Benefits of Meditation
Being able to quiet the mind is the ultimate self-control and full of health benefits. I have been practicing yoga for eleven years and I have a goal of eventually surrendering to the practice of meditation. I am so intimidated by the thought of just sitting in hopes of silencing my mind and that terrifies me because my mind is always active in thought. The closest I have come to successfully reaching a quiet mind is during a repetitive exercise like jogging, biking or kayaking, it is then that I achieve what I would call a zone.
I am always striving for self-improvement and a healthy lifestyle and I know the value of a meditation practice:
- Meditation reduces stress.
- It improves concentration.
- It encourages a healthy lifestyle.
- The practice increases self-awareness.
- It increases happiness.
- Meditation increases acceptance.
- It slows aging.
- It improves cardiovascular and immune health
Creating Your Own Meditation Space
It really doesn’t take much space at all, just a quiet area. Even a porch can act as your practice room. By hanging the translucent drapes it changes the whole atmosphere and softens the sunlight entering. The intention is cutting down on any distractions, especially when you are new to meditation practice.
Some people find peace in nature and if that feels right for you then think about making space outside for your meditation. Nature has been known to have some of the same health benefits that meditation does which would make a perfect environment.
If you’re a person that desires no distraction then a quiet minimally decorated room would be helpful for your practice. I love that this room was softened by a reclaimed distressed wall with a candle placed right in the center to help with centering the mind.
I am definitely one who enjoys nature and to be more specific I love water and find great peace next to it. I practice yoga poolside in the open air with the sunshine shining down on me. This beachside space would be extremely peaceful to me and the smell of the ocean along with the rhythmic sound of the waves I think would be what I would need to have success with meditation.
Mandala is a Sanskrit term that is believed to translate to “circle” in English. The circle of sand is a mandala, used as an aid to meditation. It is an ancient Indian belief that the mandalas represent the importance of the center as a sacred space from which a cosmic power can enter a figure.
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