The brain waves of meditators show why they’re healthier. Neuroscientists have found that meditators shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortexâ€”brain waves in the stress-prone right frontal cortex move to the calmer left frontal cortex. In other words, they were calmer and happier than before. Benefits of meditation
So you heard about meditation and haven’t had the time or the knowledge to look into it. In just 60 seconds I’ll give you a very quick introductory lesson to relax your mind in 60 seconds. So that you can enjoy the benefits of meditation too:
Benefits of meditation:
- Meditation helps the body regulate it’s breathing
- Meditation reduces anxiety attacks as it lowers the levels of blood lactate.
- Meditation makes you more aware of your body and well being
- Meditation builds self confidence.
- Meditation gives your conscious mind a rest
- Meditation increases serotonin which influences moods and behaviour. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, headaches and insomnia.
- Meditation enhances energy, strength and vigour.
- Meditation increasesÂ your minds capacity for creativity and problem solving
- Meditation helps keep blood pressure normal
- Meditation reduces stress and tension
- Meditation creates a state of deep relaxation and general feeling of wellbeing
- Meditation helps with P.M.T.
- Meditation increases concentration and strengthens the mind
- Meditation helps reduce heart disease
- Meditation helps with weight loss
So how do you begin with meditation, much like everything else you simply begin. In order for medititation to be effective all you need to do is to allow your mind to release itself from incessant thinking. All I’m going to ask you to do is to follow this exercise for 60 seconds a day and you will have started on the road to a more peaceful inner life. When starting meditation I found meditating for long periods very difficult, almost impossible, and very demotivating. For this reasonÂ I suggest starting for short periods and increasing as you feel more comfortable.
Meditation Excercise 1
You will need some free timeÂ aÂ quiet place free of distractions an egg timer or something similar preferably with an alarm. Anything that can make a noise with a 60 second delay will do.
During the exercise dress comfortably in loose fitting clothing and sit or lie down anyway that is most comfortable.
During the 60 seconds I will ask you to:
- Close your eyes.
- Breathe in deeply through your nose and out through your mouth
- I ask that you concentrate on the air that you are breathing in.
- For the full 60 seconds concentrate only on the path of the air from just in front of your nostrils down into your lungs
- Hold each breath there for a moment and then release it, all the time focusing only on the air you are breathing as it travels in and out
You will during the minute of meditation find thoughts encroaching, you’ll wonder about work or what you’re going to eat or any number of real world problems. When you do just become aware of the thought and allow it to fall through your mind as you begin concentrating on your breathing again.
Do this meditation excercise whenever you have a free moment, first thing in the morning is the best time for many, and you will soon find that you have less and less trouble keeping your mind clear for the full 60 seconds. In the interim you will find that even these short 60 second bursts are thoroughly relaxing.
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