Introduction to Meditation

Meditation the Key to Calmness

The world today is so fast paced that it seems to leave little room for us to slow down, relax and be calm. Even when we go on holiday we take the office and work with us in our minds, thinking about the next board meeting, a dissatisfied client or a where the next deal will come from.

We think we are relaxed and calm, but there are many unseen pressures, concerns, worries and thoughts going on deep within our minds. If we don’t consciously and deliberately take time out to calm ourselves and quieten the inner noise, stress will build up and eventually affect the quality of our lives and how we deal with people around us.

It doesn’t have to be like that. The practice of meditation will help us slow down and become still. It enables our mind to become focused and calm, allowing us to be able to cope with all the daily pressures of a hectic life.

Not a Religious Act Only

People normally associate meditation as being solely for spiritual or religious practices. While it is true that many religions make meditation part of their religious practice, it isn’t necessarily a religious practice only. In fact more and more people who aren’t religious are embracing the practice of meditation.

If you feel that life is getting a little to hectic and leaving you stressed out, then it would be a great time to slow down, get calm and relaxed. Meditation can help you achieve the relaxed state you need to calm the mind and become stress free.

The Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is a kind of mental exercise that has major health benefits for both the mind and the body. Meditation will help calm the mind, create a more focused state and increase brain function.

Medical research indicates that the practice of meditation tends to evoke a state of physiological relaxation: blood pressure drops, heart beats slower and breathing is quieter, other biochemical changes can also occur.

Just 20 minutes of meditation a day can provide relief for many mental and physical ailments.

A published study in the Journal of Hypertension showed that meditation helps lower blood pressure and leads to lower stress hormones.

  1. It reduces the symptoms of many chronic illnesses such as, cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.
  2. Helps with and relieves chronic pain, headaches and migraines.
  3. Meditation helps boost the immune function and even stop binge eating.
  4. There is a significant relief from asthma attacks.
  5. Lowers blood lactate reducing anxiety and panic attacks.
  6. It has been reported that meditation even helps with the lowering of cholesterol.
  7. Decreases muscle tension and relaxes the nervous system.
  8. It helps build self confidence.
  9. Helps to control an over active mind.
  10. Increases brain wave coherence.
  11. Helps with the removal of bad habits.
  12. Helps develop intuition, creativity and focus.
  13. Improves learning ability and increases memory retention.
  14. Improves sleep patterns and helps eradicate insomnia.

Conclusion

In summary: meditation can help you de-stress, relax and become calm. This will give your mind and body the opportunity to be still and recover from all the anxiety and stress of the day. It will also help you to become more focused and clear in finding solutions and creating new ideas for the present and in the future.

So why not do your mind and body a favour, and give meditation a try today and see and feel the benefits for yourself. You can begin meditating for as little as 10 minutes a day, and as you become more disciplined in your routine gradually increase the time to 20 minutes and then 25, 35 and so on until you can do 45 minutes to an hour.

Mark Csabai

Mark Csabai is an NLP Life Coach in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He works with clients in and around the Free State to help them achieve more, manage stress, build self-worth, increase confidence, overcome fears and help maintain a better life-balance.