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Meditation- What, How, and Why

by | March 22, 2019

Meditation has been used for centuries, the earliest recording of meditation comes from 1500 BCE from the Vedantism tradition of ancient India. Later, it would spread to China around 6 BCE. Today, meditation can be found all around the world, despite race, religion, or geographical location. According to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics 2017 report, 14.3% of adults either partook in meditation, yoga, or visiting a chiropractor within the past year. These are all wonderful forms of self-care and healing, and as we all know, self-care is essential for body, mind, and soul. So what about meditation? You’ve seen ads for Headspace while scrolling through Instagram and maybe you’ve heard about it in yoga once or twice. Here is everything you should know about meditation- the what, why, and how.

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Meditation- What, How, and Why

What is meditation?

In one word, meditation can be translated to mindfulness and healing. It can mean something a little bit different to everybody, but I believe that mindfulness is a broad enough spectrum to account for others’ definitions. When one meditates, it usually involves sitting or laying in a comfortable position, mindful breathing, clearing your mind, and inner peace. There are a variety of different forms of meditation including loving-kindness meditation and progressive relaxation meditation. A common misconception is that in order to meditate, one must be sitting cross-legged chanting “Om”. Although you can meditate effectively that way, many people choose their own mantra and their own position (For example, I usually meditate in child’s pose to help with my back)

Why do people do it?

Meditation has undeniable health benefits that are both physical and mental. Relaxing your mind can not only help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, but it can also combat high blood pressure. Many meditate as a religious practice, but just as many people meditate purely for self-care and relaxation after a stressful day.

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How can I practice meditation?

Meditation is easy and completely free to do. It can be done at home, at work, outside, almost anywhere! The only thing required to meditate is the will to do so. You must simply close your eyes and work to relax your mind and body. If you are unsure of where or exactly how to start, there is a large plethora of YouTube videos and apps (both free and paid) to provide guided meditation. If you’ve ever done yoga, Shavasana counts as meditation.

Do you practice meditation? Do you have any tips on having a successful mediation session? Let me know in the comments below.

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Gabriella Anaya

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