Say Yes to Meditation and Goodbye to Stress

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Relaxing WavesDoes it feel like your life is nothing but a pile of stress? If yes, maybe it is time that you start meditating. Believe it or not, meditation can greatly enhance your life by making it free from the grip of stress.

Where Does Stress Come From?

Do you think that stress is an inseparable part of modern life? Well, to some extent that is true, but not entirely. More often than not, it is not a situation that causes us to become stressed out but our own thoughts.

Maybe your car broke down in the middle of the night, leading you to feel stress? But, did the event that your car broke down truly cause your stress? Not really! Your stress was caused by your own negative thoughts concerning the situation. Thoughts that went something like ‘God, why me?’, ‘What am I going to do now!’, ‘I have such a bad luck’ and so on!

How Can Meditation Help You?

Meditation can help you reduce your stress by enabling you to be aware of your thoughts and, to a certain extent, control or regulate them. Just like a lotus that blooms in a pond filled with mud, meditation can help you bloom in a life filled with problems.

How To Do Meditation?

There are many different forms of meditation. At its simplest, the practice involves just being mindful of your thoughts; in other words, to take notice of your thoughts consciously.

Another simple form of meditation involves closing your eyes, breathing deeply, and concentrating on nothing but the sensation of your breathing. There are many other forms of meditation, too; some simple, others complex.

While just starting out, you may want to start with short and simple practice sessions. Gradually, you can elevate the length and complexity of your meditation sessions.

Where To Find The Time?

Surveys suggest that most people who do not exercise have the same excuse: they do not have time for exercise! But, we all know how lame that excuse is, given that even the busiest of people, like presidents, celebrities, and athletes, exercise. With meditation, the situation is quite the same.
Do not give yourself the excuse that you do not have enough time to meditate.

Truth is, you can meditate while you walk by counting your steps and watching your breathing. You can even meditate when you are standing in the line at your favorite coffee shop by being mindful of your thoughts.

These days, even scientists agree that meditation can help people live better lives. That is only because meditation really works.

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Creating the Perfect Meditation Room to Call Your Own

Yoga RoomA meditation room is a room, or a secluded corner in your house, which allows you to think, breathe, meditate, and relax freely, without having to worry about any interference from anyone. You need not be a yoga practitioner to have a meditation room you call your own. Anybody can benefit from having one.

Picking The Right Spot

While picking a spot to turn it into your meditation room, you must pick one that is quiet and that does not get much foot traffic. A secluded spot where noise cannot bother you will serve you the best. Also, do not worry if your place is not very big. You need not have a grand house to find a spot which is peaceful. It is very much possible to find a relaxing spot even in a small house. In case you find it nearly impossible to locate a spot which does not get much foot traffic, you can always make use of partition to keep intruders away.

Furnishing Your Room

Even though you do not want to put too much effort into furnishing your meditation room, there are small adjustments you can make to make its ambience more effective.

For instance, you can place a chair that feels comfortable enough to allow you to curl the legs in it. If your space is too small to accommodate a chair, you can make use of a cushion, instead.

Other than that, you may want to fit a CD player somewhere in your room. A CD player will allow you to concentrate on your meditation sessions better by playing soft and relaxing music. You will also be able to use the player to play natural sounds, such as chirping of birds and striking of ocean waves.

Further, you may want to emphasize on the lighting of your room a bit, as bad lighting will only ruin your mood, making your meditation sessions less fruitful. While fitting your lights, stay far away from anything harsh, like fluorescent bulbs. Instead, choose lights that enrich your room with a subtle and soft glow.

When it comes to decorating your walls, you may use neutral colors to paint them. Additionally, you may want to fit a small shelf where you can place a few scented candles. Putting a vase of beautiful flowers on your shelf is a good idea, too.

Maintaining Your Room

Once your meditation room is fully set, you will not have to do much to maintain it. Your primary job will be to keep it free from any clutter, as the presence of clutter will only distract your mind.

