Meditation has been around for thousands of years. But despite it’s recent rise in popularity in the U.S., it is still widely misunderstood. You do not need to be inherently spiritual or religious to practice meditation, there is no specific amount of time required to do it, and you do not need to be in a specific setting to practice.
At it’s core, meditation is both mindfulness and mindlessness. While those terms may sound mutually exclusive, the fact is that in order to be fully mindful and “in the present moment”, we first need to clear our mind of all thoughts of the external world. In other words, we need to “check out” before we can “check in”.
While it helps to be in a calm, peaceful place to practice meditation, the fact is you can do it pretty much anywhere. And there are no time requirements. For example, you could close your office door or sit in your car, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, clear your mind of all outside stress and chaos for 10 seconds, and that is considered meditation. Would it help to go longer? Of course! But as the saying goes, some is better than none!
The health benefits are numerous, including:
- Reduced Stress and Anxiety
- Improvements in brain function and memory
- Improved focus, energy, and productivity
- Better Sleep
- Reduction in blood pressure & the risk of cardiovascular disease.
While many people meditate daily on their own, it can take a while to get into the right routine, in part because meditation is a discipline that takes time to master. In order to truly reap the full benefits of meditation, you need to train your mind to keep outside thoughts at bay, so that the mind can truly relax and rejuvenate.
For many people, group meditation is an excellent way to get into the routine of meditating on a regular basis. The temptation to get back to work is removed, allowing the individual to remove themselves from their daily lives for a few short moments.
Guided meditations are also a great way to take your mind on an internal journey of thought, followed by quiet silence, allowing the mind to process what it has heard.
For more information on guided meditations, or to inquire about directed meditation in your workplace, email us at Info@FitnessWellnessHealth.com.