There are many reasons why people practice meditation. Many of us are drawn to it because we want to relax and eliminate unnecessary stress and tension. The effects of it can be much like a mini vacation as one “returns’ refreshed, rejuvenated and with a new perspective on life. Unlike a vacation, it costs NOTHING and only requires a few minutes of time, preferably each day.
Meditation puts us in touch with out minds as well as our bodies. It helps us to understand our thoughts and to get in touch with any negative ones that are weighing us down, so that we may work through them and make changes for the better. The benefits are well recognized and documented.
Correct breathing, good posture and deep relaxation help the body to function more efficiently leading to a better state of homeostasis. This is where everything in our bodies and minds are in balance. Physically our acids and pHs balance, which is what leads to a state of wellness (and let’s remember that wellness is the opposite of illness). Insomnia, high blood pressure and low energy levels (just to name a few) all seem to correct themselves as a result of regular meditation. More meditation = less medication!!!
Meditation does not have to be done sitting and chanting. You don’t have to have a mantra or a sacred space (though both of those are wonderful). You don’t have to be a Buddhist, or light candles or play music. You don’t have to take a class or know about your chakras (though, again, all good). This month we will touch upon lots of different ways to meditate. If you attend any of my classes, you will probably be doing some sort or meditation or another. As you read this short piece penned by Buddha, you will come to understand why practices like Pilates and yoga are such great disciplines for the body and the mind. It pretty much sums up WHY people walk away from either of those types of classes or sessions feeling the way they do.
There is one thing that, when cultivated
and regularly practised, leads to
deep spiritual intention, to peace, to
mindfulness and clear comprehension,
to vision and knowledge, to a happy
life here and now, and to the
culmination of wisdom and awakening.
And what is this one thing?
IT IS A MINDFULNESS CENTERED ON THE BODY!