Although a large portion of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is related to your physical health it’s not the only part. Keeping your mind and spirit healthy is just as important as staying physically fit and meditation is a great way to support your mental health. One way that millions of people preserve their mental wellbeing, meditation offers many benefits including stress relief, relaxation, enhanced sleep, increased mental focus and enlightenment. After a session I feel like my mind has been reset for new thoughts and ideas that help me grow my potential for success. The secret to meditation is to clear your mind from noise and allow yourself to relax, which is often difficult for beginners. Here, I will share several methods to guide you through your journey in meditation starting with just 5 minutes a day; eventually leading to a daily meditation regimen.
The first and most important rule of meditation is to sit in a comfortable position. It is not suggested that you sit in a chair or on any platform from which you can fall because sometimes meditation can cause you to drift to sleep. Even a small bed can be dangerous so it is probably best to sit on the floor. It is also common to sit with your legs crossed (or in the lotus position) because your body is placed in a state of equilibrium which offers better stability when your body reaches complete relaxation. If you believe in energies or chakras, it is said that sitting upright in the lotus position will balance all seven chakras causing a greater experience when you meditate. This leaves meditators able to sit in this position for long periods of time without becoming sore or tired. Any position that you are comfortable in will ultimately work. For intermediate and advanced meditation, lying down or standing are also options.
As a beginner in meditation you may find it hard to focus at first so I would suggest that you try a guided meditation track. YouTube.com has some great guided meditation tracks that you can play on your mobile device or computer. In the beginning I would suggest that you try between 5-10 minutes of guided meditation. Do not pick an extended video because you may want to stop after 10 minutes. Instead, find a video of appropriate length. Keep in mind that with YouTube videos you will not actually be looking at the video but listening to the words so don’t worry about the quality or content of that video, only the audio.
Once you have found a guided meditation playlist find a quiet, peaceful room free of outside noise and distractions. Individuals who have meditated for years can do so in the middle of a crowded room but rookies may want to find a tranquil place more conducive to the process. Picking a room with low light is also helpful in clearing your mind of disruptions.
Once you begin meditating regularly you will begin to notice many changes in your physical and mental state of being. Mentally you will find yourself wanting to learn more, your mind will be sharper, memory better, and your reaction time quicker. From a physical viewpoint, studies have shown meditation to relieve pain and lower blood pressure as well as stress levels. Enjoy the liberation of freeing your mind from all of the stress that may be going on in your life. Train your mind to focus on what you want it to and you will not only increase your mental health, but become more mentally tuned for success.