Meditation 101

Learn to Meditate

Meditation 101

Today’s life is stressful, too dynamic, and made up of crazy schedules and impossible deadlines. All this has shifted the personal mindset that seems to be oriented on the outside instead of the inside. This is the starting point of several personal problems and issues such as deep stress, anxiety, and even depression. We may think we just have to accept that, that our lives are like this and we have to keep going.  But, we are completely wrong.  We should learn to listen to our inner self and live in a better and healthier way, starting from the health of our mind and soul.

Have you guessed which practice I’m talking about? Yup, meditation.

Meditation has profound beneficial effects on our brain because it stimulates and modifies neuronal areas that usually remain dormant.  Basically, meditation is a workout for the mind, a training that is good for the heart, and consequently also for the body.  A person who meditates will succeed in managing emotions and will experience less stress which can lead to a more balanced feeling. Meditation produces substances and hormones that are good for your mood, strengthens your immune system, and your overall well-being. So, meditating is a natural medicine for both the body and the mind.

How to Start

Just as the gym strengthens the muscles of the body, we can say that meditation activates and strengthens areas of the brain.  For meditation, the first requirement is to keep the body steady.  Take a comfortable seated position on a mat, a towel, or even on your bed.  The most important thing is that you feel at ease, with no tensions in your legs.  Your goal is to find stillness and peace. Once you get there, close your eyes and focus on your breath. This can be hard at first, and you may feel silly, but once you get used to this type of intimate approach it gets easier. 

The key to meditation is to stay present.  Consider it as a chance to pause from the world.  Don’t think about what happened before or what will happen next.  Just focus on that specific moment and on the precious gift you are giving to yourself. 

Start with just 5 minutes a day and then add on as you get better at focusing on the moment.  Meditation will help you in various ways, and building a better relationship with yourself is the key to a successful and satisfactory life with the entire universe.

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