The ABC’s of Meditation

By Alexandra Lily Swanston

If you find yourself feeling stressed, tense or anxious; consider trying meditation. Spending even a few moments in meditation can help restore your calm inner
peace. The best part is anyone can practice meditation. It’s simple and doesn’t cost anything, nor does it require any type of equipment. You can also practice meditation anywhere, whether you’ve been out on a walk, at work, or at home. The more you practice mindfulness and meditation, the easier it will be to add this to your everyday life.

What is meditation?

Meditation is a mind/body practice in which your attention is focused on being mindful of the present, your breath and your mind becoming aware, reducing stress and anxiety. It comes in many forms and can be practiced anywhere, as long as you can be aware of your body and surroundings. Different types of meditation include mindfulness practices, breathing-based meditation, mantra, nature-based visualization and spiritual meditation. Meditation can be practiced alone, in a group or with a therapist. Meditation has been a technique used for thousands of years, though it has roots in Buddhism, mindfulness is open to be practiced for people of all backgrounds and beliefs. Meditation involves practices to sharpen focus and attention, connect to the body and breath, acceptance of difficult emotions and even alter consciousness; producing a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind.

The ABC’s of Meditation

Benefits of meditation

Meditation can improve your quality of life thanks to its many psychological and physical benefits. Mindfulness can help you stat centered and keep inner peace. And these benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. It can help carry you more calmly throughout your day. Meditation may help you manage symptoms of certain medical conditions. Here are a few scientific benefits of meditation:

Types of meditation

Meditation is an umbrella term for the many ways you can practice achieving a  relaxed state of being. Not all meditation styles are right for everyone. These practices require different skills and mindsets. In order to find the right practice for you, you should feel comfortable and encouraged.

Don’t let the thought of meditating the “right” way stress you out. If you choose to, you can attend meditation groups, practice alone or you may find apps or YouTube videos helpful. You can create your meditation routine however it suits your lifestyle. For example, you could start and end each day with an hour of meditation. Experiment, and you’ll likely find out what types of meditation work best for you and what you enjoy doing. What matters is that meditation helps yoy reduce your stress and feel overall better!


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