My Meditation Journey...
My meditation journey began four years ago now. I started by simply closing my door and sitting in my sacred space that I’d created, which back then was my breastfeeding chair in my room.
Let me tell you, the first 2 minutes felt like forever and I can assure you I didn’t find myself in a zen state. I was thinking about what I could cook for dinner… things I needed to add to my grocery list…. And how in the heck did people sit like that for more than 2 minutes!!!
But I stuck with it and after about my 5th attempt I found myself feeling this incredible sense of peace wash over me for just a few seconds. It was like I had been washed in love and light.
I’m here to assure you that it’s OK if it feels weird and uncomfortable at first. Most things you try for the first couple of times do! Meditation is a practice that takes time to get comfortable. It can help if you have a teacher or coach to help walk you through your meditation journey at the beginning.
As meditation is a personal practice, there are probably more ways to do it than anyone knows, so don’t feel like your doing it wrong. Do what feels right for you! Trust your body, feel into it and observe what comes up for you.
Why Do People Do It?
They do it because it makes a huge difference to their lives, not only emotionally, but also physically and spiritually too. I know you will be surprised to know that so many people do it!
Scientists have discovered that when we meditate, our brains stop processing information as actively as they normally would. Meditation decreases negative neurological connections to the prefrontal cortex which decreases feelings of fear, stress and anxiety.
The research also shows that the gray matter of the brain responsible for emotional regulation, planning and problem solving increases with regular meditation. Amazingly, the area of our brain which regulates how we feel the emotions of stress, fear and anxiety responds to mediation by shrinking!!!
Mental & Physical Benefits
So what are the mental and physical benefits of a regular mindful meditation practice?
- Better focus: our mediation practice is about focusing our attention on one thing rather than a multitude of things. This actually helps to improve our focus when we aren’t meditating.
- Reduces Ageing
- Better memory: Catherine Kerr, a researcher at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and the Other Research Center found that those people that practiced regular mindful meditation were able to adjust the brain wave that screens out distraction sand increase their productivity more effectively.
- More compassion
- More creativity
- Helps you appreciate life more
- Helps you feel more connected
- Make you feel happier and less stressed
- Helps you have a good nights sleep
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Increases immunity and helps fight diseases
- Improves metabolism and helps you to lose weight
- Improves the functioning of your brain