The Importance of Meditation
Positive thoughts are important because they train the mind to cooperate with the spirit. The trick is to keep the mind healthy so that it cooperates with spirit all the time, feeding it the good thoughts that move us forward. One way to do that is through meditation.
Though more and more people are picking up the habit, the average person does not embrace the practice of meditation, instead relegating it to “new age” fanaticism or eastern philosophy. That is like saying the act of breathing is a fad, or only practiced by certain spiritual groups.
Meditation is the greatest medicine we have available to us. This single act of deliberate breathing provides an awareness that allows us to respond to life in a reasonable way, rather than reacting to it. When we silently breathe in mindfulness, we give ourselves permission to participate in an intimate internal dialogue. That resulting communication takes us to a special place within the physical body that embraces our spiritual essence, which is where we hold our positive energy. The spirit is always in a good place, and each one of us can also be in a good place. The body and mind tend to derail the spirit’s journey and can leave us out of synch. Daily meditation will encourage your arrival at a healthier destination and promote positive energy rather than negative ones. Think of meditation as breathing in life force, and put it in the same category as the importance of personal bathing and grooming. Meditation will help you feel better, think clearly, make better decisions and avoid a lot of arguments and misunderstandings.
Here are some pointers to get you started:
1. Set an appointment with yourself for approximately the same time every day to meditate for at least 10–20 minutes. Wear comfortable clothing, if possible.
2. Meditation is deep, slow breathing while comfortably seated, which means you can meditate anywhere! Eyes closed, inhale slowly through your nose (mouth closed) to the count of six, filling your stomach up like a balloon and moving the air into your chest.
3. Exhale as slowly, deflating the balloon, through your nose again, mouth closed, to the count of six.**
**If you find it more comfortable to inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth, or that you need to change the inhale/exhale number, please do so. What works for you is what’s important. There is no right or wrong way to meditate, as long as you are breathing!
I hope you will consider implementing this practice into your life.
Originally published at lindalauren.com.