Meditation is something completely normal in other cultures and nearly in all religions. If you do Yoga as a fitness routine, you know about meditation. I will show you how meditation can heal you and how you will love healthy silence.
In India, where Yoga comes from, it is a part of that routine. The physical aspect of Yoga is powerfully connected with meditation. Everything in Yoga is meditation, the way you sit, walk, breathe, move. Yoga strengthens your mind, energy, and body.
In the Western world, we have more likely the physical part of Yoga adopted as a fitness routine, which is good for staying healthy, strong, and calm.
I will talk about meditation as a healing factor. How can meditation heal you?
Most people in this modern world are daily in a stressful environment, family, work, daily tasks like shopping, everything around completing the household, and many other tasks. There is so much going on that we never have a quiet mind. Our thoughts are a kind of a whirlwind; never stop. It can make us ill. Lots of complaints might start to develop, making us weak, exhausted, and finally sick. Chronic diseases can develop, and preventing this from happening, meditation can help us to quieten our minds and give rest to our bodies. We must take the time to include meditation daily to prevent the toxins of a racing mind from settling. Meditation deepens our breathing and reduces the waste in our minds and body.
There are lots of possibilities to do that throughout the day. You don’t need to be a Yogi to meditate. I let you see what meditation is.
Meditation in Other Cultures
The first thought that comes into my mind is the Yogis in India and Tibet.
Wikipedia says:” A Yogi is a yoga practitioner, including a sannyasin or practitioner of meditation in Indian religions. The feminine form is yogini. These practitioners belong to the beliefs of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, a practitioner of tantra.”
This kind of meditation and life are born out of religion. In the modern world, we have experienced how beneficial Yoga is for the body and mind without practicing religion.
They offer Yoga lessons in many sports schools and studios, just for the physical component like gymnastics. And this is very beneficial for our muscles, bones, joints, but also our organs, and our mind.
Meditation cleans the body of mental waste. It is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. You create a stronger mind. The Yogis use it to enlighten themselves. But it is also used in the Christian religion by focusing on a verse from the bible or praying in tongues.
Meditation gives clarity, a peaceful mind and opens you to hear from God. It reconnects you with your mind, body, and spirit. In this state of “coming home, “healing can take place. You practice silence and calmness in your inner being, and by meditating every day, you reduce the damaging effects of stress.
Meditation in the Modern World
Now, I often hear that people think that they need to sit or lie down to meditate, an idea people have developed thinking of meditation. But we are not Yogis; we don’t have the time. If we can manage to meditate 15 minutes per day, it will benefit our minds and bodies already very much.
Monks and nuns in our world are meditating. Their whole life is meditation. Every activity they are doing is done for the connection with God. Whatever they do, they do in awe of God, praying, reading, taking the meals, singing, serving others, working. They do work in quietness, connected with God.
We don’t have this anymore. In this stressful time, we lost the connection to God, nature, and others. So we need to take breaks in our life to calm down by taking time to feel again and let our thoughts be sorted out. Meditation helps.
We don’t need to sit in a cave for months. There are lots of possibilities in our daily life. I will show you what meditation includes.
Forms of Meditation
Including meditation during your day is very easy. You could, of course, visit a class about it and learn to meditate. You could do mindfulness.
But you could save yourself the money and practice more mindful moments during your day. Even grabbing your mug with coffee or tea, sitting quietly, and thinking nothing is an excellent start in the morning, but also throughout the day. I do it when I am off from work, waking up early; I love to sit quietly, drinking my cup of coffee or green tea, and avoid thinking anything.
It helps you to come back, to reconnect with yourself. Take that moment, try to breathe deep into your belly, and let the thoughts come and go while enjoying your coffee.
A very effective method is to walk in the forest or along the beach( taking your shoes off), saying nothing, just listening to the sound of nature and or sitting in the sand, listening to the breaking waves, and staring towards the horizon.
You can also take your bible, read a specific verse, and pond around that, letting your thoughts flow. It is effective for everyone.
In the evening, you could lie down, breathe deep, and feeling your body consciously, breathing in each part of your body, feeling the relaxation of your muscles. Maybe you will fall asleep and sleep the whole night, having the best sleep of your life. Most people can’t sleep because their mind doesn’t stop racing or worrying. Meditation calms the mind.
I think a great form of meditation is quiet music, lying or sitting, and just listening to music. Listening to calming music is so healing, combining music and meditation is very beneficial. That is pure healing.
You see, there are lots of sorts of meditation. You only need to incorporate them into your daily routine. And make it your lifestyle. You will see the benefits very soon.
The Healing Effects of Meditation
First, meditation is a simple, fast way to reduce stress! Stress makes us anxious, tense, and worried. Spending a few minutes meditating can restore our grounded feeling and inner peace. Meditation is considered a type of complementary mind-body medicine.
It can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the whirlwind of thoughts crowding your mind and causing stress. This process results in enhanced physical and emotional well-being. It helps carry you more calmly through the day and manage symptoms of certain medical conditions.
Meditation may clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.
You will receive new perspectives on stressful situations, increase self-awareness, focus on the present situations, and reduce negative emotions.
It will help to increase your imagination and creativity but also increasing patience and tolerance.
There is a lot of evidence that meditation improves many medical conditions, like high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, heart disease, depression, asthma, anxiety, chronic pain( very effective in combination with breathing techniques), sleep problems, tension headaches( migraines) and even cancer.
It benefits all chronic diseases caused by permanent stress. You know from my other blogs that this is a complete circle! We are creating chronic diseases suffering much stress, internal and external stress. Environmental pollution, like air, water, soil, noise and light pollution is putting our body and mind in permanent distress. You can only change your little world, take responsibility for your environment and yourself by living a sustainable life avoiding damaging stressors.
You see, it is not difficult to embed meditation in your daily routine. Just try to do everything you do quietly and relaxed, focussing on breathing deep, listening to calming music( I find classical and Christian worship music very calming). Walking or sitting in nature has a calming, meditative effect.
There are lots of possibilities to include meditation or meditative moments. It would help if you found out what works for you. And again, you make a very immediate step towards your healing.
I am wishing you only the best.
Please let me know again how do you experience meditation. Do you have any benefits from meditating? I would love to know!
To your health,