SIMPLE MEDITATION – MY WAY
Simple meditation – my way, is about subscribing to the idea of simplicity in everything! That includes meditation.
Meditation as a regular practice is becoming more popular. The ever growing list of health benefits stands out as the reason why. The gains are huge! However, people find themselves caught up in the do’s and don’ts.
There are many beneficial reasons. It can help a myriad of health issues from chronic pain to depression and memory problems. Creative individuals experience boosts in their creative minds. Emotional balance is found in the quietness of this practice and for those with attention issues, you can increase attention span. I could go on and on. I will suggesting this – we each have our own reasons for beginning to meditate and quite likely that reason is where you will see the most gains! Healthline’s article The Science-Based Benefits of Meditation gives detail, if you are interested.
Mental health professionals are often suggesting meditation for its’ benefits related to emotional well-being. These range from stress, to help with anxiety control and an increase in self-awareness.
On the physical side of health, meditating can help you to lower blood pressure, improve sleep and may help those with addictive tendencies. I have a personal friend controlling pain with meditation. The popular WebMD states this …
“Any condition that’s caused or worsened by stress can be alleviated through meditation, says cardiologist Herbert Benson, MD, well known for three decades of research into the health effects of meditation. He is the founder of the Mind/Body Institute at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.”
The conditions mentioned include heart health and aiding complications in pregnancy. I have absolutely found that meditation has helped my longstanding sleep issues!
All you have to do is Google meditation to find a treasure trove of styles and RULES! The Internet if full of video and audio meditation. Healthline is one of my personal go-to sites for general health information. They list 9 types of meditation. NINE types! You will find everything from movement meditation, mantra meditation and transcendental meditation.
Chinese, buddist, zen mediation and yoga meditation too – ALL GREAT, all different!
Over the years, I have worked through many of these guidelines. I became frustrated and gave up for the longest time. It was ALL TOO CONFUSING. Which should I be doing? The variety of information confused my mind when I sat to centre myself.
At its’ core, meditation is RELAXATION FOR YOUR MIND. Being caught up in the rules is counterproductive.
SIMPLY MY WAY
Please remember that this is what works for my mind. Everyone finds their way in their own time, but I am hoping sharing this with you might just simplify the information and the process, which in my way of thinking will get you to the benefits FASTER.
- It does not matter if you are lying, sitting, crossing your legs. YOU find a comfortable position for you!
- You do not need to control breath, simply PAY ATTENTION TO IT. This starts the relaxation process. Every time a thought gets in your way, refocus on listening to the breath.
- Once relaxed, I may repeat a phrase, sometimes not – does not matter. My personal favourite is God And I Are One.
- If silence to start out with is difficult for you, relaxing background music is the solution. I have found Relaxing FM to provide great relaxation. This music played in the background, while you focus on your breath, will help to relax you. Eventually, you may not need the music or you may prefer to keep it!
- There is no amount of time that is RIGHT or WRONG. The plan would be to increase time as you hone in on what works for you in helping your mind to relax.
YOUR MEDITATION – YOUR PROCESS
For mind relaxation to work for you, the process needs to be YOURS. I am in no way trying to shut down any of the amazing info out there. I am NOT a professional schooled in this subject. My goal is to help you remove the clutter in your mind in regard to meditation, so that you will give it a try! Once you have success you can double back to any of these other methods and try them again. Sometimes what is needed to succeed is the right timing for you.
Lists of do’s and don’ts does not matter. Find a method that feels right for you. Change up what does not work for you. Add what does. Make meditation the process that works best for you to relax your mind, after all, that is simply what it is all about! If meditation is not for you, you can find other self-care suggestions here too!