Meditation is a practice of being fully aware of our actions, thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Meditation teaches us to stay in this present moment. It can involve practices to sharpen focus and attention, connect to the body and breath, develop acceptance of difficult emotions, and even alter consciousness. Meditation is usually practiced in a seated position with the eyes closed although movements can also have meditative qualities.
It’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. Meditation is being able to observe those thoughts/feelings without passing judgment, but with a greater understanding of the bigger picture.
Five of the most common types of meditation are mindfulness, body scan, walking, loving-kindness, and transcendental meditation. Those different types of meditation come with different benefits, but some benefits include reduced anxiety, improved self-control, better self-care, and less pain.
Meditation is a practice that has several benefits for your body, mind, emotions, and spirituality.
For your body, it releases stress, calms down the nerves, and thus prevents many different types of illnesses. Meditation can also reduce chronic pain, heart disease and high blood pressure.
For your mind, it increases your power of attention, self-awareness, memory and resilience; making you better at learning and decision-making.
For your emotional life, meditation helps you manage anxiety, depression, fear and other mood disorders; it also increases emotional intelligence and positive moods.