Meditation is a legitimate health craze. The powers of meditation are mighty and can do so much for one’s mind, body and spirit. Research has linked the practice to a plethora of benefits including improved cardiovascular health and cognitive benefits. Studies suggest that meditation is about much more than “blissing out” and the effects on the mind, body and spirit are phenomenal.
At first glance of the mind, body and spirit, or even with self-assessment, it is easy to see the benefits of meditation. Within the mind, meditation cultivates willpower and helps to build focus and concentration. Meditation also increases gray matter and boosts cognitive function. There are changes that occur throughout the body during a meditation practice which include a decrease in pain, as well as the lowering of blood pressure and the easing of inflammation. Meditation also reduces the risk of heart disease and boosts the immune system. With regards to an individual’s spirit, meditation cultivates so much good. Meditation builds self knowledge, increases compassion, improves empathy and cuts emotional reactivity.
It all sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? However, some still may be wondering what exactly meditation is. By definition, meditation is the act or process of spending time in quiet thought. Meditation is not a difficult activity to participate in. However, it does take some practice to become mindful and present. Start small. Set aside ten minutes a day in a quiet place to meditate. Focus on breathing patterns, and if the mind starts to wander bring your awareness back to your breath. This is how the practice of meditation begins.
If your curiosity is piqued and you would like to give meditation a try, there are some things to consider in order to really and wholeheartedly reap the benefits of the practice. You should experiment with different sitting positions, for example cross-legged, kneeling or on a chair until you find one that you can comfortably hold for at least ten minutes. Study and begin to explore the basic meditation techniques of mindfulness and loving-kindness. If available in your area, take a meditation class with a teacher or join a meditation group. It’s also best to consider what motivates you to meditate and make sure to remain enthusiastic about that topic.
Lastly, with meditation, it is so very important to follow a healthy lifestyle. Eat well, exercise regularly, get enough rest and avoid bad habits such as drinking and smoking. Keep your mind alert and engaged, especially before a session. All of these combined factors will allow you to really reap the benefits and mighty powers of meditation.
Meditation in Phuket
Looking to explore meditation in Phuket within a friendly environment that is able to help guide and nurture your practice? We welcome you to join our Beginner’s Meditation class here at Santosa Detox and Wellness Center. Simply fill out the enquiry form and a member of staff will get back to you advising the days and times of the class. Join our friendly class to experience the mighty powers of meditation here at our detox and wellness center located near Kata Beach on the southern Thai island of Phuket.
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