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.
In India, where Yoga comes from, it is a part of that routine. The physical part of Yoga is powerfully connected with meditation. Everything in Yoga is meditation.
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.
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. This can make us ill. Lots of complaints can start to develop, making us weak, exhausted, and finally ill. Chronic diseases can develop. To stop that, meditation can help us to quieten our minds and give rest to our body. We must take the time to include meditation.
And 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 religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, a practitioner of tantra.”
This kind of meditation and life is born out of religion. In the modern world, we have experienced how beneficial Yoga is for the body and mind without practicing the religion.
They offer Yoga lessons in many sports schools and studios, just for the physical component like gymnastics. And this is really very beneficial.
The meditation is used to clean 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( Wikipedia). The Yogis use it to enlighten themselves. But it is also used, for example, 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 connects you with your mind, body, and spirit, and with yourself. In this state of “coming home, “healing can take place.
Meditation in the modern world
Now, I often hear that people think that they need to sit or lie down to meditate. This is a normal idea people have when they think of meditation. But we are not Yogis; we don’t have the time. Monks and nuns in our world are meditating too. Their whole life is meditation.
Because 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, with nature, with others, with ourselves. 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. You will see what meditation includes.
Forms of meditation
To include meditation during your day is very easy. You could, of course, visit a course 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 quiet and thinking nothing is a great start in the morning, but also throughout the day.
It helps you to come back, to connect again with yourself. Take that moment, try to breathe deep into your belly, and let the thoughts go while enjoying your coffee.
You could walk in the forest or along the beach( taking your shoes off), saying nothing, just listening to the sound of nature. Or sitting in the sand, listening to the breaking waves, and staring towards the horizon.
Take your bible, read a certain verse, and pond around that, letting your thoughts flow. It is for everyone, whatever religion you belong to.
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.
I think a great form of meditation is quiet music, lying or sitting, and just listening to music. It is so healing. Both great beneficial components are coming together, music and meditation. 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.
What healing effects have meditation?
First, meditation is a simple, fast way to reduce stress! Stress makes us anxious, tense, and worried. Spending a few minutes in meditation can restore our calm and inner peace. Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary 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, increasing self-awareness, focusing on the present situations, reducing 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.
Actually, it benefits all chronic diseases because they are developed with permanent stress. You know from my other blogs that this is a complete circle!
You see, it is not difficult to embed meditation in your daily routine. Just try to do everything you do quietly and hear 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 close step towards your healing.
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,