There are many benefits you can experience through meditation. It can help to reduce stress and anxiety and completely change your outlook on life, making you a happier, more active and healthier person. Some people can become discouraged if they fail to experience these benefits and will soon give up on the whole process. But learning how to meditate effectively takes time, patience and practice.
How to Meditate Effectively: Why We Meditate
Meditation is a good way to reduce stress. If you suffer from anxiety it can also be used during times of high stress, effectively reducing anxiety levels and providing you with immediate relief.
If you’re a victim of overthinking, meditation can put an end to a roaming mind, which often prevents you from falling asleep and staying asleep. Meditation allows you to focus your attention on sensations of breathing while bringing your attention back to this focus should your mind start to wander.
Meditation can also help to minimize irritability because it will allow you to identify irritable or negative thoughts before you express them verbally and end up creating more stress for you or those around you. Meditation also allows you to redirect your thoughts back to your point of focus without criticism.
Some people don’t like listening to meditation audio recordings and sitting in a quiet space to find their inner peace. Some people find walking to be a great form of meditation that doesn’t have that new age feel. Walking can also improve focus while reducing distractions. If you choose to walk as a form of meditation you should pay attention to the feelings of your body, your breath and any sensations from your surroundings including rain or wind. Next, spend at least five minutes focused on open awareness. During this portion, if your attention begins to fall on problems with your past or future start over by focusing on your breath in order to stabilize your attention.
Why Consistency is the Key to Effective Meditation
In the beginning you may not want to meditate on a regular basis. You can increase the amount of time you spend meditating by learning how to implement it into your day in informal ways. Informal meditation can mean paying close attention to your in-breaths and out-breaths as you work or clean around the home. You can take short breaks throughout the day, even just five minutes, and spend it focusing on your breath or the sensations around you.
Beginners who stick with meditation for a period of two weeks are about ninety-five percent more likely to continue meditation for a period of at least six months. Your chances of sticking with meditation will significantly increase after just one week. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t feel a reduction in your stress after only a few sessions. Instead, focus on meditating once daily for at least a week in order to determine if meditation is right for you. After time you may come to rely on the relaxing feelings and sensations you experience during your sessions. You may also notice a difference in how you feel about your life and your overall sense of wellbeing.