The English word “Meditation” comes from Meditatum, a Latin term meaning “to ponder”. Meditation is the practice of training your attention and awareness to achieve a mentally clear, peaceful, and stable state. It first developed in India several thousand years BCE, and throughout early history was adopted by neighboring countries and quickly formed a part of many religions around the world. Originally used to help deepen the understanding for sacred and mystical forces of life, it is now more commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction.
Scientists have done research on Meditation for years, and have discovered several science-based benefits of the practice. Such as reducing stress, controlling anxiety, enhancing self-awareness, lengthening your attention spam, and much more. Just 10 minutes of meditation a day can do wonders for your brain and mental health.
There are many different types and ways to meditate. You can start by sitting comfortably on the floor or in a chair and closing your eyes, making sure your hands are in a relaxed position. You can meditate with or without music. Begin to focus on your breathing, your body, and your surroundings. Try not to let your mind wander. This will take practice, and with each session your mind will only grow stronger. There are many techniques you can practice. Such as guided meditation, which is meditation led by a trained instructor or teacher. There is also mindful meditation, which is bringing your attention to the present moment, observing the flow of your emotions, thoughts, and bodily sensations with no judgment.
Every day we are discovering the wonders of what meditation can bring us. It is a practice we are thankful to have, and I believe it's something we should all incorporate into our daily routine.
Written By: Loren Marcos | Infographic By: Elizabeth Marzec