What is Meditation and How Will it Help Me?

First, let’s explore what meditation actually is. If you’ve Googled “meditation,” you’ve probably noticed that there is no shortage of information out there. While in some ways that’s great, it may leave you wondering where am I supposed to begin?

Meditation is a name given to the many techniques that turn your attention inward. There are many types of meditation – each one asks us to engage or focus our attention. You’ve probably heard of these: visualization, contemplation, walking, chanting, watching your breath, silent mantra meditation, and mindfulness. There are many others.

One of the most common questions is: What is the difference between meditation and mindfulness? I created this diagram in order for you to see that meditation is the broader term under which many different practices arise. From this, you can see that all mindfulness practices are considered meditation, but not all meditations are considered mindfulness.

Meditation techniques have been practiced for thousands of years. Meditation was originally practiced so one could deepen their understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. Though meditation may be spiritual for some, the practice is not necessarily religious in nature. Meditation is now becoming mainstream, probably due to the high amount of stress our modern day lives can create. It is practiced by millions of people around the world.

Meditation is recommended by almost every health professional because it provides a proven way to give your mind and body a rest and to reduce stress. Your mind is a powerful tool that has a huge impact on the health of our bodies as well as the quality of our lives. The single most effective way to detoxify the body is to detoxify the mind.

Millions of people are now meditating and research has demonstrated the physical, social, emotional, psychological, and spiritual benefits of meditation. In this fast-paced world where stress is the new “normal” people are becoming increasingly inspired to learn to meditate.

Research has demonstrated the benefits of meditation in many areas:

• Decreased blood pressure and hypertension

• Lowered cholesterol levels

• Reduced levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline

• Increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA

• Improved immune function

• Decreased anxiety, depression and insomnia

• Enhanced concentration, memory and the ability to learn

• Improved creativity and problem-solving skills

Perhaps the greatest gift of meditation is the sense of inner calm and peace it brings into your daily life.

Meditation can be easy if you are taught correctly. It is not about stopping thought: that would be impossible. Meditation is going beyond or transcending thought to find the quiet that is already there.

Whichever type of meditation you choose, done correctly, it allows your body to reach a naturally occurring rest state. According to research, this rest is different from sleep. It is much deeper, and at the same time, you are more alert.

I was personally drawn to a method that included a number of techniques that are based on ancient practices and current research but are not aligned with any particular spiritual or religious beliefs. I wanted to practice a method of meditation that was simple, effective, and universal.

There are 3 main reasons that people are drawn to meditation. I share these reasons in the following short video:

MEDITATION IS FOR YOU IF you feel that stress is impacting your life, you’d like to feel more peaceful and/or you’re confused about who you are and what you want in life.

You may notice that you feel anxious at times and that you have a mind that just won’t stop. You may find that it is difficult for you to sit quietly with yourself and you prefer to keep yourself really busy. You may also find that you have difficulty falling or staying asleep.

Are you aware that meditation can help you with all of these struggles that you have? And don’t worry, you don’t have to sit cross-legged like a pretzel or change your diet or spend tons of time. You just need 5 minutes and your brain. That’s it!

There’s no doubt that meditation would be a great addition to your life.

Assuming you’re on board to give it a try, all you need to do is commit 5 minutes a day. I’m sure that even if you’re busy you can afford 5 minutes. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Take it on as an experiment and see what happens!

Before I give you key pointers about how to meditate, I want to tell you about Marlene. Marlene was a successful young woman who went back to work in her corporate job when you daughter was six months old. Before long, Marlene found herself getting sinus infection after sinus infection and couldn’t figure out why she was always getting sick.

Marlene also noticed that she was becoming weepier and was finding it difficult to feel good a work. She was very confused because she had always been that competent, together and successful woman.

These feelings didn’t subside so Marlene decided she had no choice but to take some time off to “figure it out.” That’s when I met Marlene. She needed a way to look inside herself to find some answers. She also needed to become physically stronger so that she wasn’t always getting sick.

I think you know where I’m going with this. Marlene started to meditate and everything changed. As she got out of the “fight or flight” stress mode, her body began to heal. She wasn’t getting sick anymore. As her mind and body began to settle, she was able to see some things more clearly and decided that she needed to make some changes in her career path.

Her corporate job wasn’t aligned with her deepest truths and this was literally making her sick. As she began to bring her life back into alignment with who she was and not who she thought she should be, she began to thrive again.

I have countless stories like this one. Bringing our lives back into alignment with our hearts and souls needs to come from inside of us. And there is no better tool than meditation to do just that.

What is Meditation and How Will it Help Me?

First, let’s explore what meditation actually is. If you’ve Googled “meditation,” you’ve probably noticed that there is no shortage of information out there. While in some ways that’s great, it may leave you wondering where am I supposed to begin?

Meditation is a name given to the many techniques that turn your attention inward. There are many types of meditation- each one asks us to engage or focus our attention. You’ve probably heard of these: visualization, contemplation, walking, chanting, watching your breath, silent mantra meditation and mindfulness. There are many others.

