So often I hear people say, “I just can’t shut down the incessant chatter going on in my mind!” I understand only too well as I too once experienced this.
Benefits of Meditation
A study conducted by The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Emory University of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia found the following benefits to meditation –
1. Boosts Immune Function
2. Reduces pain
3. Increases positive emotion
4. Reduces anxiety
5. Increased compassion
6. Increases Gray Matter in the brain
By reducing stress through meditation we’re able to think from the neocortex, the most evolved part of the human brain. The neocortex is responsible for abstract thought, imagination and consciousness; it’s flexible and has unlimited learning abilities!
Meditation helps with decision-making
When we’re making decisions, there is great power in being able to access our higher levels of consciousness, which can only be done when we’re utilising the neocortex. Operating from this part of the brain is empowering and enables you to hear exactly what your body is telling you, leading to more conscious decision-making.
As meditation puts our body into a state of relaxation along with many associated health benefits I decided to persevere with my meditation and work on lessening my the chatter. Maybe some of the following tips could help you.
How to still your mind chatter… How to meditate
1. I focused on my breath. Breath in, breath out. I would select a random number and then count backwards; maybe starting at 57. 57 breath in, 57 breath out, 56 breath in 56 breath out and so on to number 1, and if I lost count I returned to my chosen number.
2. Scanning my body. I’d start from my head and slowly work my mind down through each part of my body finishing with my toes. Similar to Yoga Nidra.
3. Sometimes I just sat and allowed thoughts to come and go. With time the thoughts became less intrusive.
4. Repeating a mantra helped quieten my chatter. My mantra may have been one single word or a series of words I repeated, however always positive, in the now and attainable. It was an affirmation.
Starting with only a couple of minutes each day concentrating purely on your breath, and nothing more, is the beginning of de-stressing your body and allowing great health and awareness.
When to meditate?
First thing in the morning is regarded as the best time as your mind is at its most receptive. Establish a comfortable sitting position with your back, neck and head in a straight line and hands resting on your legs or in your lap. Sit with your back away from the back of the chair to maintain some muscle tone and to help keep you awake. Of course you must be comfortable and place a cushion for support if necessary.
Close your eyes. Be aware of your breath as it enters and exits your nose. This is your focal point. Acknowledge distractions and then let go. Each time you notice a distraction accept its presence then let it go. With time it will lessen.
Here are two videos of my favourite meditations that I recommend to my clients (in addition to the ones I teach):
Looking for a meditation teacher?
If you’d like assistance with your meditation I’d love to help you begin your meditation journey either in the comfort of your home (online) or come to me in Subiaco or I can come to your home. (There may be travel costs if you are far from Subiaco).
Meditation classes to get you started
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“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance.
Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back.
Choose the path that leads to wisdom”.
About the author, Jen
Jen, also known as the traveling yogi and the inspiring yogi loves sharing her knowledge and wisdom in a warm, heart-felt way for all her students and blog-followers to enjoy!
Jen is the head QiYoga teacher, world-wide and loves sharing this therapeutic form of yoga (which combines qigong, hatha yoga and meditation) in classes, 1-to-1 private sessions and through corporate yoga classes as well as retreats.