So, what is meditation? Put simply it’s one-pointed focus.
It doesn’t mean sitting for hours in a cross-legged position trying to think of nothing. Our brains are designed to think, so we can’t ever stop that. It’s about being aware. Being aware that the mind is wandering off and bringing it back to a one point of focus.
Giving ourselves a single point of focus – whether that’s the breath, a mantra (repeating a word or phrase) or a guided meditation, this single point of focus helps us to come into the parasympathetic nervous system mode, the rest and digest mode, that is so good for our wellbeing.
The simplest way of meditating that works for most of us, is to simply focus our awareness on the breath. Simply put, we notice the cool air on the nostrils as we breathe in and the warm air as we breathe out. We could then perhaps follow the breath down to the lower belly and notice it’s path. Or even count the length of each inhale and each exhale – it’s whatever works for you to keep that one-pointed focus. Each time the mind wanders, we simply bring it back to the breath.
Meditation helps us to relax. Our thoughts become clearer. It gives space to our fear, anger and worries and therefore helps us to re-connect to life.
So, why not start meditating for a better future today. Every time we sit to meditate, we are actively supporting and promoting our own health and well-being in heart, mind, and body.