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Meditation | Facts, Benefits, and Practices

Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique, such as focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state. While most people have a general understanding of meditation, they may not have ever put it into practice. Meditation is not related to religion or yoga, but rather a practice all of its own. It’s scientifically proven to have many health benefits, both physical and mental. Rather than bore you with the small talk, let’s break it down.

How to Begin to Meditating?

Choose a location: It should be a quiet, peaceful spot with limited distractions. You’ll want to go to a calming environment if possible.

Body Posture: You’ll have to decide if you want to be standing, sitting, or lying down. Find the position that is most comfortable for you.

Focus: Find your part of focus. This could be a mantra, an object, or just your breathing pattern. Finding something to focus on will allow you to limit outside distractions and enter a more peaceful meditation.

Benefits of Meditating:

All of the following benefits have been scientifically proven –

  • Overcome stress
  • Boost your creativity
  • Improve your sex life and increase your libido
  • Cultivate healthy habits that lead to weight loss
  • Improve digestion and lower blood pressure
    • “it leads to relaxation, which results in the formation of nitric oxide. This formation opens up blood vessels and reduces blood pressure.” (Source)
  • Decrease your risk of heart attack
  • Help manage anxiety, depression, anger and confusion
  • Increase your focus and attention
  • Increase the size your brain
    • “sustained meditation leads to something called neuroplasticity, which is defined as the brain’s ability to change, structurally and functionally, on the basis of environmental input.” (Source)

Guided Meditation for Beginners

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