8 Reasons To Meditate

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8 Reasons To Meditate
BY Virgin Active South Africa
Posted On 6 December, 2023

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, finding moments of stillness and peace can be a challenge. Meditation offers a simple yet powerful way to cultivate inner calm and clarity amidst the chaos. Here’s how you can start your meditation journey.

Find a space free of distractions.

Somewhere quiet and comfortable, where you’re able to close your eyes and relax. Sit comfortably. When you start your meditation, your body will distract you with sore muscles, aches and pains, pins and needles. The more comfortable you are, the greater your chance of success.

Notice your posture. 

Sit in a comfortable posture with an upright spine. If you feel tired during the meditation, that’s normal and an upright spine should prevent sleep.

Notice when your mind wanders.

Meditation is not the absence of thought, but an awareness of your thoughts without being attached to them. Notice them come, and go, like leaves falling from a tree. Gently place them in a stream to be carried away.

Pay attention to your breath.

In meditation, we focus on the breath as an anchor for many reasons. Your breath is free. Your breath is always with you. Nobody can take your breath away. It’s easy to count in and out breaths.

Be kind to your wandering mind.

You have 35,000 thoughts per day and can’t stop your mind from wandering, unless you’re dead. Be kind to yourself. Don’t beat yourself up. Everyone, even the most seasoned monks, have minds that wander. Bring your attention back to your breath. This is the goal. The goal is to notice the mind. The goal is not to get attached to it. Focus on your breath. Notice the wandering mind. Bring your attention back to the breath.

Repeat your practice consistently.

Meditate daily-ish.

Meditation benefits:

Sharpened Focus: Meditation enhances your ability to concentrate and filter out distractions, leading to improved productivity and a clearer mind.

Restful Sleep: Meditation promotes relaxation and reduces stress hormones, paving the way for deeper, more restorative sleep.

Pain Relief: Meditation can help manage pain by altering the perception of pain signals and reducing the emotional component of pain.

Reduced Stress: Meditation effectively lowers stress levels by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting a state of calm and relaxation.

Anxiety Relief: Meditation helps tame anxiety by training your mind to focus on the present moment and detach from worries and anxieties.

Depression Relief: Meditation can alleviate depression by fostering positive emotions and reducing rumination on negative thoughts.

Enhanced Mental Cognition: Meditation improves cognitive function by enhancing memory, attention, and executive control.

In conclusion, meditation offers a wealth of benefits that can positively impact your physical and mental well-being. We hope this article has inspired you to embrace the power of meditation and embark on a journey of self-discovery, inner peace, and enhanced well-being.