The fast moving pace of today’s world puts us all under lots of pressure and many people find themselves suffering from stress, anxiety and depression.
Meditation has a wonderful calming effect on your mind and your body which gives you a sense of peace, well being and increased awareness.
Meditation is an opportunity to tap into your own resources and your creative energies which makes solving problems easier, increases your health and vitality and makes your experience of life far more enjoyable.
Here are just some of the many wonderful benefits to meditating –
1. Increases your happiness
During meditation your body produces endorphins which lift your mood and create a positive effect on your entire body. Meditation makes you feel happy with an overall sense of total well being.
2. Decreases stress
As well as the benefits you receive from the endorphins that are produced during meditation; the practice itself causes you to stop dwelling on the things that bother you so you can concentrate on promoting positive feelings instead.
3. Improves your sleep patterns
If you have been suffering with stress, anxiety or depression then chances are you will have experienced difficulty in sleeping. Meditating slows down your brain waves while you can focus on the process of relaxing your body and your mind and therefore go to sleep easily and enjoy a good night’s rest.
4. Increases your ability to focus
Meditation trains your mind to focus. The more you practice meditation the easier it becomes to naturally focus on tasks in all areas of your life which means that you become very effective and efficient.
5. Reduces your blood pressure
Through mediation you may decrease your levels of stress, anxiety and depression symptoms and increase your ability to resolve problems and pursue a happier and healthier life. Interestingly, studies have shown that meditation also reduces your blood pressure, not just in the short term but also these benefits extend into later life.
What is meditation –
Meditation can best be described as a natural state of mind. A state whether the human mind is resting, open and alert. With regular practice meditating allows the mind to relax and be still. From that place, you can find clarity, mental strength and stability.
How to meditate –
Here are some simple to follow steps that will allow you to meditate easily
- Choose a nice, quiet place somewhere you won’t be disturbed.
- Find a comfortable position to sit in or maybe lie down if sitting for 10-15 minutes is uncomfortable for you.
- Focus on your breathing. Not forcing it, instead just allowing it to be natural.
- Gently close your eyes.
- As you relax you will notice that you breathe more deeply and more slowly.
- Pay attention to the quality of the relaxation that you are experiencing and how you feel so much calmer.
- Continue to focus on your breath. Being mindful of your breath. If you become distracted by thoughts in your mind, then bring your attention back to your breath.
- The more you practice the easier it becomes to concentrate and focus your mind.
- To end the session bring your attention back to your physical body, gently opening your eyes, maybe stretch and then you are ready to move your awareness to your next activity.
You will find a series of free beautiful guided meditations on this page for you to access. Please do contact us for more information about the programs that we provide at Finding Your Peace.
A note: We do not recommend that you listen to our guided meditations while driving a car or operating any types of machinery.
Disclaimer: Advice provided by this service is general in nature only and is not intended to replace, or take the place of, specific treatment provided by a medical practitioner or psychologist. If you are on any form of medication you should continue to follow the advice of the prescribing practitioner. If you experience any sudden change in mood or symptoms you should consult your usual medical practitioner or psychologist immediately.