When most people think of meditation, they may still think of monks or other spiritual practices, but the truth is, meditation has gained popularity over the years because of its versatility and role in helping improve people’s lives. People use mediation for many things including smoking cessation, pain management, and most popularly, overall emotional well-being.
Meditation has been scientifically proven to help improve your mental health in many ways. The most popular reason for meditation right now is stress reduction. Mindfulness meditation has been proven to help reduce stress and even improve stress-related conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and PTSD.
Meditation has also been proven to help control anxiety. Deep breathing techniques practiced in meditation can help calm your mind and allows you to focus on something else other than what is causing your anxiety. It can also help reduce blood pressure and help people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
The benefits of meditation are vast and vary for many. There are also many of different types of meditation so if one way doesn’t work for you, you still have plenty of options left to try. As mentioned above, the most popular type of meditation is mindfulness. This involves paying attention to your thoughts as they go through your mind and allowing them to leave with judgement or deeper thought.
Other popular types of meditation include focused meditation which involves focusing on something (whether internal or external) that uses your senses. This also includes deep breathing. Movement meditation may be something you do already but don’t even realize it - yoga can be a form of movement meditation as well as tai chi. Simpler forms could include something you do that doesn’t involve a lot of thought like gardening or walking.
Mantra meditation uses a repetitive sound to clear the mind. It can be a word, phrase, or sound, such as the popular “Om.” Some people enjoy mantra meditation because they find it easier to focus on a word than on their breath. This is also a good option for people who don’t like silence and enjoy repetition.
During this difficult time, World Education, would like to offer you a FREE Meditation course ($75 value) so that you may learn to take advantage of this beneficial practice to help ease your mind and body. Click the link below for details, and use the promo code MEDITATION.