Updated: Feb 14
In preparation for the upcoming podcast, I met with a meditation instructor. I learned a lot about meditation in that meeting, and hope to have her on the podcast in the future. I also heard a lot about meditation from certain friends of mine who practice it, telling me repeatedly how beneficial it is to their well-being.
Most of you know the concept of meditation, but how do you do it, and what benefits can you expect?
There are many forms of meditation, such as mindfulness, concentration, and transcendental meditation, just to name three. The best way to learn how to meditate is to find a teacher. Ask a friend or a work colleague for a recommendation. You can also go on the internet to find one in your locale. I found in a New York Times article, written by David Gelles, that not only explains meditation, but has four meditations you can download. There are one, four, ten, and fifteen-minute meditations that you can listen to when you are ready to stick your toe in the water.
The benefits to making meditation a part of your everyday life are many. Studies have evidenced lower blood pressure, improved blood circulation, lower heart rates, less anxiety and stress. Most of all, it produces for most a feeling of well-being. Thus, people suffering from disease or trauma can certainly benefit from learning how to meditate.
In Buddhist philosophy, liberation of the mind from worrying about things that you cannot control (are you paying attention men?) such as things at work or being stuck in the past, is the ultimate benefit of meditation.
So consider it a gift to yourself. Give it a try! What do you have to lose, other than worry, fear, and stress?!