Meditation And The Mind-Body Connection
I will be totally honest and tell you meditating and I have had an on again off again relationship. I am a very high strung individual and the idea of sitting still and just breathing has often been troublesome for me. I was amazed when I read of all the reasons and benefits of meditation I didn’t know.
The first thing you have to fully realize if you haven’t yet is the Mind-Body connection. The mind or your brain controls and sends signals to your body.The Healthcare community knows this and it is why Meditation has been embraced in treating many diseases and health disorders. Take a look at the many benefits below:
- Heart Disease
- Menopausal Symptoms
- Sleep Disorders
- Low Testosterone
- Better Decision Making
- Low Libido
If you didn’t know by now Stress contributes to an overwhelming number of health conditions and since you honestly can’t avoid stress in life, Meditation offers your mind and your body a break. They are even teaching it in schools to Elementary aged children. It really isn’t hard to adopt in your daily life since you can do it anywhere. Even ten minutes a day on your lunch break can make a huge difference.
How We Breathe
We don’t breathe correctly. A Doctor recently told me that most don’t breathe from their Diaphragm and this only can harm your well-being. Here is how we practice meditating:
Your shoulders should be loose and relaxed
Always inhale through your nose, as you are breathing in your tummy should distend
Place a hand with gentle pressure on your belly as you slowly exhale
For some, it helps to count breaths, in the beginning, count to five inhaling, hold for 5, exhale for five.
The Different Types Of Commonly Practiced Meditation
Guided Meditation is often referred to as Visualization. You practice by picturing mental images of things and situations that help you relax
Mantra Meditation is where you repeat a word or phrase that is calming to prevent outside thoughts from creeping in.
Mindful Meditation this meditation centers around being present in the moment. Concentrating, even listening to your breathing
Qi Gong is Traditional Chinese meditation practice that involves physical movement and breathing to restore balance
How To Start Meditating
The truth is there are lots of ways to meditate. Meditative breathing takes practice, so starting there is a great idea. You can meditate anywhere. It is the process of being still with your body and clearing your mind. Many people do it while walking or Yoga, even coloring is considered meditation.
Try starting every day meditating with five or ten minutes of being still with your eyes closed and practicing counting breath. You will be amazed at how much better you feel.