So what is Meditation? Meditation is the art of concentrated awareness, the focus upon one thing at one time. such as a sound, object, the present moment, movement or even visualisation.
Meditation is widely known for its many mental, emotional and physical health benefits as well as tool for spiritual wellbeing. Meditation is regularly used to reduce anxiety, stress and even lower depression when applied the right way. It also has been shown to help lower blood pressure and reduce diabetes, help improve memory and learning as mentioned by Dr Robert Schneider in Medical News Today
The word meditation comes from the Latin root “meditatum”, which means “to ponder”. Meditation has been mentioned in very ancient hindu scriptures, then in Taoist China, Buddhist India and Confuscious in the 5th and 6th century. Although much of the style of meditation practice we know now stems back from India around 5,000 years ago.
From this many forms of meditation evolved. Now most religions include their own form of meditation but that doesn’t mean you need to have a specific religious or spiritual view to meditate.
So What Is Meditation Today?
When I began teaching meditation approx 18 years ago most of my students came simply as a form of stress management and relaxation. Today students and clients learn meditation for a wide range of reasons.
We are now lucky to have access to such a varied style of meditation; including many traditional meditation techniques and more modern meditation techniques from around the world. In my own practice, I teach a range of meditation and mindfulness tools. As I find certain styles of meditation and mindfulness can be more suitable than other’s for specific types of clients or students, with specific challenges.
I share many different styles of meditation and mindfulness techniques in my 28 Days of Meditation, Mindfulness And Affirmations.
One of the advantages around taking a meditation and mindfulness course is that you get the opportunity to let go of a lot of myths around meditation. So many people believe they can’t meditate or that they have to stop their thoughts. They give up because they haven’t learned how to meditate the right way the easiest way.
Meditation doesn’t have to be too long, it doesn’t even have to be boring. You don’t have to sit in the Burmese or lotus position to meditate, you don’t need to be a Buddhist or a new age spiritual hippie to meditate. Everyone can meditate even young children, I started teaching meditation in schools over 16 years ago. Meditation benefits everyone, ready to try. Check out my Free Meditation Course or if you are more serious and would love to have more than a few meditation tools and techniques for your own personal toolkit. Check out Meditation, Mindfulness & Affirmations