(The Mind Unleashed) There are so many mental and physical benefits that meditation brings into your life. Though meditation will take a little practice, it is not as complicated as you would think! Here are some easy pointers on getting started:
1. Sit in a comfortable position. Find someplace quiet and devoid of distractions. Turn off your cell phone, laptop, etc. Wear loose clothing. You can even put your feet up. Meditation doesn’t require sitting in the lotus position or any form of uncomfortable, forced posture.
2. Clear your mind. Easier said than done, right? I like to think of the light filtering in from a distant star. I imagine that love and light are enveloping me, draining all the stress and negative energy I have absorbed from my busy, stressful day. Yes, meditation is a process, but I promise you can do it. In just a few tries you’ll begin to feel a calm coming over you.
3. I suggest starting with sessions that last about 10-15 minutes. After you get the hang of it you can extend these periods if you like and have the time. Even brief periods of meditation are very beneficial.
4. Don’t over think it. Breathe deeply. Relax.
When you emerge from your meditation, however brief, you’ll notice emotional tranquility. The stressful day is erased. You feel refreshed and energized. You’ll have a more positive attitude about your life and a feeling of well-being. You may even be so clear minded that you’ve found the solution to a dilemma that’s been bothering you. You’ll see your life in a new light and start to have a different perspective on stressful situations in your life. You finally feel like you’re in control of the external pressures life dishes out.
These benefits have been known for years—now there’s a physiologic explanation. Knowledge scientists have gathered from brain scans and the measure of brain wave activity have given new info on the alpha state our brain experiences while meditating. Through this relaxation process, both mentally and physically, there are changes in our brain wave patterns. Our brains start to release chemicals known as endorphins. Endorphins are Mother Nature’s opiates; they give you a natural high and an amazing sense of well-being.
Meditation is the easiest way to achieve this feeling. And, no surprise, these good feelings continue for some time after the meditation session is over.
There are also real physical benefits from the practice of meditation. Endorphins boost your immune system. They protect you from infections and maintain good health. Just a few minutes a day can do all this.
Being in a Alpha brainwave state while you meditate will give you a feeling of calm, keep your mind sharp, and help you maintain composure in stressful situations. Give meditation a try and feel in control again.