Meditation is a great way to relax and unwind, but did you know it has health benefits as well? Today im going to talk about meditation health benefits, how to meditate, and actually give a guided meditation to you guys. So sit back and get comfy.
Meditation reduces stress. It’s one of the best ways to release stress known. It effects the nervous system, it reduces your body’s production of cortisol and increases good feeling chemicals, such as Serotonin.
Meditation can improve your health. It can strengthen your immune system, it can reduce blood pressure, and lower cholesterol levels. People are know to meditate to help enhance recovery and healing when they have anything from the flu to cancer.
Meditation can improve sleep. When you have a busy mind and are anxious and stressed, meditation can help ease your troubles and calm your mind, helping you to fall asleep and you will become more likely to stay asleep.
Meditation can help you age slower. You heard me right whoot whoot! Studies have shown that the act of frequent meditation ( were talking at least once a week) can slow the aging process. Meditation helps reduce the body’s production of free radicals. What are free radicals? Free radicals are organic molecules that are responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases. (The Guided Meditation Site, The Most Important Reasons to Meditate)
“Trying to stop your mind from thinking is like trying to stop a river from flowing with your bare hands…it’s exhausting and almost impossible to accomplish!
“When you learn how to meditate, you learn to step out of the river, and let your thoughts flow past you effortlessly. When you learn to do this, you will find that your river of thoughts slows down all by itself. No effort is required.
Meditation is an act of letting go – not an act of shutting down.
I realize that this might all sound just a little bit abstract to start with, but the idea will become clearer. Trust me when I say that learning how to meditate is probably a lot easier than you might think. Sure, if you have never meditated before then it will take a little practice to get into the swing of things, but even if you are a complete beginner, your first experience with meditation can be quite easy, and very enjoyable!
The most important thing to know at this early stage is that meditation is NOT something that you can measure in terms of success or failure. Meditation is a process, a journey. Many people mistakenly think that they are failing at meditation because thoughts arise in their mind when they try it.
But thoughts are a totally natural phenomenon, and it’s folly to think that you can completely shut them all off in an instant!
When you climb a mountain, you journey upwards towards the apex. Depending on the weather that day, you may or may not reach your goal, but whether you make it to the top or not you are still a mountain climber. You still elevated yourself to a new, higher perspective along the way.
In a similar way, when you meditate you journey inwards towards silence. Depending on your state of mind, you may or may not reach your goal, but whether you achieve total silence or not you are still a meditator! You still elevated yourself to a new, quieter perspective along the way.
I promise that even if you only make it half way, the view will be spectacular!
Meditation is an effortless experience. It requires no exertion. For some people, this is an unexpected realization. But the fact is that meditation is one of the easiest things to do and most people expect it to be harder than it really is.
We live in a society that believes in the adage “no pain, no gain”, and most of the time we assume that in order to accomplish anything worthwhile we must exert ourselves and expend energy in some way. When it comes to meditation, all you’ll need to do is find a little time to put aside to sit quietly. The experience of meditation itself is effortless.
It’s a nice realization isn’t it? It’s nice to know that you can really develop a greater sense of peace and happiness in your life by doing something as simple as sitting still.
Perhaps the reason why many people think that meditation is hard to do is because many people find it difficult to just sit still!
Most of us are very preoccupied with DOING. But you are not a Human Doing, you are a Human Being. When you meditate, you are taking time out to just “be”. To sit quietly and experience life without action, life without exertion…life pure and simple. This is a very human thing to do, but it’s something that most people are very unfamiliar with.”(The Guided Meditation Site, The Most Important Reasons to Meditate)
“Now its time for your guided meditation! Find a comfortable place to sit or lie down and let it happen. Begin this meditation by noticing the posture that you’re in You may be standing or sitting or lying down Notice your body exactly as it is And see if you can tune into any sensations that are present to you in your body in this moment There might be heaviness or lightness Pressure, weight There might be vibration, pulsating, movement, warmth, coolness, These sensations can be anywhere in your body And all you have to do is notice them Notice what’s happening with curiosity and interest Take a breath As you breathe, relax Not much to do except be fully present and aware Now let go of the body’s sensations And turn your attention to the sounds Inside or outside the room There may be all sorts of sounds happening Loud sounds, quiet sounds You can also notice the silence between the sounds But the sounds are coming and going Notice them coming and going One tendency of our mind is to want to think about the sounds To start to make up a story about the sound Or we have a reaction to it: I like it, I don’t like it See if instead, you can simply listen to the sound Notice it with curiosity and interest The sounds are coming and going Now once again, notice your body standing, present Or seated or lying down Notice any body sensations that are obvious to you Take another breath Soften And when you’re ready You can open your eyes” (Free Guided Meditations , UCLA Health)
So I hope that you have learned something new today, and maybe even be convinced to try the above 3 minute meditation, or a different one. You do not have to have a guide to meditate, you can simply clear your thoughts and think of nothing, focus on your breathing. Whenever a thought enters your mind, gently push it away. Happy meditating!