, this is up to you. Some people like to visualize themselves in a dream environment; other people chant a mantra to keep themselves focused. Ultimately, the steps that were described is what meditation is really all about at its core.
However, some tips are to try and focus for as long as possible, and to not beat yourself up if you find it overwhelming to focus. This is tricky for both beginners and even experienced people. It’s important to forgive yourself for letting your mind drift off into other headspace, even if that wasn’t the goal of your meditation session. If your mind keeps thinking about other things, and you want to be able to combat this, one tip we have is to plan out how long you want to meditate, and to set a timer. If you are having a serious problem with concentration, maybe set the timer to four or five minutes, and try to focus on your body and breath for that long. Eventually, just like nearly any type of exercise, you can build your endurance up to be as long as you want. We wish you luck on your meditation journey!