Meditation is training the mind, just like fitness is training the body. Just like sports… different meditation practices require different mental skills.
There are many different techniques and practices though… so where do you begin?
It’s extremely difficult for a beginner to sit for hours and think of nothing. We completely understand this.
Usually, the easiest way to begin meditating is by focusing on the breath as
Concentration involves focusing on a single point. This could entail following the breath, repeating a single word or mantra, staring at a candle flame, listening to a repetitive gong, or counting beads on a mala.
A yoga beginner might meditate for only a few minutes and then work up to a longer duration.
Mindfulness encourages the practitioner to observe wandering thoughts as they drift through the mind. Noticing the thought, but not judging it is key. Acknowledge and let go.
There are so many other meditation techniques that you can learn about!
BENEFITS OF MEDITATING
If relaxation is not the goal, it is often a result!
In the 1970s, Herbert Benson, MD, a researcher at Harvard University Medical School, coined the term “relaxation response” after conducting research on people who
Since then, studies on the relaxation response have documented the following short-term benefits to the nervous system:
- Lower blood pressure
- Improved blood circulation
- Lower heart rate
- Less perspiration
- Slower respiratory rate
- Less anxiety
- Lower blood cortisol levels
- More feelings of well-being
- Less stress
- Deeper relaxation
SIMPLE PRACTICE FOR BEGINNERS
This meditation exercise is an excellent introduction.
- Sit or lie comfortably.
- Close your eyes.
- Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
- Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Notice the movement of your body as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage, and belly. Simply focus your attention on your breath without controlling its pace or intensity.
- If your mind wanders, return your focus back to your breath.
Maintain this for two to three minutes to start, and then try it for longer periods.
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Unlike programs that merely calm or soothe, BrainTap helps restore your brain’s natural balance so you can feel relaxed, rebooted and revitalized anytime, anywhere.
We recommend these Brain Wellness Sessions to begin your practice. There are 700+ programs we will help you choose from to gain the results you are seeking. Whether it’s pure relaxation, anti-smoking, weight loss, or to boost creativity, BrainTap is a great place to start your meditation journey.
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