4 Tips For Meditation In The Modern World
If exercise trains the body, meditation trains the mind. Many studies have come out in support of this time-tested technique. Science and psychology have told us that moments of meditation can benefit us in a myriad of ways. Meditation can lower blood pressure and heart rate, lessen perspiration, slow down the respiratory rate, decrease blood cortisol levels, and improve sleep patterns. All of this leads to a decrease in stress and an increase in feelings of warmth and well-being, for a deeper sense of relaxation and a more positive, present state of mind. With all the hubbub and hustle of modern society, who doesn’t want more of that, right?
On a deeper level, meditation can lead us to learn more about ourselves. Far too often, we move around in life without thinking too much about who we are or what we do. Meditation helps us move to a state of both clarity and wonder. There are mysteries and phenomena that should be appreciated. Even the mundane aspects of daily life have their moments. It’s all about finding them.
All it takes is ten minutes to start. We have 24 hours in a day, surely you can find some time to carve out, a few minutes to benefit your whole day. Try meditating in the morning to center your mind before the day starts, or at night as a way to reflect on the day’s activities. Ten minutes allows you to quiet your mind without putting too much stress or nastiness in your body. Eventually, you’ll find yourself meditating for longer with your more disciplined mind.
Far too often, we forget to breathe. Paying attention to your breathing is one of the ways you can be truly present. Be mindful of your breathing in and your breathing out. If it helps you focus, you can also count your breath. Counting your breath is an ancient meditation technique. Start at one at your first exhale, then work your way to the fourth. After that, just go back to one. Returning to one is a tangible way of returning to yourself.
Stay somewhere quiet. Silence in itself can be a very healing experience. If you don’t do well with absolute silence, play some nature sounds or calming instrumental music very softly. Outer silence will allow you to discover your inner silence. You can also place some meaningful decoration in your meditation space. A comfortable pillow or some inspiring objects would be great. You can place flowers, stones, or candles in your meditation space to help get you in the right state of mind.
If you choose to decorate with candles, make sure to choose scents that complement your spiritual and meditative journey. Inspired by the mesmerizing geometry of the icosahedron, a Hexagon Candle in Lavender & Chamomile will surely invoke a sense of wonder and promote feelings of calm as well. The light purple color is associated with your crown chakra, the energy center of higher purpose and spiritual connectivity as well. A Crystal Candle in Rain Water can also promote a feeling of warmth, providing relief from anxiety and anger.
At the end of the day, the fifth tip is simply to enjoy. As you sit and meditate, allow a smile to play on the corners of your mouth. That smile may grow into a grin as the moments go by. Always be kind to yourself and take care of yourself, you’re the only you that you’ve got!