Meditation regulates blood pressure, slows breathing and increases oxygen uptake, alleviates physical pain, stress and tension, calms the mind and opens doors to worlds of peace, relaxation and happiness that will lead to a more successful, less stressful life. Sounds good right!
So what is meditation really? In recent years meditation has been scientifically proven to have marked positive physical and mental effects. Put simply, Meditation is a practical tool to train the brain and body into stillness and peacefulness. Its purpose is to seek out and discover the true person within, the heart of the soul where infinite potential resides…and then…to enable us to USE that potential and create the life we want. The ‘side effects’ of meditation are vast:
- Reduces the effects of stress - balances blood pressure, slows breathing and increases oxygen uptake to the body and more importantly to the brain…get more out of your workouts and life itself!
- Reduces physical pain and tension -cope better with life's challenges.
- Develops the creative mind and imagination - great for lateral techniques for dealing with what life throws at you.
- Balances right/left brain thinking - we might as well use the grey and white matter on BOTH sides, right?
- Calms the mind and emotions - well let’s face it, who here handles their life with perfect mental and emotional precision all the time?
- Opens doors to worlds of peace, relaxation and happiness - nice!
So how does it work? Well, our brain absorbs and retains an ENORMOUS amount of information, soaking it up like a giant sponge. Think of the brain as a toddler… it’s taking in all the stuff that goes on around it and is adept at regurgitating it parrot fashion. But without proper training, understanding and gentle-handed guidance, the information can be negatively skewed and not very useful.
In our society, we have been taught that the brain is in control of us and our lives. In reality the brain only knows what it has been taught. It can’t tell the difference between something imagined and something it sees. High level athletes know this to be true - so they actively use meditation techniques such as creative visualisation and mindfulness to create a positive picture in their minds of the outcome they wish to achieve.
That's why meditation is such a powerful tool. Using meditation, we can decide what to feed our brain with.
There is another player in this game we call life that you may not be aware of. It is the part of us that watches from the side lines, observing the play, seeing the overall picture, and offering a far more balanced and broad perspective from its vantage point. This observer perceives FAR MORE than the brain’s limited view.
When we're playing the game, it's easy to get caught up in the passion of our part and forget that there is a bigger picture. So, instead of letting our brain run wild with negative thoughts, destructive behaviour patterns, constant chatter and incessant noise, we need to open ourselves to the greater resources that are within our reach by finding our personal observer.
Meditation is a great tool that allows us to hear our observer, focus our thoughts and give us an objective game advantage. The rules of the meditation game are simple - tools don’t work by themselves, you actually have to pick them up and use them! Like any skill, meditation is most effective when practiced regularly.
So, whether you feel meditation is for you or not, if you think any of the above would be pretty good, then have a go…I guarantee that if you do, meditation will lead to more successful, better quality life.
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