Community Talks! Vol. 1, ep. 11.
A lot has been said about meditation and one common thought about it is that it is about putting your mind on ”blank”. Other beliefs about meditation are that it is a practice to gain “peace of mind” or to “control the mind”. None of these previous statements are meditation.
So, what is meditation? Meditation is a practice to cultivate core values of awareness, tranquillity, and insight. Understanding the mind and emotions better will enable us to work with our responses and actions in a way that leads to well-being and happiness – for ourselves and for those who are around us. As we come to value others' well-being and happiness, we are more likely to experience compassion and love.
Now, why do I meditate?
- I’m more aware of my thoughts and feelings in different situations and it has helped me to take a moment to think before I act.
- I recognize my negative emotions and I have learned to observe them, feel them, and let them go.
- It has helped me to be more empathetic with others and instead of judging them for their actions, I reflect on why they react or act in that way.
- Meditation has been a way for me to rest my mind, to let it be, and let go of the noise sometimes we can have of our thoughts.
- After meditation, I instantly feel more calm but energetic and ready to continue the day or just go to bed more serenely.
There are more reasons why I meditate, but I will let you go and try it! Everyone experiences meditation differently but for sure it will always bring benefits to the meditator. So here is a type of meditation I recommend anyone to start with:
Breathwork: The first thing we must do when we are born is breathing. Breathing is important to find balance and regulate our emotions. During this type of meditation, you will focus on your breathing. A simple exercise to start with it will be to:
- Take a comfortable position (sitting or lying) and close your eyes partially.
- Inhale slowly for 4 seconds.
- Hold for 4 seconds.
- Exhale slowly for 4 seconds or more.
- Repeat 3 times.
- Let your breathing take its normal rhythm and put your attention on
- Just observe and feel how the air comes in and out.
- If your mind starts wandering, just take back your attention to your breath.
Let me know how do you feel after this meditation!
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