Through practice, meditation can become the habitual process of training your mind to quieten, focus and redirect your thoughts.
Once seen as mystical, many people are now learning the health benefits of meditating.
Meditation allows you to increase your awareness of yourself and your surroundings. For many people, it can be a way to reduce stress and develop concentration.
In addition, the practice of meditation may assist in developing beneficial habits and feelings, such as a positive mood and outlook, self-discipline, healthy sleep patterns, and even increased pain tolerance.
Research has shown that meditation may also improve symptoms of stress-related conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, and fibromyalgia. Also, it may reduce symptoms in people with stress-triggered medical conditions.
Yoga is a form of mindfulness meditation and has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety with the combination of gentle exercise and focused breathing techniques.
One of the beautiful things about meditation is that it can enhance self-awareness allowing a better understanding of yourself and how you relate to others. You can begin to recognise self-defeating patterns and steer thoughts toward more constructive patterns.
There have been studies to show that regular meditation can assist in improved attention and task accuracy. This in turn may assist in stopping your mind from wandering and worrying.
Many people suffer from poor sleep, this is where meditation may assist in longer sleep, better sleep patterns and more energy. Meditation assists in relaxing any tension from the mind and body to allow for the peace required for good sleep.
Meditation does not require any special equipment or memberships. It can be done anywhere. However, many meditation courses and support groups are available to assist you in your meditation practice. A few minutes a day of meditation can make a big difference in your life.