Meditation 101: Basics of Meditation That Have the Power to Save Your Life

By: Hedayette

Meditation is the art of silencing the mind. When the mind is silent, concentration is
increased and we experience inner peace in the midst of worldly turmoil. This elusive inner peace is what attracts so many people to meditation and is a quality everyone can benefit from.
These are some of the benefits of meditation:
1. Improved concentration – A clear mind makes you more productive, especially in
creative disciplines like writing.
2. Less bothered by little things – Do you sometimes allow yourself to get upset by little
things? It is the nature of the mind to magnify small things into serious problems.
Meditation helps us detach. We learn to live in the here and now, rather than worrying
about the past or future. We do not worry about meaningless things, but see the bigger
picture.
3. Better Health – There have been numerous studies pointing to the health benefits of
meditation. The reason is that meditation reduces stress levels and alleviates anxiety. If
we can reduce stress, many health benefits follow.
4. Knowledge of Self – Meditation enables us to have a deeper understanding of our inner self. Through meditation we can gain a better understanding of our life’s purpose.
In addition to Lower blood pressure Improved blood circulation, lower heart rate, less
perspiration, slower respiratory rate, less anxiety, lower blood cortisol levels, more feelings of well-being, and less feeling less stressed.
So you might be wondering how to meditate, but don’t worry I’ve got your back! There are many ways you can meditate depending what you want to achieve by the end of your
session.

#1- Concentration Meditation
Concentration meditation involves focusing on a single point. This could entail following the breath, repeating a single word or mantra, staring at a candle flame, listening to a repetitive gong, or counting beads on a mala. Since focusing the mind is challenging, a beginner might meditate for only a few minutes and then work up to longer durations. In this form of meditation, you simply refocus your awareness on the chosen object of attention each time you notice your mind wandering. Rather than pursuing random thoughts, you simply let them go. Through this process, your ability to concentrate improves.

#2- Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness meditation encourages the practitioner to observe wandering thoughts as they drift through the mind. The intention is not to get involved with the thoughts or to judge them, but simply to be aware of each mental note as it arises.
Through mindfulness meditation, you can see how your thoughts and feelings tend to move in particular patterns. Over time, you can become more aware of the human tendency to quickly judge an experience as good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant. With practice, an inner balance develops. In some schools of meditation, students practice a combination of concentration and mindfulness.

#3- Other techniques
There are various other meditation techniques. For example, a daily meditation practice
among Buddhist monks focuses directly on the cultivation of compassion. This involves
envisioning negative events and recasting

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