The benefits of meditation and how to get started

Apr 28, 2022

Meditation has been practiced for centuries. Many different cultures and religions incorporate it into their lives. There are a number of benefits to meditation. These include: reducing stress and anxiety, improving focus and concentration, and promoting overall well-being. 

If you’re interested in trying meditation, there are a few things you can do to get started. First, find a comfortable place to sit or lie down. You may want to set a timer for a specific amount of time, or just meditate for a few minutes to start. Close your eyes and focus on your breath, letting your thoughts come and go without judgment. If your mind wanders, simply bring your attention back to your breath.

 

The history of Meditation 

The history of meditation is believed to date back to around 5,000 BCE. Meditation is thought to have originated in India. It was a part of many ancient Indian religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Meditation has been practiced by many different cultures and religions throughout history. The earliest records of meditation date back to around 1500 BCE; it was developed as a spiritual practice in the Hindu tradition. Some of the most well-known practitioners of meditation include the Buddha, Hindu saints and sages, and various contemplative Christian and Sufi mystics.
 
Why do we meditate?
Over time, meditation has evolved and changed. For example, in the West, meditation is often seen as a way to improve mental and physical health. While in the East it is more commonly used as a tool for spiritual development. There are many different types of meditation, such as mindfulness meditation, Transcendental Meditation, and Zen meditation. Each with its own unique benefits.
 

The benefits of meditation

Reducing Stress

The benefits of meditation are many and varied. When you meditate, you focus your attention inward. Which can help to calm your mind and reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Stress can have a negative impact on our physical and mental health. It can cause tension headaches, upset stomach, high blood pressure, and many other physical discomforts. 

Focus and concentration

Meditation has also been shown to improve focus and concentration, as well as promote overall well-being. It can also help improve sleep quality. Additionally, meditation can increase self-awareness, improve your relationships, and make you more productive.

When it comes to its numerous benefits, no aspect of life is left untouched by meditation. From personal to professional levels, meditation can aid even the most challenging situations. As a result, there are scores of self-help books and articles that focus on how to get started with meditation. Sometimes it can be difficult to understand the basics of meditation from these sources. This article will provide a simple guide to start with meditation. 

 

The Power of Meditation for Transformation

Meditation is a also powerful tool for transformation. It can help us to quiet our minds, connect with our inner selves, and tap into a deeper level of consciousness. When we meditate, we open ourselves up to new possibilities and insights. We allow ourselves to let go of old patterns and beliefs that no longer serve us. Meditation can be a transformational experience. 

The benefits of meditation are cumulative, so the more you do it, the greater the effects will be. There are many different ways to meditate, so experiment until you find a method that works for you. Meditation is a simple practice that can have profound effects, so give it a try today! 

 

Tips for Making Meditation a Daily Practice

As stated before: meditation is a powerful tool that can help to improve your mental and physical health. However, like with any other new habit, it can be tough to make meditation a daily practice. Here are a few tips to help you get started: 

1. Find a comfortable place to sit or lie down. 

You don’t need to be in a special “meditation position". Don't complicate things by trying to get into a position your body is not used to. If you are a beginner, I would suggest sitting rather than lying down. With laying down you risk falling asleep when you are untrained. 

2. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. 

Allow your thoughts to come and go without judgment. If your mind wanders, simply redirect your focus back to your breath. That's it. Just be aware that you breathe in and out. Again, don't complicate things. You will find that this going back again and again to the breath, and not "getting lost" in our thoughts, is difficult enough. 

3. Start with a few minutes of meditation each day.

Gradually increase the length of time as you become more comfortable with the practice. If you're new to meditation, it's important to be patient and consistent with your practice.

4. Practice when there is little chance of falling asleep. 

Practicing in bed when you are not used to meditation is maybe not the best idea. Your mind associates your bed and bedroom with sleeping. Also, when you practice just before you go to sleep at night, chances are you are too tired to maintain your focus. You will fight off sleep.

 

The five big don'ts with meditation:

 

1. Don't try to empty your mind – it's not possible. Thoughts will always come and go, and that's perfectly normal. 

2. Don't get frustrated if you can't sit still – just keep coming back to the breath and focus on the present moment. Of course, before you start you should make yourself as comfortable as possible. 

3. Don't open your eyes once you have closed them. It will take your attention back outward. Of course, when you meditate with your eyes slightly open this doesn't apply ;-) ... and yes, eyes open or closed...both is fine!

4. Don't strive for perfection – the goal of meditation is not to achieve some utopian state of bliss.

5. Don't worry - be happy :-)

 

Conclusion

Meditation can be a helpful tool for reducing stress and promoting overall well-being. If you’re interested in trying meditation, find a comfortable place to sit or lie down, close your eyes, and focus on your breath. Let your thoughts come and go without judgment, and if your mind wanders, simply bring your attention back to your breath. And don't make things complicated. If you already have some practice and you want to know how to get into the Meditative state (a specific state of consciousness) you can consider the course:  How to get into the meditative state.  

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