Meditation is a practice of mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. Meditation can be done with a focus. Your focus can be a single point physical or non-physical like a yantra (geometric representation of the world) or a mandala (round concentric representations of the universe).
To me, yantras have the feeling of an opening into another portal. I like meditating with yantras because it helps me focus. Closing my eyes during mediation sometimes makes me too sleepy.
Meditation has been around for long, but modern science has only begun to focus on this practice extensively in the last few decades. Some of the biggest leaps in how science can interpret meditation have only been possible because of current technology.
Meditation has long been demonstrated to decrease stress and nervousness, also increase personal well-being and feelings of peace. By practising meditation consistently and tracking your mind, you'll soon find delight in meditation. Yes i know this can seem far off. At this point, you might be struggling with sitting and the many thoughts coming and going. I find it helps not to struggle with thoughts. Let them come and go. Observe them without attaching to them. The same holds true for feelings.
Benefits of Meditation
The popularity of meditation is increasing as more people discover its many health benefits.
Here are reviews on Major health benefits of meditation.
⦁ Stress reduction
This is one of the most common reasons people try meditation. Meditation has been well researched in the last few years and is found to positively reduce stress reduction.
⦁ Less Anxiety
Meditation can reduce stress levels, which translates to less anxiety. What`s more, some research suggests that a variety of mindfulness and meditation exercises may reduce anxiety levels. Meditation may also help control job-related anxiety.
⦁ Reduce Depression and Promote Mental Health
Similarly, a review of 18 studies showed that people receiving meditation therapies experienced reduced symptoms of depression, compared with those in a control group Another study found that people who completed a meditation exercise experienced fewer negative thoughts in response to viewing negative images, compared with those in a control group.
Some forms of meditation may help you develop a stronger understanding of yourself, helping you grow into your best self. For example, self-inquiry meditation explicitly aims to help you develop a greater understanding of yourself and how you relate to those around you.
⦁ Strengthens our attention
Studies show that people who regularly practiced meditation performed better on a visual task and had a greater attention span than those without any meditation experience. One study found that meditating for just 13 minutes daily enhanced attention and memory after 8 weeks.