Meditation, isn’t it just for the spiritually enlightened people? Don’t you have to worship some deity? Don’t you have to wrap your legs round each other until you’re in an upright knot? Well, in a word…. NO!
Although meditation tends to be linked to spiritual practise, chanting “om” and balancing your chakras, none of that is required if that’s not your kind of thing. Meditative practise can be very beneficial to everyone from enlightened being to the burly welder down the road. In this world of needing everything in 2 seconds, excessive levels of stress and anger, meditation can calm our minds, get more oxygen into our bodies and so helping the body to cleanse and heal, and it can help us be remain calmer in all sorts of situations.
But isn’t it some kind of woo woo thing? No of course not, it’s a very good way of simply relaxing, and in its essence, that’s all meditation is, a way to calm down and relax deeply. Simply find somewhere quiet, sit in a comfortable position with your back upright (helps with the breathing), close your eyes, slow your breathing down (you will naturally breathe deeper when slowing it down) and let your body and mind relax. We all have that chatter happen in our heads and it’s perfectly natural, just allow it to come then gently let it drift away. You may only be like that for 5 minutes at first, but over time you’ll easily do 30 minutes without even realising how much time has past.
Meditation has SO many benefits from generally being more relaxed to reducing stress, reducing the amount of stress hormone, Cortisol, in your body, it can improve brain function by helping both sides of the brain to work in sync better and it can help you sleep better too. These are just some of the benefits you can get from regularly meditating. Our health doesn’t just come from eating the right things and getting some exercise, our optimal health also comes from being happier, more relaxed and less stressed.
So try and start with 5 minutes a day and slowly build it up to longer. There are plenty of good websites where you can find ways to meditate, there will definitely be at least one way which will suit your mind, body and belief structure. Try it, see what benefits you get and most of all…. enjoy it 🙂