1. Generates optimism, self esteem, confidence and motivation with increased energy levels
2. Releases fears and stops mind chatter, leaving space for clarity and inspirational thoughts
3. Cures depression and anxiety, relaxing the nervous and muscular systems
4. Improves the flow of energy, releasing toxins and diseases at all levels of the body
5. Helps achieving your goals by raising your vibrational frequency due to positive mental and emotional states of being
6. Recent studies in the Journal of Health Psychology show direct correlation between meditation and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol
7. Also researches have proved a direct correlation between meditation and improved cognitive function, memory, and a better control of our emotions through the control of cortical alpha rhythms. It also increases cortical thickness in areas related to introspection and attention, and increases grey matter in the hippocampus (memory) and neo-cortex(holistic thought)
8. Protects against mental illness by increasing mental connections in the brain, also known as axonal density, as well as generating protective tissue (myelin) around the axons in the anterior cingulate brain region.
9. Relieves insomnia and supports weight loss goals
10. Overall better health, higher creativity, better relationships and social connections
11. Decreases all sorts of pain through reduction of inflammations and strengthens immunity
12. Opens your heart chakra, boosting compassion and empathy towards self and others, resilience in hard times and strong character in dealing with difficult personalities
Meditation is awareness and a powerful ancient art of going deep within at the core of our being and returning to the void from which we come from, the pure consciousness of the universe or Oneness.
When the chatter of the mind stops only pure awareness or consciousness remains. Don’t be intimidated by meditation or worried that you might not be able to stay still and quiet your mind, because this state of awareness is your natural relaxed state of being so whenever you focus on your breath or contemplate in nature lost in the beauty and reducing thought to only a clear perception and a present feeling of wellness or joy, you are meditating. Indeed, in our busy environment where our attention is distracted by a million things at the same time, it might seem like an impossible task to quiet our minds, and it might take some time, nevertheless it is achievable and an enjoyable process as well.
We will start by identifying your primary senses and from there develop a 15 minutes a day meditation practice for you, that will be organized in such a way as to relax your mind as much as possible and gradually get you to the point where you are a master of your mind, stopping thought all together and just experiencing BEING.
There are different kinds of meditation practices that we get to choose from, again according with what will help you master this art faster:
a) Silent meditation – complete cease of thought, being in the void
b) Contemplation in nature – focusing on beauty or birds singing or flying, leaves flowing in the air, observing the natural flow that is present in nature without the resistance present in humans
c) Transcendental meditation – is a type of meditation from Hinduism and promotes deep relaxation through the use of a mantra, by focusing the mind on a sound such as OM you keep your mind occupied enough to let you relax and get into non-thought
d) Zen meditation – while sitting usually on a cushion one experiences the present moment without thought. The key is staying present from moment to moment, just being without any thought
e) Mindfulness meditation – being focused in the now moment while guiding our awareness towards a specific experience and accepting it for whatever it is, equanimity or being emotionally non-reactive to our though. If we start building this space of living in the now instead of dwelling between past and future, we start accessing more of our thoughts in the moment and purposefully focusing on experiencing joy and positive emotions
f) Buddhist meditation – is a form of reflection used with the purpose of self realization, self improvement and discovering Oneness
g) Prayer – talking with the Presence inside of us, the consciousness or that larger part of us and asking for help with particular challenges
h) Taoist meditation – being aware and purposefully seeking balance between polarized concepts or ideas. Based on the Yin( feminine or receptive) and the Yang( masculine or dynamic ) principles in the universe and the acknowledgement that nothing is completely Yin or Yang but that everything is relative to something else and our task is to always stay flexible and choose the middle way of balance instead of extremes.