The Science of Meditation

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Maybe you are new to the concept of meditation like me.  I used to roll my eyes at the very idea.  WHAT?? Think about nothing?  What’s the point of THAT? Now, I have to admit that I am not that good at meditation and the only way I can successfully meditate is by using guided  recordings.  But now I am a believer.

I started meditating after the death of my daughter.  This may sound crazy but my initial reason was so that I might “connect” with her more.  My daughter has a very strong spirit and immediately after her passing was sending me signs from the other side.  You can imagine that I wanted more!

But….I am a logical person.  So, I did a little research.  There are numerous studies that verify the following benefits of meditation:

  1. It boost your immune system
  2. Decreases pain
  3. Boosts happiness
  4. Decreases depression, anxiety and stress
  5. Improves emotional regulation and positive emotions
  6. Improves focus and attention
  7. Improves your memory

Meditiation is simply mental house-cleaning.  It clears out the junk and energies that aren’t serving you anymore.I t’s amazing how much more clear things seem when you meditate.  Even if you don’t think you have any clutter to get rid of, it is one of the most relaxing exercises I have ever done.  I literally search “guided meditation” in Google.  I also like to add “chakra based” since I am a visual person and believe in balancing all my energy centres at the same time.  I can usually find between 20 and 45 minutes in my day when the house is quiet when I can put in my earphones, lie on the bed with a blanket and just listen.  It’s really that easy.  Truthfully, I end up falling asleep most times but I wake up feeling relaxed and de-stressed.

There are numerous myths floating around about meditation that are incorrect.  Here are a few:

  1. You need to empty your mind.  Actually it’s the opposite, lots of thoughts are the norm but you will eventually train yourself to think positive thoughts.
  2. You must sit cross-legged on the floor, or in lotus-potion.  Nope!  I choose to lay on the bed with a fluffy blanket 🙂
  3. You must meditate for hours on end.  Even 5 minutes a day can be beneficial.  I’ve found and used a 10 minute guided meditation that is quick and effective.
  4. Chanting. While this may exist somewhere in the universe, it’s a practice that I have not used or experienced.  I like the quiet myself and find that is most healing for my mind.
  5. It’s weird.  Well that is up to you to decide.  But give it a try before you reach that conclusion.  If you think relaxing and de-cluttering your mind so that you can be healthier and happier is weird, then maybe it is.

The fact of the matter is that meditation has been studied for years at many well respected universities around the globe.  Stanford, UCLA, Harvard, Oxford and many medical centres world wide have dedicated studies in this intriguing field.

Has meditation increased my connection to my daughter?  While I can’t say for certain, she tends to stop by for a visit when I am calm and positive. So I will definitely keep practicing meditation!

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