One of the most common questions is: What is the difference between meditation and mindfulness? I created this diagram in order for you to see that meditation is the broader term under which many different practices arise. From this, you can see that all mindfulness practices are considered meditation, but not all meditations are considered mindfulness.

Meditation techniques have been practiced for thousands of years. Meditation was originally practiced so one could deepen their understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. Though meditation may be spiritual for some, the practice is not necessarily religious in nature. Meditation is now becoming mainstream, probably due to the high amount of stress our modern day lives can create. It is practiced by millions of people around the world.

Meditation is recommended by almost every health professional because it provides a proven way to give your mind and body a rest and to reduce stress. Your mind is a powerful tool that has a huge impact on the health of our bodies as well as the quality of our lives. The single most effective way to detoxify the body is to detoxify the mind.

Millions of people are now meditating and research has demonstrated the physical, social, emotional, psychological and spiritual benefits of meditation. In this fast-paced world where stress is the new “normal” people are becoming increasingly inspired to learn to meditate.

Research has demonstrated the benefits of meditation in many areas:

• DECREASED BLOOD PRESSURE AND HYPERTENSION

• LOWERED CHOLESTEROL LEVELS

• REDUCED LEVELS OF STRESS HORMONES SUCH AS CORTISOL AND ADRENALINE

• INCREASED PRODUCTION OF THE ANTI-AGING HORMONE DHEA

• IMPROVED IMMUNE FUNCTION

• DECREASED ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND INSOMNIA

• ENHANCED CONCENTRATION, MEMORY AND THE ABILITY TO LEARN

• IMPROVED CREATIVITY AND PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS

Perhaps the greatest gift of meditation is the sense of inner calm and peace it brings into your daily life.

Meditation can be easy if you are taught correctly. It is not about stopping thought: that would be impossible. Meditation is going beyond or transcending thought to find the quiet that is already there.

Whichever type of meditation you choose, done correctly, it allows your body to reach a naturally occurring rest state. According to research, this rest is different from sleep. It is much deeper, and at the same time, you are more alert.

I was personally drawn to a method that included a number of techniques that are based on ancient practices and current research but are not aligned with any particular spiritual or religious beliefs. I wanted to practice a method of meditation that was simple, effective, and universal.

MEDITATION IS FOR YOU IF you feel that stress is impacting your life, you’d like to feel more peaceful and/or you’re confused about who you are and what you want in life.

You may notice that you feel anxious at times and that you have a mind that just won’t stop. You may find that it is difficult for you to sit quietly with yourself and you prefer to keep yourself really busy. You may also find that you have difficulty falling or staying asleep.

Are you aware that meditation can help you with all of these struggles that you have? And don’t worry, you don’t have to sit cross-legged like a pretzel or change your diet or spend tons of time. You just need 5 minutes and your brain. That’s it!

What you’ll notice is that as you begin to get control of your mind, you begin to feel more peaceful. You become more aware of who you are and what you want in your life.

You will be able to tap into your intuition and make better decisions. You’ll be able to hear that little voice inside helping to connect you with your purpose.

You’ll learn how to love yourself and how to deal with any anger and resentment that may creep into your life.

On top of all the health benefits, you feel a sense of inner calm and peacefulness more of the time.

You will become more resilient and less affected by negative emotions. You will notice you’re more skilled at managing your thoughts and feelings and feel like they don’t run the show as much.

There’s no doubt that meditation would be a great addition to your life.

Assuming you’re on board to give it a try, all you need to do is commit 5 minutes a day. I’m sure that even if you’re busy you can afford 5 minutes. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Take it on as an experiment and see what happens!

Before I give you key pointers about how to meditate, I want to tell you about Marlene. Marlene was a successful young woman who went back to work in her corporate job when you daughter was six months old. Before long, Marlene found herself getting sinus infection after sinus infection and couldn’t figure out why she was always getting sick.

Marlene also noticed that she was becoming weepier and was finding it difficult to feel good a work. She was very confused because she had always been that competent, together and successful woman.

These feelings didn’t subside so Marlene decided she had no choice but to take some time off to “figure it out.” That’s when I met Marlene. She needed a way to look inside herself to find some answers. She also needed to become physically stronger so that she wasn’t always getting sick.

I think you know where I’m going with this. Marlene started to meditate and everything changed. As she got out of the “fight or flight” stress mode, her body began to heal. She wasn’t getting sick anymore. As her mind and body began to settle, she was able to see some things more clearly and decided that she needed to make some changes in her career path.

Her corporate job wasn’t aligned with her deepest truths and this was literally making her sick. As she began to bring her life back into alignment with who she was and not who she thought she should be, she began to thrive again.

I have countless stories like this one. Bringing our lives back into alignment with our hearts and souls needs to come from inside of us. And there is no better tool than meditation to do just that.

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