Take a deep breath, and relax.
Meditation is about trying to get your body and mind to relax. People can stay still, but being relaxed? That’s harder. It’s harder to switch off your mind from the thousand and one things racing through it every second.
Life seems to be a race and the track is starting to get weary. So take a deep breath, and relax.
Meditation is a practice used to de-clutter your mind and help you focus on life through a calmer medium. It’s a tool to help disconnect the real things from the fake. No matter your ranking in life, meditation is used to help people relax and destress. To urge people to take a minute or two out of their hectic life; take a deep breath and re-evaluate.
After all, taking a deep breath and a step back is how many people calm down. It’s how people can cope with the chaotic whirlwind we call life; to be able to have the opportunity to step back and assess our stressors. To strip them of their nobility and squash them down.
Associated with serenity, meditation has seeped into all aspects of life, and has been further split into 6 different areas: spiritual, mindfulness, focused, movement, mantra and transcendental.
Each one focusing on a different area to help you maximise the potential of its benefits.
These are split up as so:
It is often said spiritual meditation is general mediation, to get in touch with your inner self and focus on your own awareness.
Mindfulness meditation is difficult to achieve from the initial stages. It demands focus and a clear mind.
Sit in a comfortable position, and focus on your breathing. When you have reached a relaxed state, fashion a positive frame of mind. Try and keep negative thoughts at bay and transform them into positivity and gratitude.
This style is amazing for people who want to use meditation for stress relief. It provides a sense of serenity by focusing on one thing.
Cross your legs, take a deep breath and focus on an object, sound or sensation without attempting to think of a specific thing or goal. Maintain your position for 5 – 10 minutes.
Movement meditation is popular for active people, to achieve mindfulness through everyday actions. To achieve this form of mindfulness, be more aware of your actions and shift attention to body parts in constant use, like being aware of the strength of your legs when you walk.
For mantra meditation, sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Focus on your breathing and chant a phrase or word you wish to embody. You can even chant your favourite phrase or affirmation.
This medium is used to reduce distracting thoughts. This is a silent version of mantra meditation, where focusing on your own mantra and remaining silent is key.
Apps like Headspace and Calm have been developed to formulate methods and schedule in time for you to engage and relax. It’s a call to relax, enveloped in the colour cream with hints of sky blue to make you visualise; to help you remember you need to take time out and focus on yourself.
The trick is, find a method which works for you, and lovingly place it into your life for true peace.
The beauty of meditation is its flow; its flexibility. How it should make you feel lighter than air, more tranquil than water. There is no pressure to be someone you’re not, no anchor chained to your waist, no fooling yourself. It’s just you and your mind, trying to find a peaceful path amidst the commotion.
As the Age of Enlightenment says “The goal of meditation isn’t to control your thoughts, it’s to stop letting them control you.”
Clarity, peace and a quiet inner power are what you can gain. So take a deep breath, and relax.