The mind is truly a powerful thing. A lot of the conditions that are seen on the physical body are attributed to the workings of the mind. If the mind believes the body is healthy, then chances are it will be.
The world today presents various forms of stress that can take a toll on the body as well as the mind. In order for one to stay in focus and maintain a healthy mental state, relaxation through meditation is ideal. Meditation is not only a great way to unwind and relax, but is also a means of stress reduction, and is a way of improving alertness and concentration. Meditating at least once a day keeps you focused on your work, and also ensured the overall health of your body.
Meditation is not that hard to do. All you need is to find a quiet place which is free from distractions, and you can easily enter a relaxing and calming state. Outlined below are some tips on how to meditate.
- Assume a comfortable position. Meditating in various ancient forms also has accompanying positions, such as in yoga and others. However, there really is not really any strictly defined meditation position. You can either be sitting down on a chair, on the floor, lying on the bed, etc. The key here is to be comfortable, with no pressures on joints or muscles, and to be able to breathe freely.
- Close your eyes and clear your mind. Though it can be very hard to do this at first, it helps to focus on something that is not noisy or distracting in the mind. Some therapists would recommend that you slowly project each color of the rainbow in your mind, holding each one for as long as you like. In some meditation exercises, it is advised that you think of a calming place, and picture yourself taking in the sights, sounds, and smells.
- Lastly, don’t forget to breathe. Meditation involves a rhythmic pattern of deep breathing, which allows fresh oxygen to circulate through the body and relax the muscles. In other meditative forms, you inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth, while in others you breathe through your nose only. Sometimes it is good to count slowly as you inhale and as you exhale.
It is good to meditate every day, even for a just a few minutes. Though the process did not take a lot of time, it can create a difference on how your body feels, as well as how your mind performs.