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I started practicing meditation 8 years ago. In the first 2 years, I did it constantly, almost every day.
After that, with pauses.
But somehow, I always go back to the practice because I love the benefits.
But first, here's a step by step, intro-level guide on how to meditate and then we'll go through the benefits of meditation.
During the meditation practice, your mind will begin to wonder.
That's perfectly OK. Gently bring your focus back on the breathing.
Repeat the practice for 2 weeks, once in the morning and once in the evening.
What will happen in time, if you keep doing this? Check out the list below.
- find a place to be alone for 10 minutes; it's important not to be disturbed
- sit down (either on a chair, on the couch or on the ground); the idea is to keep your back straight
- close your eyes
- focus on your breathing
- breathe deep, into your belly
- on the inhale, count to 4
- on the exhale, count to 8
It relaxes the mind and you don't get worried very easily
Your ability to focus on one thing at a time becomes laser-like, even when the environment you're in might might usually be distractive
It helps with controlling impulsive behavior. This means better self control over personal reactions, which increases self confidence
It increases your ability to observe your thoughts and internal dialogoue without judgement, reaction or labeling or attachment
Over time the practice brings forth more moments of inner peace; that's because the mind gets used to the peaceful moments during the meditation and starts accessing them more often
It becomes easier to access creative thinking
It helps you become more aware of your own emotional states. Why is this good? Increased awarenes helps breaking reactive behaviors
You become more connected to your intuition
It becomes easier to fall asleep
It makes you more aware of what is going on around you, in the moment, instead of thinking about the past and worrying about the future
It makes you more calm and forgiving in traffic
You become more understanding and forgiving with those people who might wrong you
Through constant practice, you build up better discipline
You develop better self control in tense situations
You start attracting quality people in your life, because your overall energy shifts
You become more grateful for everything that life has to offer, even if it's not perfect
The benefits of meditation
So this was the quick intro. There are countless forms of meditation, like
But all methods boil down to training your focus, the end result being conscious control of where your attention is going.
And no, you don't have to convert into a buddhist monk to do this or change religions.
The only downside is that meditation doesn't teach you how to levitate (bummer)...
- OSHO's dynamic meditation
- guided meditation
- walking meditation