The following article has been written by Susie Roberts. Susie facilitates the weekly meditation sessions being held at Mystical Dragon plus is a practitioner who does intuitive readings and healings seeing individual clients from our rooms. She is a qualified Meditation instructor and Reiki healer who has also done mediumship training with well known psychic Tony Stockwell. Susie is a caring soul who brings a lot of heart to her sessions.
“Ahhh meditation!! Everyone says to do it, everyone tells you the benefits, so then why are we not doing it? I constantly hear people say “I don’t have time to meditate” (yes you do, you don’t have to spend a huge amount of time, even 10 minutes a day is beneficial) or “I don’t know how to do it” (Take the pressure off yourself, see some techniques below to help) or “I can’t shut out my thoughts” (you don’t have to, just acknowledge and let them go).
Talking about meditation is the easy part, actually doing it is about just making it part of your day like brushing your teeth! Actually, getting started or continuing with your meditation sometimes requires a bit of motivation. So, understanding the benefits of meditation physically, mentally, emotionally & spiritually can help give us that push we need. And once you learn how to do it and make it part of your daily routine you will wonder how you ever went without it!
Our busy lives tend to be spent all in our heads, constantly thinking of all the things we need to do. Pressured by the demands of work, family, home, trying to find a balance between them all. Then with the pressures of the media and social media, feeling like we have to be perfect at everything. The problem is it all ends up as thoughts in our heads and we tend to miss out on what’s really going on inside. There is a wealth of information going on inside our bodies, minds, and spirits.
The ancient practice of meditation goes back centuries and is similar to yoga in the tuning into our breath and minds, to tune in to our own frequency and block out the world that’s bombarding us for a while. The practise of meditation helps you stay centred and focused. And helps you move through life with a sense of focus, clarity, peace, and calm. It is a way to tap into your inner knowing, your soul and spirit, your very essence.
When first practising meditation it can be awkward and unfamiliar. Sitting in silence with your eyes closed, even listening to music you may not realise actually how many thoughts go through your head until you are sitting still. Rather than fighting with these thoughts and distractions, it is often easier to just acknowledge them and release, let them go. Don’t fight meditation and don’t put so much pressure on yourself. You will find the more you do it the better you will get at it. It may be helpful to start with guided meditations as I did. I found that having someone’s voice guide me through helped drown out all the thoughts in my head because I had something to focus on.
Because practising meditation helps you to slow your breath, relax the body and calm your mind, it has many benefits physically, mentally, emotionally & spiritually. Meditation is now frequently used to treat mental illnesses, addictions, and stress, as well as to help with physical ailments and to treat insomnia. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced meditator, have a look at the range of benefits that a regular practice of meditation offers:
Physical Benefits of Meditation
It has been studied and documented the changes that happen in the body and brain when you meditate. Brain scans have been performed on thousands of meditating subjects that show a complete change in brain activity resulting in a relaxation response to the rest of the body.
- Balances blood pressure
- Lowers the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), reducing stress and anxiety
- Decreases stress-related pain, for example, tension headaches, sleep problems, muscle, and joint complications
- Increases serotonin and endorphins that improves mood and behaviour
- Improves the immune system
- Increases the energy levels
- Helps body return to a calm relaxed state and helps rejuvenate, repair, and rebuild itself
- Has been proven to help clear and calm your mind for a better-quality sleep.
- Improves athletic performance helping with focus and visualisation
- Slows respiration helping the body take in more oxygen with deeper breathing
- Can even help with weight loss
- Helps beat addictions
- Relieves pain and inflammation
- Deep relaxation for your whole body and all its systems
- Super antioxidant
- Whole-brain synchronisation
- Aids digestion
Mental and Emotional Benefits of Meditation
There are countless mental and emotional benefits to meditation including calming the mind and reducing stress and anxiety.
- Reduces anxiety and depression.
- Allows you to make better decisions and improves critical thinking.
- Breaks unhealthy habits and addictions by helping you disengage from emotions associated with this habit.
- Improves communication with yourself. When you better recognise your thought processes, you have more control over what you think.
- Helps you stay in the present moment.
