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Meditation is an incredibly beneficial practice. Here’s everything you need to know about the art of meditation, mindfulness (the difference) and how to meditate.
The habit of meditating is a profound ability I was introduced to 3 years ago.
I’ll give you my opinion on it today and give you the run down on how to do it yourself.
I’m not some spiritual woo-woo guy. I’m more of a practical dude, so I’m interested in the practical ramifications of meditation.
I have done it consistently for 20 minutes every day for the last 2 years now and I’ve learned a lot about both the practice of meditation and the manifold of benefits it can have for the mind and body.
Well, why do it? What’s the logic behind it?
It can reduce stress in your life and allow you to relax.
By practicing mindful meditation this state of mind transfers to every moment in your life and every experience brought to you.
Those few brief moments of meditating allow you to have a greater grounding and feeling of presence throughout your experiences.
As a result, the time needed is little in retrospect to the profound rewards you gain.
Now to begin – focus on your breathing.
Listen and feel your breath as it comes through your nose. Follow it, pretend your breath is an animated object, walk behind it, see where it’s going. Try to follow it through every stage of its entry into your lungs, first from the air coming in through your nose, down your body.
Try to get a sense for how it fills you with energy and vitality. Again on the exhale, follow it out of your body as you push it out towards the world.
You are trying grounding yourself so close to the present moment that over time this act becomes second nature. A state of consciousness you can tap into anytime.
To conclude, becoming proficient at meditation allows your conscious thought processes to rest for a brief moment in time allowing you to let go of your ego.
Give it a go. You’re not going to become some hippy. You’ll just live a more grounded, present life, as a more spiritually aware human.
There really are no downsides to meditation.