Meditation: Training the Mind

The demands of modern day life take a toll on many. This causes many people to feel stressed and over-worked and there doesn’t ever seem to be enough time in the day to get everything done. With all the frustration and burdens carried throughout the day it can take a toll on your health. We get so caught up in our daily lives that we forget to make time to meditate. Meditation helps you relax and calm your nerves. It is a way to open up your mind and help you learn to focus. You only need about ten to fifteen minutes of meditation a day. Breathing meditation for that amount of time will help you overcome stress and help give you a peace of mind. It will help you collect your thoughts and you will be able to make wise choices.

Meditation helps you overcome negative thoughts and helps you build upon the positive. Meditation is an art that helps you focus on one area. You must focus 100% on one thing and allow your mind to be clear and care free. Meditation has many benefits: it helps increase concentration, it decreases anxiety, and it helps one maintain a feeling of happiness.

Many people try meditation sometime in their lives but only a small percentage of them still with it. It is an exercise that helps you gain focus and control of your life. It helps you take control of your life by helping you relieve all of your stress and build on positive emotions. It trains your mind by using different breathing techniques. For a beginner it can be very difficult sitting for hours which can be very nerve wracking at first. Clearing your mind can be very difficult at first which makes it very difficult for beginners to continue the practice. One of the best ways of approaching meditation is concentration.

Concentration meditation is a technique that involves you finding a focal point. Some examples are: watching a candle burn, focusing on a repetitive sound, or repeating a word. It can be very hard when trying to focus the mind. Beginners find it easier when they only start with a few minutes of medication instead of long periods of time. Meditators can build up the time they meditate by taking it slow and adding a little more time each time they meditate. When you are using concentration meditation you choose an object to focus on to help you keep your focus. This helps your awareness on the object of your choice when your mind begins to wander. This method of meditation helps with the ability to concentrate.

There are many different techniques of meditation that you can try. The daily meditation practice is practiced among the Buddhist monks. This method involves a lot of focus and patience. They envision negative thoughts and recasting them into a more positive light. Allowing the negative thoughts to be transformed compassion. There are many benefits to the art of meditation. When meditating relaxing seems to be major benefit that occurs. A lot of the benefits are short-term and are listed below:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Lower heart rate
  • Less perspiration
  • Slower respiration rate
  • Less anxiety
  • Less stress
  • And deeper relaxation

Researcher now are also seeing that meditation can also have long term effects. Some effects that they have noticed involve positive effects on the different functions of the brain and immune system. Buddhists believe that meditation helps the mind from attaching itself to things it can’t control. When you decide to start meditating you can start with the following steps. These steps are going to help you understand how to begin. You will first sit or lie down comfortably. There is also a meditation chair you can invest in if you so choose. After you are comfortable you will close your eyes. You will then breathe naturally. Focus on your breathing and how your body moves as you inhale and exhale. Let your mind clear and relax as you breathe in and out. These steps are good to follow as a beginner at meditating. Once you have gotten an understanding of how meditation works you can then try hard and longer methods.