Everyone has heard of meditation, but far fewer have a clear understanding of what it involves. Though the West ‘discovered’ meditation many years ago, preconceptions and misinformation still abound.
What Is Meditation?
Meditation is a way of training the mind not to engage in excessive or destructive thinking.
Through meditation, we can gain a better understanding of how our minds work. This allows us to form new habits, leading to an improvement in our overall health and well-being.
The benefits of maintaining a regular meditation practice include:
- Relief from stress – a major contributor to poor health
- Improved sleep
- Stronger immune system
- Better pain management
- A decrease in addictive behaviours
- Increased levels of confidence
- More compassion for others, leading to improved relationships
- A greater sense of calm
…to name just a few!
What Meditation Is Not
Meditation is not simply sitting still, silencing or emptying the mind. Neither is it merely a relaxation technique, although relaxation can be a by-product of meditation.
While meditators usually find that they develop a greater feeling of peace and well-being, meditation is not about being peaceful all the time and neither is it simply a form of escapism.
Although it is not always easy to do, it does not have to be time-consuming – just five minutes a day can be enough to start with!
With the correct level of support and guidance, anyone can meditate and experience the many benefits.