Meditation is the practice of focussing the mind by giving attention to an object or an idea.
It is a simple way through which you can train your brain.
Over time, meditators fall into a state of flow, lose their sense of time and space while still maintaining awareness.
Does it sound a little complex for you? You’re not alone. It feels that way for a lot of people. Meditation means different things to different people, cultures and practices.
Some are faith based while others are not. Some involve guidance while others do not. Some involve movement, while others require music, visualisation or remaining still.
How Can I Benefit From Meditation?
Each and every member of the Being Me team has a different experience and relationship towards meditation. It is a very personal experience for each of us - and important for us to choose a kind of meditation that speaks to us. In addition, having a menu of different kinds of meditation practices can be helpful in choosing what kind of pause we need in the here and now.
Meditation has been practiced since the prehistoric times, with evidence that shows the practice dating back to 2500BC. However, only recently has the science of meditation become of interest to psychologists & neuroscientists. Evidence-based research is now showing that meditation can provide several benefits on a physiological & psychological level:
Regular meditation practice produced structural changes in the hippocampus in areas related to self-awareness, compassion and introspection (Holzel et al., 2011)
Regular mindfulness meditation (non-judgemental awareness) significantly reduced anxiety related disorders, depression, and pain (Goyal et al., 2014)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, an approach that uses meditation, awareness and yoga to to build mindfulness in individuals, was created by Dr. Jon Kabat- Zinn and has been proven to reduce physical, emotional and mental consequences of chronic stress (Reibel et al., 2001)