What is meditation?

Meditation is much more than just closing your eyes and paying attention to things around you, as many people may think it to be. Rather, meditation is a mindfulness practice. It does increase your awareness of your surroundings. However, with practice, it creates an awareness of thoughts and feelings and develops a better sense of personal perspective. Meditation can be practiced in groups or individually. The goal is to rest the mind. In this relaxed state, you can reach a consciousness that ushers in mental clarity, emotional peace, general well-being and spiritual connection.

How does it work?

Practitioners use several techniques to bring you to a state of calmness. They may bring your attention to your breathing or to a mantra that they'll ask you to repeat. Alternatively, they can help you feel sensations around you as they come. The effects of meditation don't stop at the surface level. In fact, using MRI machines, scientists have discovered significant changes in how the brain works during meditation. They found that several parts of the brain tend to slow down as people meditate. The frontal cortex, responsible for reasoning and self awareness, slows its pace. Similarly, the parietal lobe, which is in charge of orienting you with time and space, goes offline. The same effect goes into play for the thalamus, which takes care of sensory perception. There is little doubt, then, about how meditation can alter your brain's functions. By slowing it down, meditaion helps you focus and improve your memory. It also allows you to be more creative and compassionate. Equally important, you get to be less stressed and anxious. 

What can you expect from a session?

The main thing you need at meditation, most probably, is an open and relaxed mind. You will have to allow your mind to shut down for a bit so that it can focus. Other than that, each session should be tailored to your needs. The sitting cross-legged on the floor with your forearms on your knees is a stereotype. Some people meditate sitting on chairs; others even lie down. Your comfort is key. Some practitioners may guide you through chanting of a mantra. Others may help you through breathing patterns. You can wear whatever comfortable clothing you want. Just make sure these don't constrict your breathing. Sessions last about 30 minutes each. Be patient with meditation as it takes practice. You may need to do it several times to get the hang of it. 

Which conditions can meditation help ease?

  • Anger

  • Abuse

  • ADD

  • Addiction

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Autism

  • Blood pressure

  • Depression

  • Eating disorder

  • Fatigue

  • Fertility

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Grief

  • Headache

  • Migraine

  • Panic attack

  • Pregnancy

  • PTSD

  • Sleep disorder

  • Stress

  • Trauma

  • Weight management

Meditation can also help improve health and wellness, as well as mindset. As well as foster personal development, improve self confidence, and enhance spiritual connection. 


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