Meditation for Health

Meditation can get the ol’ hippie stereotype from a lot of people. This is unfortunate because there are proven benefits to the practice. Meditation is usually not what you picture when you hear the word. In fact meditation is practiced by billions of people around the world and especially in the east.

One of the reasons I find meditation so powerful is the fact that it is the practice of controlling the mind. Working to control your mind has a lot of different benefits. The benefit I like the most is the reduction of stress.

Practicing meditation also doesn’t have to be an involved, hippie like process. Sometimes you can just meditate when you have a few minutes of free time. When I lived in Thailand, I would see Thai people stop at a park or other sitting area on their way to work for a bit of meditation. It simply consisted of sitting quietly, sometimes with eyes closed, and relaxing.

Many people in American would say taking the time to meditate is not productive. Scientific evidence that this is just not true has been making its way into peer reviewed publications over the past decades. Anectdotal evidence is everywhere as well. I have found that meditation increases my ability to focus for extended periods of time and reduces my stress. This makes me far more productive and, I suspect, gives me a great return on investment (ROI) in terms of time spent meditating to the increase of productivity in my daily life.

Meditation is not always as easy as it looks though. Beginners can often become frustrated and wonder if they are doing it right. We often hear that we are supposed to clear our minds and focus on one thing or have no thoughts when meditating. This is not exactly accurate. The practice of acknowledging our thoughts when they come and sending them quickly on their way is one aspect. Like any other practice in life, this takes time to master. You have to practice your meditation.

Let’s go over a few tips for beginners. You have to make meditation a consistent priority to get its full effects. Set aside time every day to practice. Practice your breathing. It all starts there. You will find lots of advice on meditation techniques through a Google search or YouTube search.

Notice when you become frustrated. This frustration is common for beginners. Acknowledge your feelings and let them go. If you are having problems doing this, do not worry. You will get better as you practice more.

Remember to experiment. There are many types of meditation. Find the ones that work for you. If you feel like you are in a rut, experiment with a new meditation style. Experiment with a new style of meditation to keep your practice fresh. There are many techniques out there and a lot of knowledge.

Read some books on meditation. Internet resources are great, but there are many great texts on the subject as well. Do some research and get a few of these texts. They will help open you up to new techniques and provide tips on taking your practice to the next level.

Meditating in the morning is wonderful. Try it. Do not hesitate to try meditating during different times of the day though. Try not to stress about your practice. Just do it. Be conscious of your progress or lack thereof. Learn about ways to progress. If your interest in meditation starts to go away, then practice more and learn a new technique. Learn the discipline it takes to get a great meditation practice going.

If you have never tried to meditate, give it a go. It is a great way to reduce stress and increase productivity. If you are already meditating, keep it up.