The fast pace of life has made people increasingly susceptible to stress, as a result of the continuous pulls and pressures of a hectic lifestyle.
Chasing money and materialistic possessions has an adverse impact on the mental well-being of a person. To add to the existing stress, technology and gadgets have made information available at all times at all places thus adding to stress instead of being a facilitator.
To reduce this stress and tensions, one should start doing meditation. It relaxes the body, mind and spirit.
So, let’s start from the basics.
Meditation is the way to wipe away the whole day’s stress and make our body and brain relax by establishing inner peace. It also gives us a lot of positive energy to work happily for the whole day.
Earlier Meditation was and had been practiced by many yogis from thousands of years to attain spiritual nirvana. Now, it has been accepted and promoted as the medicine of body and mind.
Meditation is now very common for stress reduction and relaxation.
Anybody can practice meditation but it is not something that can be achieved with in a day. You need to practice to go deep in meditation and also you should add it as a part of your regular routine.
You can do meditation at any time, but the morning and evening are generally the best times to meditate.
Benefits of Meditation
Physical Benefits: You will feel physically fit. Physical diseases like Allergies, Anxiety disorders, Asthma, Depression, High blood pressure, Sleep problems, Binge eating etc get cured over time as stress eases away. A Lethargic person will be transformed into an active one – an over-active person who is wasting his energy will also find his balance.
Mental Benefits: A person feels mental relief as meditation reduces stress and tensions. Meditation develops mental peace and balance in a person. Studies have shown that the brain of a person meditating often, works at a much faster pace than that of a person who never meditates.
Emotional Benefit: Meditation makes you emotionally strong. You can handle emotions and can control them very easily. So, it gives us emotional balance.
Spiritual Benefit: The person who desires to find his spiritual self can fulfill it via meditation. Meditation is the food for your soul. It makes you spiritually very strong. You can also find many hidden secrets about life.
Doing meditation in the morning is very beneficial for both physical and mental health. Morning meditation fills you with lots of positive energy.
The basic steps of doing morning meditation are as follows:
Sit down comfortably in any open place or in your room where you cannot sleep again. Now open your hands and place it comfortably on your lap.
Close your eyes. Now feel your breath. Slowly reduce the pace of your breathing in and out by pacing the movements. Do it 6-7 times.
Once your breathing settles, start watching your thoughts. Evaluate and See the images and thoughts filtering through your brain. Avoid all the thoughts coming in your mind.
One thing that should be in your mind is to be “thoughtless”. Just try and drop all the thoughts.
Pay all your attention at the top of your head and feel that some light is falling on your head and concentrate on that light at your head.
Sit for minimum 10-15 minutes or more according to your comfort.
The first state that should be achieved in meditation is: thoughtlessness.
In brief, only through meditation you will become balanced, relaxed and will live a peaceful & stress free life without any physical, mental and emotional issues.
Roberta Smith writes for www.toyotaplace.com. She enjoys content and writing about the social sphere.