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Meditation: A 2021 Beginner’s Guide to Love, Kindness and Mindfulness

Meditation: A 2021 Beginner’s Guide to Love, Kindness and Mindfulness

Meditation is a technique that has been around for centuries, and it's no secret why - meditation can provide you with benefits like: increased focus and productivity, less stress and anxiety, better sleep. As we live in a time where distractions are constantly at our fingertips (think social media), many of us feel like we don't have the time to meditate. But what if I told you that just 10 minutes per day was all it took? It could be worth your while!

We'll explore the meaning and benefits of meditation below.

What is Meditation? Meaning of Meditation

Meditation simply means focusing your attention on one object. It can be a simple word, phrase, geometrical figure or candle flame, or even the movement of your breath. Your mind constantly processes a variety of sensations, visual impressions and emotions. Meditation helps you to focus and reduce the amount of stimuli that bombard your nervous system. It also calms your mind. The Relaxation Response, a simple method for reducing stress, has been extensively studied in psychology labs. It has not lost its spiritual roots. Meditation works because it connects you to a spiritual dimension. Different commentators use different names but I prefer to call it simply being.

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Meditation is an active process, which combines the qualities of insight, concentration, and wisdom.

Why meditate?

No matter what your ideal life looks like -- perfect vacations and perfect sex, perfect health or complete freedom from tension and stress, you will pay a heavy price for having high expectations. If life doesn't live up to your expectations, which it will, you can end up feeling miserable and blaming others. Meditation can help you cultivate acceptance. It teaches you to let go of your judgments and to accept each experience, without trying to fix it. This will allow you to use this ability to calm your nerves and keep your mind at ease when things get tough.

Meditation has many benefits

  1. Decreased heart rate during quiet meditation
  2. Normal and moderately hypertensive people have lower blood pressure
  3. Faster recovery from stress
  4. Alpha rhythms, slow, high-amplitude brain waves which correlate with alpha rhythms, increase With relaxation
  5. Enhanced Synchronization (that is simultaneous operation) of both the right and Left hemispheres are the brain’s left (which positively correlates to creativity).
  6. Lower cholesterol
  7. Reduced energy consumption and oxygen requirements
  8. Slower, deeper breathing
  9. Relax your muscles
  10. Reduced intensity of pain

Meditation to Create a Balanced Life

A balanced lifestyle is a fundamental principle of psychology. This means that every day should contain as many things you look forward to as you do not want to do. This can be challenging on busy work days. It is important to ensure that there are at least some fun activities even on the busiest days. Mindfulness goes one step further. Every task we do has fun aspects. Finding joy in tasks makes them easier. Recognizing the positive aspects of every experience is key.

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Meditation makes you feel good.

Meditation is simply the taste of peace. What does peace taste like? It's more than words, but you know your name better than anyone else.

How to Reduce Stress in Your Mind

Meditation can help you to relax, breathe deeply, ease your stomach, let go of your stories, and allow you to feel the pain. The pain will often release and let go. Even if it doesn't, it is generally easier to bear. You can increase your concentration by focusing on thoughts and feelings. You can then use the power of perceptive insight to explore your inner experience and learn how they work. This understanding will allow you to eliminate the stress-causing patterns.

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Where can I meditate?

You may have seen the Chinese paintings of a bearded man in flowing robes sitting in contemplation at a top with a thundering waterfall beside him. Perhaps you have had moments where you wish you could be that sage and disappear into the mountains to meditate in peace and simplicity for the rest your life. Unfortunately, modern life isn't always supportive of such fantasies. You don't have to shave your head and run for the hills. Instead, there are some simple steps you can take to create a meditation space. The space you create will make your life more fulfilling than you could ever imagine. You can sit down comfortably and quietly, then slowly and carefully bring your attention towards a specific thing. Watch what happens.

Love, compassion, forgiveness, and meditation

The great meditative traditions tell us that meditation can help you cultivate the energy in your heart, just as you can cultivate awareness. You can create and expand this energy consciously and intentionally to benefit yourself and others, regardless of whether it is love, joy or peace.

How to meditate with challenging emotions

Meditation is a different way to relate to your emotions. Instead of suppressing, indulgenting, or exploding your emotions, meditation allows you to directly experience them as they are, as a interplay of thoughts and sensations. Once you have mastered the art of following your breath and expanding the scope of your awareness to include thoughts and feelings, which can take months or even years, you will be able to focus your attention on the emotions you find difficult or objectionable and gain a deeper understanding of the nature of the experience.

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You should have a consistent posture for formal meditations. However, you may be able to practice it at different times. It is not about relaxing the entire body, but rather to develop the muscles necessary to be able to sit in one position for long periods of time without fatigue. This is similar to how a soldier can stand for long periods of time at attention during parades. The body may initially feel a little aching, but that is normal. Choose your posture and stick to it.

Relaxation can be achieved by lying down once you feel the sensation of relaxation. Start with your feet, legs and toes. Next, stretch to your neck, stretching the trunk, fingers, arms, neck, neck, neck, neck, neck, and cheeks. You will let each part of your body relax as you go, and then you'll feel a deep sense of physical pleasure. Your lungs will naturally begin to breathe again, but in a more gentle manner and at a slower pace. You should now feel like a cat, but with no desire to rise.

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What makes you want to meditate?

This is an important question and it should not be a shy or embarrassing question. It is often believed that meditation should not be goal-oriented. We live in a goal-oriented society. We expect, and sometimes even demand, results when we do something. If it doesn't provide a tangible benefit, we won't invest our time and effort in it. And neither should you.

Is Meditation a Religion?

It is a common misconception in the West. Meditation is often equated with Buddhism. There is a big difference.

Buddhism is a religion, just like Christianity and Judaism. Meditation is an open-minded process of awareness. You can find it in Buddhism as well as in many other religious traditions like Christianity and Judaism. Its sole purpose is to help develop a meditation practice that you can use throughout your life. There is no hidden agenda.

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Integration of the Spiritual and Psychological

Spirituality must be relevant to the current problems in order to be valuable. It must address the issues of complex relationships, mortgages, and rush hour traffic. It must be able to go beyond the Zen mantra to "chop wood and carry water", as Charlotte Joko Beck, Zen teacher, so well put it: "Make love, drive freeway," Mindfulness is the energy that allows this to happen.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness isn't limited to specific places or times. You can wake up wherever you are and pay attention to what you see. Mindfulness can be described as a state of being in the present moment. Mindfulness refers to the ability to simply be present and observe what is happening, now and then, without judgement or resistance. Mindfulness is the ability to accept and be present with what is going on in your life at this moment. Radical acceptance is the practice.

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Meditation is a way to self-love

It is important to not force anything. This cannot be stressed enough. You can't force yourself to feel calm if you are anxious. Your original wholeness has been divided into two warring parts: the part that desires peace and the part that is anxious. You have now made a trade for one problem. Now you feel anxious and you struggle with yourself to not feel this way. Now you're both anxious and anxious about being anxious. You are now worse off than before.

Conclusion : Meditation: A way to Love, Kindness and Mindfulness

When we stop to take a few moments for self-reflection, often called meditation, we can learn more about ourselves. This exercise is known as an ancient practice and with good reason! It’s been proven to help reduce stress levels and anxiety while also improving mood, memory function, creativity and productivity at work or school — just to name a few benefits. While there are many ways you might meditate (from sitting in silence before bedtime to spending time on your yoga mat), the most popular way of getting started with this practice is by following along with guided meditation videos from YouTube or iTunes . In addition to these free options, there are lots of apps designed specifically for those looking for some guidance when it comes to start learning meditation.

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