So you’re interested in learning mindfulness meditation, and wondering if it’s for you? Well, you’re not alone. You’ve probably heard about the practice, and have many questions, maybe even some doubts. Maybe you have trouble seeing the benefit of sitting still doing nothing when you could be spending your valuable time doing something more productive. These are all valid concerns. To understand what meditation is, it might help to first dispel some of the common misconceptions.
I first began using meditation for anxiety and stress a few years ago. Things were changing in my life, and I really wasn’t ready for it to be different. So I did the last thing I could think of to try and feel better, meditate.
I didn’t realize the full potential of the practice, yet. After using it consistently, it has not only been an effective treatment for the anxiety I felt, but has helped with some unmeasurable characteristics as well.
By Grace Sara
I’ve noticed that not many people address the problem of fearing meditation, because this is still a relatively unexplored subject. Many tend to focus on the popular issue of, “I can’t sit still while meditating. What are the alternatives to sitting?” However, what happens if you are too uncomfortable with silence, and do not have the courage to listen to your innermost thoughts?
Do you assume that meditation is just for New Age types who spend time at retreats in the woods? It’s not: Meditation is for all types and all situations. Yes, of course, there are meditation paths for people who really do want to disconnect for a week and wander the woods. But there are also ways for ordinary people with just a few moments to spare can meditate and find real benefits for themselves and their health.
That’s because meditation provides a range of positives—diminished inflammation, pain, and anxiety, among other symptoms. To learn more about how to meditate—and why you should—check out this graphic…
Do you consider yourself your own worst critic? Even the toughest condemnation from a stranger seldom surpasses the judgment people put on themselves. It takes considerable effort, mindfulness, and endurance to stop judging yourself.
You begin to lead a more fulfilling life, once you stop judging yourself. Accepting who you are, meditation, and loving yourself the same way you love your family are ways to stop the negative practice of self-judgment.
By Solan McCLean
I have always been attracted to meditation. I have had some success with practice when I was single, and before having children. Sitting meditation takes time. I also explored mindfulness meditation with a Vipassana teacher and found that it was the type of meditation that made the most sense to me.
Then life got lifey—a business, marriage, kids. I remember never having meaningful time to sit down in a quiet place for any amount of time to meditate, and guess what happened. I couldn’t put together a meaningful practice. So, it didn’t come to fruition for me. It doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. In fact, at one time I did make the time and it worked quite well.
Mindfulness means “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experiences moment by moment.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn) It is an active process involving staying aware of the external environment and the internal bodily sensations in the present moment without judgment, positive or negative.
Children live in a world of being told what to do: what time to wake up, what to eat, where and when they have various activities, such as school, sports, music lessons, etc. This can lead to going through the motions of living without conscious awareness.
Applying the benefits of meditation for students who face an array of issues in school and at home is a great practice to teach them. It can offer them the advantage of self-control and self-respect any parent would long for. Looking back, I wish I had been able to appreciate meditation for what it is and apply its practice. To really learn how to relax and face difficult situations with a clear mind when in school would have been priceless! Maybe my decisions and study habits would have been a little better!
By Gene Sykes
There are many techniques in achieving maximum relaxation. These techniques can lessen stress, and help you fully enjoy your life even when you are ill. Relaxation techniques are a great form of stress management. One advantage is that they reduce stress on your body and mind. They help you deal with daily stress and other stress related problems, such as pain and sickness.