Thursday, 19 April 2012

The Art of Meditation

A while ago I went to see a chiropractor. As much as clicking my back felt wonderful the most important thing he taught me was how to meditate. This is an important part of my exercise regime now, as much as running or yoga.

Meditation has long been practiced but only recently seemed to take off in the Western world, with many celebrity fans increasing it's popularity. It may not be to everyone's taste but I've fallen in love with it.

With our lives, now more than ever, so busy and constantly in touch with the world it's difficult to switch off and relax. The aim of meditation is to clear the mind and think of nothing although this is very difficult. But practice makes perfect.

Firstly find a quiet, comfortable place for you to sit, straight but comfortable, hands resting in your lap, feet flat on the ground. To begin with aim for just 5 minutes and build it up.

Close your eyes and breath in through the nose, out through the mouth. As you breath in, breath fully into your belly. Your chest should barely move with the breath, it's your stomach that you need to focus on. As you breath out, your stomach will go back in.

You will find your mind wanders to other topics or how much time you think has passed but that's OK. Just bring it back to thinking of nothing. Other things that have helped me are to think of waves with your breathing, or a flickering candle.

Afterwards I feel very relaxed but also energised. Most of us only use shallow breaths so a few minutes of deep breathing is incredibly beneficial. I don't know all the science to it but I know it makes me feel good so I'd urge everyone to give it a try.

Do you already meditate? What are your recommendations to get the most out of it? Or is there no way you would try it? Let me know.


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