Happy Wednesday! Today I’m going to be talking about the benefits of meditation and sharing some links to meditations that I have used in the past.
I think meditation is so beneficial but sometimes it’s hard to sit down and forget everything on your to do list. To me, it’s similar to yoga in that I always feel better after I do it but it’s sitting down to actually do it that’s the hard part. Sometimes I think why would I put off finishing all of these things that are stressing me out when I could simply just do those things now.
Here’s misconception #1 meditation can be as long as you need it to be! I will be linking 15, 30, and 60 minute options but there are so many more out there! You don’t need to sit clear an hour of your day to do meditation. You can also meditate anywhere! Meditation is a form of mental exercise you can take with you everywhere.
The following information is from this Mayo Clinic article:
- Meditation helps you focus on the present.
- Meditation helps increase patience.
- Meditation increases self awareness.
- Meditation can help medical conditions like anxiety, asthma, depression, high blood pressure, sleeping problems, and tension headaches.
Here are the types of meditation out there:
- Guided meditation: This is the type of meditation I am most familiar with. Of the different types of guided meditation I am most familiar with the ones that talk you through bringing awareness to different body parts or the ones that have you visualize a relaxing scene.
- Mantra meditation: This is when you repeat a word or phrase in your head or outlaid for a period of time.
- Mindfulness meditation: This is a type of meditation that focuses on being in the moment.
- Qi gong: this is a type of traditional Chinese meditation that that combines meditation, physical movement, and bringing awareness to our thoughts and breath.
- Tai Chi; I took this type of meditation as a physical education class for school and it was so much fun! Tai Chi is another way to connect mindfulness and breath with movement. I learned Tai Chi Chuan which incorporates a sword into the mix. This is also a great way to improve balance.
Here are some resources for you guys to try your hand at mediation:
Silva Meditation: about 30 minutes long, just a heads up… I have never made it to the end of this one!
Tai Chi: here is a beginning Tai Chi lesson. The whole video is around 10 minutes but once you learn it it should only take 5, unless you chose to repeat it.
Choosing Mantras: this is a short clip that teaches you a little more about picking mantras.