Part sixteen: Meditation
The greatest contradiction around the world is the belief that meditation has a religious background. The fact is that it comes from the Buddhist tradition, but there is only a technique to silence thought and body. And even more in a simple language is a command from our brain that reads: ‘Ow, shut up for a moment, I cannot listen to you anymore.’
Silencing the thoughts and the body through meditations also has applications in medicine and psychotherapy. It is appreciated because it lowers blood pressure, slows down metabolism, reduces heart rate, cures many ailments like hypertension and cardiac arrhythmias, affects insomnia, relieves symptoms of depression, migraines or chronic pain, increases immunity, improves concentration, triggers self-confidence, increases vital energy and reduces the need for medication. In various forms, meditation also increases auditory and visual perception, reflexes, empathy or sensitivity. It also helps in lowering addictions and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
According to a study by American scientists from the University of California, this is because meditation affects the increase in telomerase activity at the ends of chromosomes in our DNA. They are responsible for the lifetime of the cells in our body, by lengthening the telomeres and repairing them.
I want to disprove the myth in people who have never practiced meditation before, that you do not have to be a magician or a hippie to learn to meditate. Because the topic is long like a river, I want to present you with only a few basic techniques that will allow you to calm your nerves and give energy for further action. Because I often hear from people that the thinking cannot be turned off, I want you to analyze all the exercises listed below actively.
Meditation of concentration
It consists of concentrating on only one object or activity. It can be a burning candle, a breath or a heartbeat, but our only task is to ignore all of the thoughts that attack us and to get practice in returning to the previously chosen object. The time for this meditation is between 5 and 20 minutes, depending on how much you can endure at first. Start with small steps and practice, then increase the time.
Here, we focus only on our breath, and more specifically on exhalation. The technique is to turn off thinking for a few minutes. How? I want you to close your eyes, take a deep breath and slowly release the air from your lungs. Now! Have you noticed that when you exhale you cannot think? And in this whole point. It is in such a simple way that you give rest to your consciousness. As time goes by, you increase your meditation time by taking your breaths, but by stopping the flow of thoughts.
It is especially recommended in the open air. All you have to do is go to the park or find a piece of nature outside the city, sit or lie down on a blanket, and listen to the sounds of life for about 15 minutes. At this time, you neither comment nor judge these sounds. All you can do is listen to them in full focus.
The meditation of abundance
You will need your imagination for this technique. It involves creating your affirmations related to now or in the future. This meditation is not necessarily associated with financial achievements, but it allows you to procrastinate your chosen goal by visualizing what has already happened. Whether it’s about better work, the love of your life, a long journey or a change of apartment, no matter what your dream is. Sit comfortably, close your eyes and imagine yourself in a situation as if it has already been fulfilled.
Often it takes place outside, in nature. The most known form is Tai Chi Chuan, or martial art, which based on incredibly slow and gentle movements. If you do not know this dance system, you can find thousands of videos on YouTube and choose one that suits you. You can also create your moves by imitating nature around you, for example, the movement of trees in the wind. Remember that whatever it is, it has to be subtle and made of elegance, and you will experience beautiful sensations.
There are seven energy centers in your body; primary, sacral, abdominal, heart, throat, third eye or crown. The technique consists of unblocking these points so that the energy flows freely. You can also deal selectively, only one of them and work on it. For each chakra is the equivalent of other emotions and sensations. To properly conduct meditation, unfortunately, you need to get to know this topic much better. For those interested, I recommend the title “The Chakra Bible” by Patricia Mercier.
As the name suggests, it has the task to repair. It is often used by therapists and during hypnosis. During its use, we send suggestions or imagine that the affected area of our body begins to heal. Many say it’s a placebo method, but the effect can be shocking. Experts in the field are convinced that our mind is suggestively able to do the impossible. That is why it is worth spending more time on this meditation.
There are many other varieties and techniques. Each of them is fascinating and worth checking out. To bring results, we must apply it every day, at the same time, without changing the patron, for at least two, three months or even longer. However, improving our well-being is worth sacrifice.
Test the above meditations and choose one of them. Meditate daily for the next three months.