To live in a world like the present, characterized by a state of dynamism without break, can be harmful to human beings, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Sports activities, family gatherings, travel… there are various ways in which people may be distracted and get out of the hectic routine, but usually require other variables to achieve it. However, there is an activity which, without more elements that the body and the concentration of the mind, you can achieve the same benefits, or even more.
What is meditation?
The word comes from the Latin “meditatio” which refers to a form of intellectual exercise. According to the records found in India, the practice of meditation was born about 5000 years.C. The commercial relations between the eastern culture and the western civilization led to an exchange of goods, ideals, and traditions. The texts on the meditation where you explained the techniques for the practice and its benefits began to spread, giving way to the world’s knowledge of this activity.
It is a practice that is based in the non-distraction. Its aim is to guide the practitioner to a state of calm and total concentration on the present moment; it searches out the person of any mental arousal, sensory, and emotional, bringing to mind the complete stability.
Even though this activity does not require any prior knowledge, materials, or special skills, this valuable mental exercise is complex for the mind and requires total concentration, to fully take advantage of its benefits.
At the physical level, the practice can offer benefits like the natural relaxation of the body, strengthening the immune system, improving blood circulation, as well as the stimulation of the processes of growth and regeneration of the body.
Mentally, a constant practice helps the stimulation of positive thoughts, favors the development of creativity, contributes to the dissolving of the attention deficit and balance the hyperactivity, taught to control the stress, anguish and anger, and stimulates the development of memory.
Simple steps to meditate
1.Location. It is more advisable to a useful practice is to find a quiet space, clean and tidy, because the environment has a direct effect on the meditation. If you want to do your practice in hours of work, looking for a place where you can’t cut you off.
2.Time. It is advisable to do meditation in the morning or at the end of the day, before going to sleep. It is important that you make sure that elements that may distract you, such as electronic devices, are turned off.
3.Comfortable position. If you are starting your journey in the practice of meditation, it is best to do it sitting. You can be in a comfortable chair with a straight back, or in the common position of lotus flower, with legs crossed. Whatever the position you choose, make sure you’re comfortable, you’ll be in this posture for several minutes.
4.Connection with the mind. You can start your practice by closing your eyes, Focus on your breathing by inhaling slowly through the nose and releasing the air quietly also for the nose. It is recommended to perform the practice for at least 10 minutes.
5.Concentration. To achieve a state of calm and stable mind, focus your thoughts on the feel of your breath: its speed, temperature, texture.
It is normal that the mind wants to divert your concentration to any other thought. When this happens, you notice the image that comes to your mind without getting involved in it; as if you can see pass a fish in the ocean, just watch as the thought crosses the huge ocean of your mind without altering its state. You’ll see how with time it becomes more easy to enter in the correct state.
The practice of meditation can last as long as you like. However, just a few minutes a day to begin to perceive a higher mental clarity, overall well-being and better energy levels.