Improving Meditation and a More Positive Perspective
Meditation is an ancient practice that dates back thousands of years. Despite its age, it is as relevant in today’s busy world as it ever was. It can lead us to becoming more mindful, focused, and peaceful; more aware of our thoughts, speech and actions; and more attuned to how our choices affect others. There is no right or wrong way to do it and there are no prerequisites, everybody can do it!
What is meditation?
Meditation is the most accessible and easiest tool for mindfulness. When practicing meditation, we are learning how to pay attention to the breath as it goes in and out and notice when the mind wanders from this task. By doing so we are training how to return to, and remain in, the present moment—to anchor ourselves in the here and now on purpose, without judgement.
Benefits of meditation for women
Daily meditation sessions are a great tool for women because it provides stress relief in as little as five minutes a day, it’s free, and it can be done at home (you can find countless meditation practices online), at work, and even with your children.
There are numerous benefits to meditation:
- Reduced stress and anxiety – Meditation has been shown to reduce anxiety symptoms associated with phobias, social anxiety, and panic attacks.
- Balanced emotions – A consistent meditation practice can alleviate symptoms of depression.
- Improved sleep – A regular meditation practice can make it easier to get your beauty sleep by helping you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
- Increased productivity – Meditation is about training your attention, which increases your attention span, so your productivity gets a boost.
Why is meditation important?
Meditation can give you a sense of calm, inner peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. It teaches you profound resilience to negative thoughts and feelings so you will find more joy within yourself and your life. It can also give you the gift of improved sleep and physical wellbeing. Not to mention that feeling of connection and vibrancy, which is nice.
Different types of meditation
Meditation is a very grounded and effective way to relieve stress while also promoting self-awareness. Just as there are many different reasons why people meditate, there are many different kinds of meditation. Knowing something about them can help us choose which ones are right for us.
1. Spiritual Meditation
This technique supports practitioners in becoming the best human beings that they can be. The insights that are brought to light can help us develop qualities of benevolence and connection. It is well-suited for individuals seeking spiritual growth as well as those who appreciate setting time aside for self-reflection. With the meditation kit by MY-BODHI you can set up your own little sacred space of calm whether at home, at your office or during travel.
2. Mindfulness Meditation
This meditation technique is based on the teachings of the Buddha. It can be instrumental in helping us understand how our minds work. It serves as a foundation for overcoming dissatisfaction, impatience, intolerance and many of the other habits that keep us from living fuller, happier lives. Mindfulness practice has been shown to reduce depression, stress, and anxiety
3. Movement Meditation
Many forms of meditation encourage you to remain in one position, but movement meditation focuses on the body in motion. It can be a good choice for people who have trouble sitting still for long periods, as well as for those who naturally find it easier to concentrate while they’re moving.
4. Focused Meditation
In this technique is the exact opposite of multi-tasking. Jumping around between many thoughts and activities leads to a scattered mind and a lot of dissatisfaction.
One traditional kind of focused meditation involves drinking a cup of tea -but whatever the object of your meditation is, you should focus your entire attention on it. Your ability to concentrate will improve and you may rediscover the joy of being present.
5. Visualization Meditation
In this meditation technique, an image that creates a particular feeling or quality is brought to mind. In a simple way, we can close our eyes and imagine a beautiful mountain lake or any other visualization that speaks to us. This is said to give meditators distance from unwelcome mental activity and bring a sense of peace.
6. Chanting Meditation
While chanting, the mind should be focused a repetitive sound, word, or phrase. These Mantras are used to clear the mind and allow our spiritual strengths to reveal themselves. “Om” is one common sound used. As a spiritual practice it fosters deeper awareness and a stronger connection to positive human qualities such as compassion and confidence.