Research shows that meditation can help all kinds of chronic and debilitating illness. Combined with visualisation, patients with illnesses like cancer have been treating their bodies by visualising 'strong healthy cells' engulfing the 'sickly cancer cells'.
Meditation stills the mind. Therefore bringing about a state of peace and strengthening how the body works internally.
A quiet mind is capable of anything freedigital.net
So, if meditation is so good for us why do we make so many excuses not to practise this simple technique? Our minds can overwhelm us at times with endless chatter that vies for our attention and learning to sit in silence is a powerful way to overcome scattered thinking.
So, why are most of us (in the west) so reluctant to meditate?
Because we think it's boring. Or complicated. Or just can't be bothered. We think we can't possibly gain any benefit from the practise ... and could do 3 jobs around the house rather than sit in one place "doing nothing".
Research shows, beyond any doubt, that meditation can help us all given we have the discipline to sit still for a bit.
The 5 reasons why meditation is good for you is:
1. It relaxes the nervous system.
Now you might think to yourself yeah well, so what?... Well my friend, in this day and age we are all on the go. We have a zillion things on our "to do" list or "bucket" list or whatever other list we've got going on. Therefore, perhaps it's vital that we spend a few moments each day to simply sit still, slow our breath and allow our thoughts to come and go.
The benefits are well noted freedigital.net
2. Reduces Anxiety, thereby reducing high blood pressure.
3. It increases blood flow.
4. Slows the heart rate - that's a good thing, right? Most of us are so busy all the time we give little thought to the pace our heart is beating at.
5. Enhances the immune system. On that point alone, wouldn't it be helpful to boost our immune systems (especially at this time of the year) with winter approaching.
Another vital point (which I'm going to add) is that Meditation creates a space for your inner wisdom to arise. Intuition is that still small voice that we need to hear clearly in order to help steer our life in the direction we wish to go.
Meditation has been practised for thousands of years in the east. Meditation helps us function more clearly on all levels, physically, emotionally and mentally with ease and calmness - if practised on a regular basis. There are plenty of free meditation links available if you have difficulty try this technique or or this - good places to start.
So, when your ready:
1. Turn off your phone, computer, TV, anything that may disturb you while you attempt to meditate.
2. Find a comfy chair - although some people prefer an uncomfortable chair to help keep them awake and present (if you lay on your bed you will probably go to sleep).
3. Wear comfortable clothes, if your in your work clothes, loosen them a bit to help you relax.
4. Don't forget to breathe - long, slow breaths especially to begin each meditation - it will help you to slow down and slip into the meditative state more easily.
5. Light a candle or play relaxing music like rainforest sounds or something similar. This can "set the mood" as you create a 'ritual'.