What exactly is meditation?
Meditation is an age-old tradition believed to be originated in India and China and has been practiced in many cultures dating back to 1500 BC. The word meditation stems from meditatum, a Latin term that means ‘to ponder’.
Meditation is a technique used to develop an awareness of the 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 (H. Bertone and C. Hoshaw. "Which Meditation is Right for Me" Healthline, November 2021).
Why is meditation good for me?
Reduces stress and anxiety
Decreases symptoms of depression
Improved self awareness
Improves sleep patterns
Creates a sense of calm
Promotes deeper breathing
Reduces blood pressure and heart rate
Reduces cortisol and epinephrine
Improves immune system
Increases blood flow to the brain
Increases efficiency of oxygen use in the body
Types of Meditation
Focused Attention Meditation
Body Scan Meditation
Loving Kindness Meditation
How do I do meditate?
Find a quiet, comfortable area where you will not be distracted
Gather any props that will assist you in finding comfort (pillows, cushions, etc...)
Adjust lighting or music if you choose
Set the environment with any essential oils or fragrances that help you to relax
Find a seat or comfortable reclined position
Relax the body and enjoy
Make meditation part of your daily routine
Come with no expectations or judgements