Meditation has a huge impact on mental health and well-being. Meditation’s aim is simple: to pay attention, to be mindful. Recent scientific studies are proving that meditation has a profound effect on a person’s happiness. Meditation also decreases stress levels as well as sharpens memory and attention.
What is meditation?
Meditation is a way of concentrating on the here and now, and by doing so becoming more aware of how the here and now is affecting you. The trick is to breathe in, to observe and to learn to change the way you relate to the here and now.
While attending a mediation class, a teacher will ask you to sit upright in an alert position. You will be encouraged to focus on something rather straightforward, for example the inhalation and exhalation of your own breath. In doing so, you will soon realize that even a little bit of calm goes a long way.
Often referred to as “mental hygiene” meditation can improve your life in a variety of ways. Below, we highlight some of the main benefits of meditation.
1. Meditation reduces stress
Meditation allows people to take charge of their own nervous system and emotions. The practice pushes for a mind without agitation. Stress is an agitation, but through meditation you will be able to learn how to regulate stress and better control it.
2. Meditation improves concentration
Meditation is often linked with a variety of factors that increase the ability to focus as well as aid in memory. The strong focus of attention in meditation, for example on an idea, object or activity, is one of the central aims of the practice and helps people’s cognitive skills.
3. Meditation encourages a healthy lifestyle
Meditation encourages wanting things that are better for yourself. This awareness has been attributed to those who meditate choosing a healthier lifestyle as meditation encourages not harming oneself.
4. Meditation increases self-awareness
The practice of meditation clears the mind and calms it down. Meditation makes you feel comfortable in your own skin. Meditation helps you become more aware of your emotions, in turn increasing your self-awareness.
5. Meditation increases happiness
Meditation puts its students on the fast track to being happy. The practice increases signals in the left side of the brain which is responsible for positive emotions. The increased self-awareness that meditation ignites also contributes to overall well-being.
Is meditation worth a try?
Meditation is not a wonder cure, but a lot of evidence suggests that it does good for those who practice it regularly. Meditation has a variety of health and neurological benefits which balance a person’s over all well-being. It creates self-awareness and helps people become more in tune with their surroundings and factors in their lives that may be holding them back. Meditation is definitely worth a try if you would like to dig a bit deeper into yourself and become a bit more aware.
Meditation Class in Phuket
If you are new to meditation and looking for a supportive environment to practice in Phuket, please contact us. Santosa Detox and Wellness Center facilitates a wide variety of classes in our open air pavilion including meditation. For more information, please call +66 (0) 76 330 600 or fill in the form below.
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