The power and amazing health benefits of mediation can speak for themselves, however still not enough of us take time in our busy day to stop and mediate. Many the excuse is that they don’t have enough time or they aren’t really sure what to do. That is the incredible thing about mediation however! While there are many different forms or types of mediation, the person doing the mediation can customize their own form of this relaxing practice to fit their needs. Taking a mere 20 minutes out of our hectic, traffic, work and errand filled days to sit in peace and quiet while doing a routine of deep breathing techniques can make all the difference.
I started my mediational journey just a short 6 months ago, and I can’t even begin to explain the benefits that I have acquired. I felt overwhelmed with work and the many different projects I had my hands in. Add taking care of my children and maintaining our home and I was frazzled, stressed and full of anxiety. Instead of spending 20 minutes on social media I decided to take 20 minutes for myself and re-center. Sitting in a quiet room I focused on my breathing and leaving all of life’s craziness at the threshold of the room. I breathed in and out and relaxed my mind. In a sense mediation is mental hygiene. It cleanses your spirit, mind and body and allows you to release toxic, negative energy and any other agitating emotion. It frees you to re-center your core and refresh your tired mind.
Taking that 20 minutes each day has provided me with renewed happiness, increased my self awareness, improved my memory and helped decrease stress, anxiety and bouts of depression I started to experience.
Feeling the dazzling effects on my mind, body and spirit I decided to do some research on the topic of mediation and found that everything I experienced were just SOME of the amazing benefits of this long ago founded practice. Mediation also slows the aging process and has both cardiovascular and immune health benefits.
So where did mediation come from exactly? The first records were founded in 1500 BC from Hindu traditions. The Veda’s first formed mediation practices out of their Vedantism beliefs. Next in the 5th and 6th century BC Taoist’s of China and Buddhist of India started to form their own mediation practices out of their religious beliefs.
In our present day world it is estimated that over 30 million people practice some form of mediation daily. It never hurts to give something a try and I believe that once you start to experience the amazing results stemming from this ancient practice you will join in the daily meditation and live a happier, more peaceful life!