Apart from all the miraculous functions, what’s even more awe-inspiring about the body is its honesty. Yes, your body never tells you a lie. At times, your mind may play tricks (motivating you to think, you are fine when you are not) but your body is a firm believer of honesty. How? When it needs nourishment, you feel hungry, a feeling of tiredness is a signal that your body requires rest and sleep and more.
Living in a hectic world gives rise to thoughts that we should commit to self-reflection, self-care. We should slow down and spend time with ourselves. By way of these thoughts, our body-mind signals us to devote time to the science of meditation.
Meditation is an art of deeper rest. In practice, you focus your mind either on breathing or mantra that strengthens relaxation response of the body and brain. Along with focusing, the meditation practice emphasizes the act of letting go which results in awareness and a healthy sense of perspective.
Types of Meditation to Practice:
1. Loving-Kindness Meditation: The other name of Loving-Kindness meditation is Metta meditation. In this, you develop an attitude of love and kindness towards the self and others around you. Along with breathing, repeat a message and get engulfed in the feeling.
2. Mindfulness Meditation: Mindfulness meditation is a practice where the person becomes aware of the present moment. It is a practice that you can practice anywhere, like calmly notice the surroundings.
3. Breath Awareness Meditation: It is a form of mindful meditation encouraging the practitioner to focus on breathing in order to bring the mind to the present. Take deep and slow breaths and count it using a mala.
4. Transcendental Meditation: During transcendental meditation, the practitioner repeats a mantra to cultivate spiritual experiences and heightened mindfulness.
5. Mantra Meditation: The name defines this meditation the best. Using of mantras to remain focused in practice and to augment spiritual health.
Three Signs That You Would Benefit From Meditation:
1. Relief from an Eternal Feeling of Tiredness: In the modern era, we feel tired and exhausted.
Most of us drag ourselves out of bed in the morning, try to revitalize the system with caffeine during the office hours and then despite the feeling of wearisome, falling asleep is a mammoth task.
It would not be wrong to say that monotony has become a part of our demanding lives. What most of you yearn is not only professional success but personal peace more. With peace of mind, you can concentrate and achieve your goals more effectively.
Meditation is the science and art of rest. By sitting in meditation, taking deep breaths, and focusing on a mantra, you induce your mind into a state of deep relaxation. When your mind feels relaxed, your body is also revitalized.
2. Reduced Stress: Encountering a few episodes of stress in a day or two is normal but feeling stressed all the time needs help. Chronic stress is a mental health condition as well as a stain on social lifestyle. When you are stressed, you do not live in the present moment. And, it’s a sign that you need meditation and you would benefit from it. Reduced stress is a well-researched benefit of meditation. The steps of meditation are designed towards reducing cortisol and decreasing the effects of the sympathetic nervous system on the body. The rewards of meditation for stress and the brain are most far-reaching of them all.
3. No More Distraction and Overwhelmedness: There is a long list of signs that you would benefit from meditation, feeling of restlessness is common among many. Let’s admit we live in a chaotic world, electronics have slowly started to rob us of our ability to concentrate on important things. We feel distracted more often. Also, with the surrounding digital media, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Add to these two, physical restless and you are left with no time for the ‘self’. Meditation is an all-encompassing method to effectively heal these modern world malices. When you develop a meditative faculty, your concentration enhances, mind becomes calm, connection to the self gets stronger, and much more. In this manner, you feel less helpless and you get more opportunities to enjoy, embracing yourself and the world outside.
With meditation, you can keep your mind healthy amidst the mundane routine so that you can experience the greater and spiritual pleasures of life.