10 Must-know secrets of meditation
A lot of people think that meditation is just something weird that hippies who sit around a field are doing, but meditation has been around for thousands of years and is now practiced by people of all sorts, from all walks of life. Meditation has been proven to have countless benefits, both for physical health, and for mental well-being. If you are new to meditation, or you just want to know more, here are ten 10 must-know secrets of meditation.
1. You don’t have to sit for hours on end meditating
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to meditation, and you don’t have to sit for hours on end to get the benefits from mediating. While daily meditation, at a time that you set aside especially for meditating, is best, you can meditate at anytime, anywhere, and for as long or as short a period as you like.
2. Any position can be good for meditation
Another common misconception is that you have to sit cross legged to meditate. In fact, any position that works for you is OK for meditation, some people sit on a chair, some lay down and others even meditate standing up. It’s really down to finding a position that you feel comfortable in, and one in which you can focus your mind.
3. You don’t have to be spiritual to meditate
Although meditation is often thought of in connection with religious beliefs, and in particular, Buddhism, there is no reason why you have to be a spiritual person to be able to practice meditation. Meditation is all about clearing your mind and being in the present, and anyone can gain something out of meditation.
4. Meditation is not as hard to do as you think
Mediation is not some kind of oriental art that takes years to master, it can be as simple as concentrating on your breathing in and out. In Zen meditation, for example, all you do is you sit quietly and focus on your own breathing and, if your mind begins to wander, you refocus it back on the breath. There are plenty of books and DVD’s that will get you started, or you could attend a meditation class.
5. Being present is just your natural state
Being present, which is the aim of meditation, simply means having no unnecessary thoughts cluttering up your mind. You used to know how to be present, when you were a baby, but you lose that ability as you get older and your mind becomes cluttered with everyday worries, stresses and concerns. As a baby, you could look into your mother’s eyes and her eyes would be your only concern. In meditation, you focus on just your breathing, or a mantra, and you clear your mind of all the other things.
6. Meditation boosts the immune system
If you’ve ever wondered why people meditate, here’s a few of the benefits that you can get from meditation. The first is that meditation has been proven to boost the immune system. Meditation helps you to control stress and anxiety, which are two things that can have a seriously negative effect on the immune system.
7. It improves fertility
While scientists are not sure exactly why, it is known that the reduction in stress that meditation provides, improves a woman’s fertility. Statistics show that women who practice stress reduction techniques like meditation are far more likely to get pregnant than those who don’t.
8. It improves self-confidence
Meditation also teaches you to be able to control your negative emotions better and that improves self-confidence. Through meditating, you learn how to take control of your mind and that sense of control creates a feeling of strength and self-confidence in everyday life too.
9. You gain more focus
Meditating is learning how to focus your mind and control your thoughts and that is a habit that sticks. People who meditate have a far greater attention span and they are able to focus better on everyday tasks.
10. There is no right or wrong way to meditate
There are many different types of school of meditation, some of which are related to religious and spiritual beliefs, but many are not. In just one Hindu text called the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, there are 112 different ways to meditate, and that’s just one book! There is no right way to meditate, you can experiment with the many different published types of meditation, or you could even invent your own. The real secret of meditation is to find your own way of focusing on the present and removing the unwanted thoughts from your mind. How you do that, is up to you.
Stay happy and healthy.