- Boosts learning ability
- Quiets mind chatter
- Focus and concentration
- Calming the mind
- Boosts learning ability
- Access deep mind
- Brain Power and balance
- More brain integration
- Can help with mental illness
- Healing thoughts
- Creativity increases
- Improve memory
- Mind/body connection
- More motivation
- Positive mindset
- Balanced thoughts
- Control anger
- Mental clarity
- Emotional intelligence
- Emotional stability
Spiritual Benefits benefits of Meditation
- Positive energy
- Lucid dreaming
- Inner silence
- Spiritual awakening
- Can help with manifesting and the Law of Attraction
- Higher consciousness
- Kundalini rising
- Awaken intuition and psychic abilities
- Open third eye
- Balance chakras
- Deepen awareness
- Remote viewing and astral travel
- Be one with the universe
- Discover life’s purpose
- Connect with spirit, angels, deities, spirit guides and your higher self
There are many different meditation techniques and traditions. Some of us who live fast paced busy lives may find that an active meditation technique may be beneficial. Some may choose a place in their house where they always meditate so when you are sitting in that chair or lying in that place your body and mind knows its meditation time and will more easily fall into this space.
Active or movement meditations – Going for a walk and really taking in surroundings, noticing the trees, the sound of birds, the smell of the ocean, the colours of the landscape, the feel of the air or wind on your skin, or the warmth of the sunshine. Even doing some yoga or stretching exercises at home or at the gym can be a form of meditation. Even a bath, the process you go through to draw a bath and get everything ready for it e.g. with candles, music, bath salts etc is getting your body ready for relaxation and can be meditative when you finally sink into the warm water and let your muscles relax.
Spot meditations – Good for busy people. It is a misconception that you need to spend a lot of time meditating. While longer meditations are useful and effective, it is still useful to do shorter mediations when you can in your busy day. If you can do a few minutes here and there during the day it will be beneficial. You can focus on sensory things such as the food you are eating, the air you are breathing, what can you hear? Go for a walk in the park or forest or on the beach and really take in your surroundings, this is a form of meditation. Even just focusing on breathing closing your eyes and relaxing on the train, or other public transport, at your work desk for a few moments, in the shower or toilet, when you are stuck at traffic lights, during the tv ads. See, there is always time to do some form of meditation!!
Body scan/Progressive muscle relaxation meditations – Give yourself 15 – 20 mins and get in a comfortable position notice your posture and how your body feels. Tune into your breathing and let go of unnecessary tension. Notice how your body feels and begin scanning through body part by body part. Direct your mind to each part of the body and focus on the tension dissolving and relaxing each part of the body.
Guided meditations – Listening to a guided meditation and visualisation on CD or downloaded or even on YouTube can be a good way to meditate and a good way to start.
Group meditations – where you are in a group with a meditation teacher taking the class through a guided meditation and visualisation.
Focusing/Mindfulness meditations – when you focus on something like your breath or a mantra like “OM” or sounds like a singing bowl or staring at a candle flame. Just focusing your mind on something to get into a relaxed and meditative state.
Visualisation meditation – where you visualise yourself on a journey after taking your body through a relaxation technique. This journey could be at the beach or in the forest, on a boat on the ocean, at a magical place, a secret beautiful garden, your imagination is limitless where you can go. Often guided meditations have a visualisation journey.
It is important to find a meditation technique that works for you. There are many techniques and I’ve just named a few. Everyone is individual and with experimentation you should be able to find the meditation technique that works for you. But just remember, take the pressure off yourself and relax. Just try it, I promise you will get the hang of it and love it. You really will wonder how you went so long without it!! And try if you can to find time for it in your day. Remember the busier you are the more important meditation becomes.
There is no doubt that you will feel the benefits of regular meditation practice and it takes only a few minutes every day. Once meditation is made a part of the daily routine, it will become the greatest part of your day!
If you are curious and need some guidance, I facilitate meditation sessions at Mystical Dragon every Wednesday morning at 10am with a different guided meditation topic each week. Feel free to call Mystical Dragon to make a booking. I would love to help you discover the magic of meditation for yourself!!”
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