What is the most common problem that the world deals with today? Anxiety and Stress! Even if we have all that we ever wanted in this moment, we are constantly worried about what’ll happen in the future or about the things that occurred in the past. We tend to take the present for granted. We forget to see that we are alive in this moment, living and breathing.
Once you take a pause to realise that, you will finally begin to get rid of your worries, and enjoy where you are, what you have in this present moment. But that pause is hard to come by. And how can it come if—you are struggling to meet the deadlines, you have to manage the house, work and kids, you have an important presentation tomorrow, you had an argument with your spouse, your parents are sick, and so many endless number of things that keep your mind occupied?
Meditation is the way to reach that pause. To sit still and observe. To do nothing. Just breathe. Forget everything for a while and relax. Yes you have to deal with your problems, and you will deal with them far better if you introduce meditation in your life. Find the time for it. It’ll help you more than you think.
What really happens when you meditate?
Meditation helps you become more aware of yourself, that is, your internal and external self. You become more aware of the thoughts coursing through your mind and the actions that those thoughts make you perform. But, most importantly, meditation helps you control your thoughts and actions, with mindfulness and rationality. It helps you become the best version of you. And here’s the big one—it helps you reduce stress and tackle depression. Research says that 30 minutes of meditation improves depression symptoms such as stress, anxiety and pain.
Additionally, here are some more science-backed reasons as to why you should meditate. Meditation helps boost your memory power, relieves headaches, improves sleep, enhances creativity and helps you manage your temper, paving way for better relationships. Do you need more convincing? Just get started with it, already!
How to get ready for meditation
Here’s what you must know before you start to meditate:
- Decide a fixed time; it could be anytime of the day when you can afford to relax without being bothered.
- Find a quiet place, which is ventilated. Most people prefer to meditate during the sunrise and sunset hours, as they’re quieter than other times of the day.
- Wear comfortable and loose clothes.
- Sit in a comfortable posture on a mat or a chair, or whatever suits you. Don’t forcefully sit in difficult yoga positions if you are not comfortable. That defeats the whole point. You have to be relaxed throughout.
- Ensure your stomach is relatively empty.
- Indulge in a few warm-up exercises before you meditate. This improves blood circulation and helps get rid of inertia and restlessness.
- Start breathing slowly and pay close attention to your breath. Some thoughts will come to you. Don’t focus on them and don’t suppress them. Just let them be. Watch them. They’ll disappear after a while.
Alternatively, beginners can also opt for guided meditation or watch meditation videos to help you ease into the practice of meditation. The are guided meditation sessions available in the Breathe Well-being app, which are developed to help you enter the world of meditation without feeling lost.
Here’s what happens when you’re starting out…
For beginners, let’s get a few things straight. When starting out, meditation might seem boring, overwhelming and frustrating, even though guided meditation could help you a bit with frustration because you are given clear instructions to follow. In any case, please hang in there, till you start experiencing the magic of meditation. Meditation is called practice because it only gets better with time. The more you do it, the less you will struggle with it. So, don’t worry if you don’t seem to get it right at the beginning. No one did.
- Meditate regularly. It’s better to meditate for 2 minutes every day than to meditate for 20 minutes once a week. Frequency matters. Therefore, do it even if you don’t feel like it, especially when you’re starting out.
- Increase your time with one minute every day. Start day 1 with one minute, increase it to two the next day, and keep on increasing until you reach 20 minutes.
- Once you master the fundamentals of meditation, you can explore different kinds of meditation, guided as well as others, so you can work out the options that suit you the best.
Include meditation in your life and see for yourself why people who do it, love it. Chances are that you will grow to love the practice too!