Enrich your life by quieting the mind.
For many of you that may have been your first time meditating in your life.
How did it feel?
Where did your mind go?
Did you find it hard to stay still?
Staying still can sometimes be the most difficult part of meditation. Many of us are not used to staying still for prolonged periods of time, so our first couple of times meditating can feel a little uncomfortable.
But do not be discouraged. Meditation is a practice, and like all practices, we get better and better with time.
Give it a few weeks and you will find yourself able to meditate for 30 minutes with complete ease and comfort.
“Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.”
~ Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavita
The other day we learned some benefits of meditation to the mind.
Today we will discover benefits of meditation to the body:
Meditation has physical health benefits.
Research on meditation has indicated that it has many health benefits, including improved metabolism, heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and more.
It stimulates your Parasympathetic Nervous System which is the part of your nervous system that helps your body return to calmness after a traumatic event or even daily stress.
When this part of your brain is activated, your body is able to reboot and recover more quickly and effectively.
Helps you sleep better.
One of the biggest opposers to sleep is stress.
As we are stressed during the day, or right before bed, that stress keeps our brain active and restless. Much of that stress can be managed and controlled by something as simple as slowing down our breath.
When we focus on our breathing, we take the attention off of our thoughts and bring awareness to our bodies instead.
It is suggested that people do several breathing exercises throughout the day, and especially right before sleep to help induce a calm, peaceful, and restful night of sleep.
Meditation improves athletic performance.
A large part of physical performance is focus. Meditation allows you to focus on your goals.
There is a term called “visualization” that many athletes use to achieve their goals. A runner will visualize herself running across the finish line first, or a batter will visualize himself scoring a home run.
Visualization is a form of meditation; it refines your ability to focus.