We’ve all heard about the benefits of meditation, but for many people, it seems daunting and difficult to start. Rest assured, meditation doesn’t have to be complicated or intimidating – it can be simple and accessible for everyone. Let’s explore why meditation is so beneficial, as well as how to get started with a beginner’s practice.
The Benefits of Meditation
Meditation has been linked to a variety of health benefits. For instance, research indicates that regular meditation may reduce stress levels, improve emotional regulation, and even help alleviate symptoms of depression. In fact, in some cases meditation has been found to be just as effective as ketamine treatment for reducing symptoms of depression. Additionally, studies suggest that meditating may help improve focus and attention span while also boosting cognition and creativity.
Getting Started with Meditation
If you’re ready to give meditation a try, there are plenty of resources available. Mindful suggests beginning your practice by finding a comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed by noise or other distractions. Take some time to settle in and let your body relax before beginning your practice. Once you feel centered, begin focusing on your breath – inhaling deeply through the nose for 4-6 counts and exhaling slowly through the mouth for 6-8 counts – then let your mind wander wherever it needs to go without judgment or attachment. You can stay here for however long feels right; 5-10 minutes is often recommended for beginners. Throughout this process if thoughts arise simply observe them without judgment. Like observing the thought from a third person view. Don’t tell yourself you should have done better or put yourself down. More so see the thought, before bringing your attention back to the breath – this will help keep your practice mindful and focused on the present moment, which is key when starting out with meditation. As you continue practicing over time you will find yourself becoming more comfortable with silence as well as developing greater insight into yourself and the world around you.
Meditation can offer us a powerful toolkit to manage stressors while enhancing our mental clarity and emotional wellbeing. Taking even just 5 minutes out of each day can make an immense impact on our lives! Whether you’re looking for relief from depression or seeking greater focus in life, give meditation a try today – it could be the key that unlocks true potential within yourself!