Creating the perfect room to meditate is not hard. All you need to create one is a bit of willingness and a bit of creativity.

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Meditating with the Help of Relaxing Music and Other Art

Art Tulip ColorA good piece of art can make us relaxed, enabling us to forget about our worries. Activities that involve appreciation of art, like watching a good movie, reading a fine book and viewing a brilliant painting, help us concentrate in the moment fully. In other words, such activities allow us to let go of any thoughts concerning either our past, or our future.

The purpose of meditation, in many ways, is exactly that – to induce calmness in our minds. And so, it is perfectly possible to rely on music, or any other form of art, to achieve a state of meditation.

Using Music for Meditation

The best form of art that has the ability to put us in a state of meditation is, indeed, music. Good music helps us forget about all the chaos and problems going on in our lives. Meditating using music is best achieved by choosing songs that are relaxing. While listening to music is a very intense and relaxing experience in itself, there are ways in which the experience can be made even more intense and relaxing.

For example, we can be mindful of each and every instrument playing in a song to help our mind focus in the ‘now’ better. Another good technique is to use scented candles in a room where music is playing in the background. Dimming the lights while listening to relaxing music can help, too.

Using Other Forms of Art for Meditation

While music certainly has the highest ability to impart a relaxed state to our senses, other forms of art can help us achieve a state of meditation, too. The trick is to fully focus on the art at hand. That is to say that if a painting is used for relaxation, it is best to concentrate as profoundly as possible on it, by analyzing its every color, concentrating on its different elements, and imagining the painter painting it.

How Vital is Art for Meditation?

To perform meditation, reliance on art is not absolutely necessary. That said, art has the ability to make us relax and find peace in a way in which simple meditation never can. Deep breathing sessions or concentration meditation, for instance, can never help us get exposed to the bliss and the joy that we can experience by listening to soothing music, or by enjoying other kinds of art.

Meditating with the help of art can be a uniquely refreshing experience; and if trusted on a regular basis, it can even prove to be more effective than ordinary meditation.

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Meditation: Its Physical and Psychological Benefits

Most people are gradually getting tired of the ways of the modern world, as modern ways are forcing them to face a lot of anxiety and stress. And so, they are now gravitating toward all the things that are ancient, including meditation.

Picture of NatureMeditation, which involves calming the mind with the help of practices like deep breathing and mindfulness, can prove to be greatly effective in rendering a state of mental relaxation. Meditation can not only help a person clear his mind, but also assist him to get rid of certain ailments and diseases.

In this article, we primarily focus on the physical and psychological benefits that meditation provides.

Physical Benefits of Meditation

Almost half of the people who meditate do so because meditation can help them physically in a number of different ways. One physical benefit that is ensured by meditation is deep rest of the heart. Meditation helps the heart relax by decreasing metabolic and heart rate. Meditation, other than that, can decrease the level of cortisol present in the body, as well.

Cortisol is a chemical which is responsible for stress, and decrease in its level means decrease in the level of stress. Reduction of free radicals, lowering of high blood pressure, enhancement of skin resistance, drop of cholesterol level, and improvement of lung air flow are some other physical benefits provided by meditation.

Psychological Benefits of Meditation

Apart from helping a person’s physical state, meditation can positively impact his psychological state, too. Psychologically, meditation can help a person by increasing coherence among brain waves, decreasing irritability, lowering anxiety level, regulating mood, improving memory, eliminating depression, and enhancing cognitive abilities.

Additionally, the practice can help a person self-actualize better, feel youthful and rejuvenated, and embrace a positive outlook about things. In other words, meditation can help a person become one with his true self by distancing himself from all the external noise of the world.

Meditation is not just a practice; it is a way of life. Meditation, when welcomed and embraced with sincerity, can help anyone live a better life. However, it is worth mentioning that it takes time for the real benefits of meditation to show. Anybody who wants to improve his life with the help of meditation must engage in the practice for several months before judging its benefits. Also, it is important to consult a physician prior to making meditation a vital part of life.

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