For thousands of years people have used meditation to move beyond the immediate, stressful and emotional state of mind we often find ourselves in. Meditators have claimed that meditation provides an effective treatment for stress, addiction, sleeplessness, relationship problems and lack of focus.
Athletes often use meditation to help prepare for competition. Visualizing a great performance before the event can elevate confidence and provide the calm necessary to preform at their best in a high pressure situation.
Benefits of Meditation
On a physical level, meditation has shown tremendous benefits to those who meditate regularly. Lower blood pressure, fewer headaches, a stronger immune system, improved sleep and an increase in energy are all common results of regular meditation.
On a mental level, meditation has shown to reduce stress, improve one’s emotional stability and sharpen focus. A sense of clarity, peace of mind, and even an increase in creativity are all commonly cited as a result of regular meditation.
Since our phones are always with us, using a meditation app can be a great way to incorporate meditation into your daily routine. These apps are also a great tool for a beginner to become familiar with meditation. Here are a couple that we like:
Headspace is also available for both Android and iOS. This is a FREE app that contains 10 guided meditations. The goal is to meditate for 10 minutes for 10 days in a row. The app features some great animations and explanations that help you understand meditation better. It’s a great app to kickoff your meditation practice.
Stop, Breath & Think is a FREE app that is also available on both Android and iOS. This app will help you develop and apply kindness and compassion in your daily life. There are a number of different meditations available depending on how you are feeling – Mindful Breathing, Gratitude, Compassion and Joy to name just a few.
While there are many different types and techniques used for meditation, it really doesn’t have to be all that complicated. The key challenge is to sit quietly with yourself for just 5 to 10 minutes each day. Wake up 10 minutes early tomorrow and get started tomorrow with Day 1.