Achieving Wellness Through Meditation
Humans are such a mercurial bunch. We have a need to be in perfect harmony in order to function properly. The problems of everyday life, chaos and stress can lead to an imbalanced life. This can lead to physical, emotional and mental issues. Hence, the need for meditation.
Meditation is defined as a means to reflect upon, or contemplate in a devotional way in order to achieve a religious or philosophical awareness. People from all over the world have used a form of it for centuries as a means to become centered and focused.
Benefits of meditation
I have found that at the very least, meditation helps to manage stress. The reduction of stress can lead to an increase in physical, mental and emotional well being. Furthermore, other scientifically proven benefits include,
- enhancement of self esteem and self acceptance
- lessening of worry and anxiety
- improvement of mood and emotional intelligence
- increase of memory retention and recall
- better cognitive skills
- better information processing
- improvement of the immune system
- reduction of blood pressure
Furthermore, there is the benefit of being fully aware, and alive.
Why am I focusing on it now?
I’ve been feeling a bit out of sync ever since my knee injury and I’ve found it difficult to regain my form. Early on in the year I was feeling good about my physical fitness, my sleeping habits and I was being mindful of what I was eating. Things quickly went downhill for me as a result of my injury.
I’ve always used running and hiking as forms of meditation to supplement my daily prayer and devotional. Physical activities have a way of keeping me grounded and focused. Consequently it also helps me sleep better, which then leads to better concentration in my prayer life.
Similarly, yoga has helped expand my meditation process while I’ve been in recovery mode. I won’t get into much detail yet about the different forms of yoga meditation since I am still a newbie to the practice. But I can tell you that Yoga has helped to open up my eyes to more methods of reflection that I’m sure will supplement my own routine.
I look forward to learning much more through yoga in the coming months and I’m sure that I’ll revisit this theme in future posts. Also be on the lookout for future posts on meditation methods coming soon!