In a time when everyone seems to always be in hurry, stress is perhaps among the most common concern that people complain about. There are many types of treatments for stress, but some have discomforting side effects. However, there’s a natural way of relieving tension, and that’s meditation. It even enhances one’s overall well-being.
Meditation traces itself to thousands of years ago in ancient Indian culture. It was originally employed as a practice for spiritual development. Nowadays, it is primarily used for health purposes, and is considered a type of complementary medicine that involves both the body and the mind. There are many classifications of meditation, such as tai chi and yoga, but all entail the relaxation of the body and freeing the mind of preoccupations that cause stress. Meditation allows the body to cool down from everyday hyperactivity and to rid it of stress hormones, which can lead to more serious health concerns, like high blood pressure, heart disease, and even mental degradation.
Meditation and Breathing
Controlling one’s breathing is a vital element in meditation. Through conscious breathing, the body systems are relaxed, thereby preparing the individual for a state of meditation. For example, controlled diaphragmatic breathing calms the nervous system so that one’s senses are in sync.
Quick Tips on How to Start Meditating
Set the mood. A relaxing environment is necessary if you want to meditate. You also have to be familiar with the place so you will feel at ease. Some types of meditation use soothing music to set the mood.
Be in a comfortable position. It is important that during meditation your posture is one that is most comfortable for you, but not too comfortable that you become sleepy. Certain meditation types require a specific position, such as the lotus position, but in general meditation, there really is no required one. As long as you are relaxed in your position, then that’s the right one.
Focus on one thing. Once you have relaxed and “let go” through conscious breathing, focus your attention on a specific object. If not on your breathing, try focusing on a certain sound. Perhaps the chirping of the birds or the sound of water if you’re near flowing water.
Imagine. In meditation, free your inner mind, so you can create a pleasant environment in your head. This mental image can enhance the feeling of being at ease in your environment.
Meditation is very easy and practical to perform because it does not require any special paraphernalia. Anybody can perform it as long as the person allows him or herself to let go. Meditation not only relieves stress, but also any alarming health issues that stress can lead to. So other than being a stress reliever, meditation could also even be a lifesaver.