5 things you might not know about meditation
Here are 5 things you might not know about meditation from our partner in health AIA Vitality that I think can really help you to live a happier life. I have reproduced the article below or you can go straight to the AIA Vitality website.
I’ve been practising meditation (I actually prefer the term mindfulness, provokes less thoughts of chanting for me, but each to their own) with a bit more consistency over the past 12 months. I find it really helpful particularly for being present in the various situations I find myself in each day. I use the Headspace app, for 10 or 20 minutes, usually 4 or 5 days a week first thing in the morning. I’m not very good at the visualisation techniques but I get a lot of value from focusing on breathing. Which as the article from AIA points out is great because it can be done throughout the day, on the go or when transitioning from one thing to the next. And, I don’t have to chant!
You can actually meditate anywhere
Seriously. When you’re walking, commuting, dozing or yes, cross-legged on the floor. Meditation is about taking a pause, slowing down and becoming conscious of the body and you can do that wherever you want.
It can be as simple as coming back to the breath
Your breath is actually a really useful tool for becoming more mindful. Lost in thought? Bring yourself back to your breathing. The foundation for every meditation session.
You don’t need to block your thoughts
Meditation isn’t about emptying your mind. It’s about learning to observe your thoughts, without getting too involved in them.
Don’t worry if you fall asleep
It’s more common than you think. Don’t chastise yourself, and don’t think you’ve ‘failed’. It happens, don’t dwell on it. Top up on your sleep and try again tomorrow.
The more you practice the easier it will be
The act of slowing down, observing your thoughts and using your imagination to understand meditation techniques will feel alien at first. But try and practice it on a regular basis and things will start to flow better, plus you’ll feel tangible benefits.