The Benefits of Meditation and How to Quiet Your Mind Explained Simple
MEDITATION AS A PRACTICE
The exercise of meditation has ancient origins, developing first in India, later becoming part of different religious practices among Buddhists, Jews, and even Christians, to mention a few. Today meditation is widely known, studied, and practiced by many, regardless of their religious background and beliefs. There are many techniques for meditation, most of which entail breathing exercises and all with the main intention of calming the mind. Meditation is the perfect tool to manage any kind of stress. But beyond all that, practicing meditation by consciously controlling your breathing is one of the most pleasant practices you can ever do. It allows you to connect within yourself on a transcendental level.
By quieting our minds, our habitual thought patterns slow down naturally, increasing our vibration and creating space to receive new thoughts. Abraham-Hicks explains that in this state, our mind clears up and we are keener on receiving thoughts than on thinking them. We become more open, and we feel that images stream easily like a movie; we are experiencing the bliss of a daydream.
The practice of meditation has tremendous benefits and positive results not only for our inner state of being but also in our physical bodies and life at large. If we are aware of how we feel, we will see how our inner state is connected to our physical world and everything we are experiencing. We act and react differently based on how we feel as we become that which we think ourselves into being. Conscious breathing allows us to tap into our innate power to relax, to release resistance, and to see our world from a different perspective.
MEDITATION AND SCIENCE
In the last decades, the interest of scientists to study the effects of meditation on our psychological and physiological levels has increased tremendously. Many of these, such as Dr. Joe Dispenza, DC, became spiritual leaders who also study and teach us how to convert the consciousness that runs through and to us into physical form.
Dr. Dispenza says that when we relax our bodies, almost like falling asleep but keeping the mind awake, we move to a deep state of relaxation that allows us to step into the doorway between the conscious and subconscious minds. He is continuously researching brainwaves and their effects on our physical existence. He says that negative thinking comes mostly from habits of thoughts where we imagine scenarios that don’t even exist. Our brains become overly active in what he calls the beta state or survival mode. When we quiet the chatter in our heads, Dr. Dispenza explains that we go beyond beta to slower brain waves, such as alpha, theta, and delta states. If we want to create a more pleasant experience for ourselves through meditation, we can slow down our brain waves by connecting to our subconscious minds. In that space, we can change the patterns and habits of thinking that affect our bodies, which in turn create the chemicals that drive the emotions we feel.
By practicing meditation, we are not only changing our habits of thoughts but also the emotional states the body has become addicted to. That’s why sometimes we come back to a physical space or a situation we haven’t been in a long time, and we feel the emotions again. Our body remembers them. In fact, we mostly remember emotions.
HOW TO MEDITATE
Our contemporary existence is filled with non-stop content, which keeps our brains in a perpetual motion mode. That’s why we sometimes find it difficult to relax. But it is up to us to take care of our own well-being and find the time to do it. This will take a little bit of practice, but twenty minutes a day is enough to sit in a quiet place, close our eyes, and breathe. After a restful night of sleep, we are more receptive to quieting our minds. After an intense day, it is also great to meditate before going to sleep, lying in our bed as we drift off.
The simplest way to meditate is to find a comfortable and quiet place to sit (or lie down if you prefer). You can set a soft alarm for twenty minutes. Close your eyes, and as your breathing grows slower and softer, focus on one consistent noise, which might be the air conditioner, the sound of birds, or your own breath. That will disrupt and slow your usual thoughts. You will feel more relaxed, a different kind energy running throughout your body and brain. As your habitual thoughts fade away and you create the space for new ones to come, you might start receiving pleasant images. After you finish your meditation, you will find yourself smiling and eager to enjoy a beautiful day or great night’s sleep ahead.
Breathing meditations can be done everywhere at any time; there’s no need to close your eyes. Try it consistently, and you will be amazed how aware of your feelings and reactions you become. Improvements in your life will become evident. Meditation has infinite benefits, but ultimately, when we do it because it feels good, without an ulterior motive, we will experience it at its fullest.