Updated: Aug 2, 2019
If you read health blogs, listen to podcasts, or follow wellness aficionados on social media, it’s likely that you’ve come across someone talking about meditation. In fact, many people who aren’t involved in the traditional wellness industry are singing the praises of a daily meditation practice.
Maybe you’ve considered trying meditation yourself but you’re a little intimidated to get started. You’re not the only one. We’re going to demystify what meditation is, what it helps with, and who should implement it.
What is meditation?
Basically, meditation is the practice of centering your attention on one focal point. (1) Beyond that one core similarity, meditation comes in a variety of forms. (2)
Guided meditation is sometimes led by a teacher and usually involves using a variety of senses to visualize relaxing images. (2)
Mantra meditation consists of repeating and focusing on a calming phrase or word to keep distracting thoughts at bay. (2)
Mindfulness meditation has become a bit of a buzzword recently, but it promotes focusing on the present moment - sometimes that’s the flow of breath during the meditation practice. (2)
There are a variety of other meditation methods, and yoga and tai chi also fall within the umbrella category of “meditation.” (2)
Most meditation practices involve a core focus, relaxed breathing, and a quiet setting.
What are the benefits?
Research studies have found evidence that meditation can reduce blood pressure, relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, ease anxiety and depression, and help with insomnia. (3) In addition, meditation is associated with increased happiness, improved concentration, and the preservation of cognitive abilities.(4)
Who is it for?
Because of the wide range of benefits associated with meditation, most people can probably benefit from trying to incorporate it into their lives. In a world controlled by screens and the constant intake of information, taking a few minutes to yourself to relax and de-stress is something the majority of people can feel good about.
How do you start?
Meditation is a gradual and very personal practice. Start with just a few minutes a day, and enter into it with an open mind. Meditation is part of a self-care routine and you need to be gentle with yourself throughout the process… if your thoughts are racing and wandering, don’t be hard on yourself. Do your best and be consistent, no one starts out a meditation expert.
Your daily meditation practice is a great time to round out other components of your healthcare routine. For example, we like to pair our magnesium oil application with our daily meditation.
As you sit down to ground yourself, spray magnesium on your feet, and rub it in. As it absorbs, the magnesium will help restore balance in your body which on its own can help with anxiety, stress and insomnia. Adding a few minutes of relaxed breathing and meditation on top of that can help to boost the results you feel.
Meditation is for everyone, even beginners.
Reducing stress and improving health in just a few minutes per day? We’re in!