Meditation and The Power of Positive Thinking
We all live stressful lives and most of us can do with a boost now and again. Whether you like to take a walk in the country, blow off steam in the gym or simply go out with friends for a meal, there are plenty of ways to relax and recharge those batteries.
More and more of us nowadays, however, are turning to meditation as a way of delivering a better sense of wellbeing. Not only can it help centre our lives, it can also make us more positive, whatever challenges we are facing.
The Benefits of Meditation
Meditation has been shown to reduce stress levels and research has proved that it has distinct biological effects on our bodies. For instance, it can reduce your blood pressure by producing a calming effect. It’s also been shown to increase levels of serotonin in the brain which leads to a more positive outlook on life.
- If you suffer from anxiety, then meditation can help make you feel more centred and less agitated.
- It can stabilise your emotional state so that you can better cope with all sorts of situations.
- It can have a positive effect on your creative ability and raise your levels of personal happiness.
- Meditation can improve focus and give you the tools to better manage a problem or challenge.
- It can enhance your spiritual life and bring you closer to an understanding of the world around you and your place in it.
Practiced regularly, meditation can help you transform how you think and react to the world. If you are continuously battling stress, have particular issues you want to work through or simply want to be more in tune with your karma, meditation is the key to success.
How to Bring Meditation into Your Life
Anyone can practice meditation. All it takes is some thought and application. While it might seem a little new age, the evidence is there that it really works. You don’t need to buy any gadgets or tools, you simply have to find time to practice.
Breath meditation is one of the easiest methods to start with. All you need to do is to find a quiet place to sit and then begin. Make yourself comfortable, close your eyes and concentrate on the in and out movement of your breath.
Meditation is all about focusing on one particular thing and being in the moment, not worrying what lies ahead or what has gone before, just what is. Of course, you will naturally find your mind wandering away from the breath. Thoughts will intrude. There might be little niggly pains or itches that attract your attention. Don’t worry, all you need to do is bring your concentration back to the breath and start again. As time goes on you will find your practice becomes deeper and you will begin to see the benefits more and more.
Meditation isn’t just confined to concentrating on the breath or focusing on a certain object. You can use it all parts of your life. This is often termed mindfulness and is practiced by many people around the world.
The next time you take a walk in the country, try focusing on the world around you rather than thinking about your latest problem. Really see the trees and the path ahead, feel yourself taking each step and notice how your body moves. Meditation can also be used during exercise giving you a much deeper understanding of how you are working out. In fact you can bring it to bear on any activity, even your daily work practices or the next time you prepare a meal or wash the dishes.
The key to success with meditation is to keep practicing and learning more about it. If you want a better sense of wellbeing and a way to become more in tune with the world around you, it’s well worth a try.