Wednesday, 15 February 2012

The Importance of Meditation

We live very fast paced lives, everything is instant and we hate waiting for things. When was the last time you sat in silence, not thinking about anything? Our minds wander constantly and we always feel like there is something we have to be doing. Meditation is incredibly beneficial; it decreases stress – which is a leading cause of aging! And it brings your awareness to yourself, your own body instead of just your thoughts.

Ma Bicyclette: The Importance of Meditation

If you’re a moody morning person, this could be the perfect solution for you because meditating in the morning is the most effective time of day, however this is your own personal preference. You can meditate for as little as a minute to as long as an hour, depending on how long it takes you to clear your mind.
The mind is an incredible tool, imagine being able to control your thoughts and be able to stop them all together! Meditation has proven health benefits, such as reduced probability of heart disease and longer lifespan, this is proven by this lovely quote from 104 year old Taufeek Khanjar, the oldest new British citizen, says "The secret to a long and healthy life is to be stress-free.”

There are a few types of meditation; I have practiced the “Mindfulness of Breathing” and the “Metta Bhavana”. I would suggest if it’s your first time meditating, the Mindfulness of Breathing is quite a good one to start with.
You can find audio guides for your meditation on this site http://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/ and there are lots of video tutorials on YouTube as well.
Don’t be put off if you can’t do it right away, it’s a wonderful experience once you’ve been practicing it and the more you do it, the more it pays off.
I love meditation because it can appeal to every single person and allows you to escape the burdens of every day life.
I urge you to try it.

Cristina 
x

2 comments:

  1. I have to admit that I haven't made time to really "sit down" so to speak and meditate in a way to make it useful. This post helps, thanks for the tips!

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  2. I am pretty new to meditating. I starting last year to relieve stress and anxiety. I have been terrible at sticking to it too but just yesterday decided to give it another - more dedicated go. I downloaded an app called 'simply being' and it worked a treat this morning : ) it's great too because it has different timed sessions you can do, like 5 min, 10 - up to 20 mins and you can pick to have music, nature sounds or a guided voice talking or not! good for a beginner like me. Im hoping to make this a morning routine : )
    thanks for your lovely comment too! x

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