Meditation. Yes, you can do it.

Be your own Buddha

Personally, I think that meditation is something veeeery subjective. No spiritual school or religion can teach you how to find your peace. For example, when I lived in London I did my morning meditation every day and loved it! What was it? You’ll laugh out loud. As soon as I woke up, I brushed my teeth, wore sweatpants, a hoodie, and a jacket, plugged my headphones and walked to the Starbucks coffee 5 min away, to get my coffee. Airplane mode was one, and I wouldn’t speak to anyone! 10 min later I was back home ready to kick start my day!  What I am trying to say is that meditating is such a subjective state of mind that fits in so many styles and ways…

What is meditation exactly?

Meditation is an approach to training the mind, similar to the way that fitness is an approach to training the body. It’s extremely difficult for a beginner to sit for hours and think of nothing or have an “empty mind.” But guys, you DON’T need to have an empty mind! You need to have a peaceful mind. In general, the easiest way to begin meditating is by focusing on the breath — an example of one of the most common approaches to meditation: concentration.

TYPES OF MEDITATION:

1)   CONCENTRATION MEDITATION

Concentration meditation involves focusing on a single point. This could entail following the breath, repeating a single word or mantra, staring at a candle flame, listening to a repetitive gong, or counting beads on a mala. In this form of meditation, you simply refocus your awareness on the chosen object of attention each time you notice your mind wandering. Rather than pursuing random thoughts, you simply let them go. Through this process, your ability to concentrate improves.

2)   MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

Mindfulness meditation encourages the practitioner to observe wandering thoughts as they drift through the mind. The intention is not to get involved with the thoughts or to judge them, but simply to be aware of each mental note as it arises. Through mindfulness meditation, you can see how your thoughts and feelings tend to move in particular patterns. With practice, an inner balance develops.

OTHER MEDITATION TECHNIQUES

There are various other meditation techniques. For example, a daily meditation practice among Buddhist monks focuses directly on the cultivation of compassion. This involves envisioning negative events and recasting them in a positive light by transforming them through compassion. There are also moving meditation techniques, such as tai chi, qigong, and walking meditation (hell I’ve done this one)

BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

If relaxation is not the goal of meditation, it is often a result.

1)    Lower blood pressure

2)    Improved blood circulation

3)    Lower heart rate

4)    Less perspiration

5)    Slower respiratory rate

6)    Less anxiety

7)    Lower blood cortisol levels

8)    More feelings of well-being

9)    Less stress

10)  Deeper relaxation

Here are the facts. Now it’s in your hands to find a way to relax and experience an inner peace. It might not be the time – don’t force yourself. It will come along. Never forget that humans are spiritual beings. In a way or another, you are a little Buddha too!

 

Big Kiss

 

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