The Magic of Meditation
Find out how 10 mins a day can change your life
From the New In 90 Team
Being isolated in your home, either by yourself or with family, can be really stressful so it’s even more important to look after your mental as well as your physical state.
The advice to everyone is to take one form of exercise each day – but what about your mind?
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So, exactly what is “meditation”, why is it good for you and what part can it play in a healthier and fitter lifestyle?
What’s immediately obvious is that many people are put off the whole process because of its mainly religious connections, the feeling that meditation is reserved for Buddhist monks and slightly “wacky” people!
Some people say they would feel “silly” if they told their family or friends they were going to meditate and others say they wouldn’t be able to get into the positions!
Needless to say modern meditation has nothing to do with religion and you can easily do it sitting comfortably!
Why meditation is so important
Whatever you call the process, what’s really important is for everyone to realise the benefits of just finding some time for yourself each day – particularly when we are all locked down either alone or with family. Taking some time out to sit down and “turn off” is a great way to de-stress and relax, and it only needs to take 10 minutes (although if you can manage a bit longer, you will notice even more positive effects).
And if you get into the habit of “meditating” every day, you’ll notice some incredible benefits – one’s that will help you cope better and more confidently with all the little (and big) problems that life tends to throw at us!
Remember though, like a lot of things in life, you won’t see wondrous results after just one sitting, so try it for at least seven consecutive days if you can.
Meditation – Getting Started
Start by finding somewhere as quiet and distraction free as possible. Sit down in a comfy upright chair (not your favourite sagging armchair!) and place your hands on your lap (no need for any painful cross-legged poses here). The object is not to fall asleep but if you’re worried you will, put a timer on your phone and have it close by. You’ll also be fully awake, so you’ll be able to hear other sounds, such as the doorbell ring, or a child cry out.
Close your eyes and breath in slowly through your nose or mouth, it doesn’t really matter. Remember, there are no rules here – it’s all about finding out what works best for you. Concentrate on your breathing and your body and feel how your body seems to get heavier with each breath out. Keep your breaths slow and deep.
Now, to get your mind to go from manic mode to relaxation mode quickly takes lots of practice, so you’ll find that you immediately start thinking about something as soon as you close your eyes. That’s absolutely OK and perfectly natural. Just as soon as you realise this is happening, gently re-direct your mind back to your breathing and body. Repeat this “re-focusing” as often as you have to. In the first few sessions, it might feel as though this is all you do!
Meditation – The Benefits
The first few times you try this, your mind will be incredibly restless and all over the place! But remember, just the act of sitting down and breathing slowly can be very beneficial, particularly if you feel extra stressed and your body is taut.
The key thing is to really try and find that 10 minutes! After a while (for some people it happens quite quickly, others take longer), you’ll be able to turn “off” much quicker and soon you feel the benefits of giving your mind a rest as well as your body.
Getting fitter and healthier is much more than just losing a bit of weight and meditation (or whatever you choose to call it) can play a huge part in the whole process.
The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll see the benefits.
The New In 90 team