So what is Meditation and why should you learn how to meditate? Meditation in many ways is a very overused loose term that is often not described accurately. Meditation is used to describe many tools and techniques that are not always true meditation like guided meditations that are more guided visualizations.
Meditation put simply it is the art of present state awareness. The ability to be in the moment without constantly running away with our thoughts of the past or future. Meditation is the art of being, instead of doing.
Learning How To Meditate
If you want to learn how to meditate. The key is finding a meditation technique or tool that teaches you how to be present, how to be fully in the moment. Most techniques are aimed at teaching you focused concentrated awareness on one thing at one time. Such as focusing your present awareness on a sound, object or visualisation such as your breath, a mantra or candle.
The key to learning meditation effectively is finding the right meditation teacher preferably someone who has been a seasoned meditator for many years. Meditation is not something you just learn on a few weeks or few months meditation course. It is a way of life, something you learn to master over many years. In many ways, you are mastering unlearning, unlearning and loosening off a lot of pre-conditioned ways of being and living. And a good spiritual or meditation teacher will help you see and experience that.
Where Did Meditation Originate From?
The word meditation comes from the Latin root “meditatum”, which means “to ponder”. It has been mentioned in very ancient hindu scriptures, then in Taoist China, Buddhist India and Confuscious in the 5th and 6th centuries. We know many styles of meditation practice, stem back from India around 5,000 years ago. From this many different forms of meditation have evolved; Buddhism, Taoism, Zen, Transcendental Meditation… Most religions have their own form of meditation. But that does not mean you need to have a specific religious or spiritual view to meditate. Many people today meditate only to reduce their anxiety and stress. They look at it is just another anxiety and stress management tool.
Why You Should Learn To Meditate
The ability to meditate is widely known for its mental, emotional and physical health benefits as well as a tool for spiritual wellbeing. When you meditate regularly it can seriously reduce anxiety, stress, and depression. According to Dr Robert Schneider in Medical News Today Meditation has been shown to help lower blood pressure and diabetes. There is a wide range of clinical research highlighting the benefits of learning how to meditate. But it is also extremely beneficial at helping you access your own inner wisdom, your own higher self. It gives you clearer access to your intuition. And it increases confidence, concentration and focus. It is one of the reasons why it is being taught in so many corporate environments.
So What Is Meditation Today?
When I started to learn how to meditate nearly 30 years ago and even 10 years later when I was teaching meditation. Most students came just to let go of stress, to learn how to switch off and relax more. Most students were so in their head, they had no physical awareness of their body and found it a struggle to switch off. Today people are even more stressed and highly distracted, being stressed in many ways feels normal for them. They are burn-out and overstretched, but more students and clients want to learn how-to meditate for more spiritual reasons. I think their level of di-stress and discomfort breaks them open towards the more spiritual aspects of meditation.
Today we have much easier access to so many different spiritual type teachings, self-help tools that we can learn how to meditate, how to relax at the press of a button. We now have a lot more modern meditation techniques coming forward from around the world. And a lot more highly visible spiritual teachers who are helping make learning how to meditate more accessible and palatable. Teachers like Eckart Tolle and even Deepak Chopra have helped make certain types of meditation more beginner level friendly.
In my own practice, I teach a range of meditation and mindfulness tools, simple and easy ones. Because people crave simplicity, people are so busy and distracted, they need more short and easy meditative tools.
Also, I find certain styles and techniques more suitable than other’s for specific types of clients or students, with specific challenges. Especially with clients who suffer from extreme anxiety or other mental health challenges. Certain techniques are more effective and appropriate than others. Some meditative techniques you should not be used on someone who has PTSD or recent grief. Some techniques are not ideal for the beginner who wants to learn how to meditate.
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 this program is that you learn a lot about a lot of misconceptions and myths around meditation. So many people believe they can’t meditate or that they have to stop their thoughts. They give up quite early because they haven’t learned how to meditate the right way, the easiest way.
Learning how to meditate 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 and its one of the best life skills you can teach a child or adult.
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