Meditation for disbelievers
In this article, meditation for disbelievers, you will discover that sitting cross-legged and humming "ah" is not the only way to meditate. You will also discover that you likely have already experienced the practice of meditation without consciously realizing you were doing so.
Mind Over Body
We have 60,000 + thoughts per day. From the moment we wake up, until we go to bed at night, our minds are active; some would say overly active.Once asleep, many people's minds continue to spin with dreams. It can result in waking feeling just as tired as when you went to bed.
The practice of meditating provides the opportunity for your mind to stop, slow down, and be calm. Ultimately this proves to be healthy for your physical body.
The state of your mind, and body, being constantly in a "fight or flight" mode is unhealthy physically because certain hormones remain in elevated states, putting stress on your organs. The result is that you age far more quickly, and are more likely to develop chronic, long term illnesses.
You Already Meditate Unconsciously
Any time you put your mind on just one thought, for one moment in time, you are meditating. The practice of being "mindful", where you focus your mind on one path,one task, one thought, is a form of meditation.
Meditating means quieting all the other thoughts and voices in your head and focusing on just one thing.
Do you like to hike, take long scenic drives, or go for an early morning walk along the beach?
Have you ever stopped and closed your eyes simply to take in and enjoy the pleasant fragrance of your favorite flower?
Do you take the time to relax and listen to soothing music, or just sit out on your porch and listen to the birds?
If you have done these things, or anything similar, than you have already experienced a form of meditation.
Decrease Stress and Increase Happiness
So many people believe that they do not have the time to meditate, but did you know that spending even 5 minutes each day, quieting your mind, can significantly elevate your level of happiness, increase productivity, and even help you sleep better.
This 5 minutes is best first thing in the morning, before the day gets started on its hectic pace. Like a good breakfast it will fuel your mind, soul, and spirit with positive thoughts.
Set your alarm for five minutes earlier than normal, and start by saying "good morning" to yourself, to the universe, to God, to a loved one passed, or whoever. Take a few slow, deep breaths, focusing on how the air feels entering your lungs. Then say "thank you".
Try doing this before any thoughts of the day ahead are allowed to enter your mind, or you will be distracted from the meditation.
This simple morning routine may actually take a little practice, but you will find it becomes second nature after a while. You will also notice that your days will start off on a more even keel. And that sets the positive tone for the day.
It can suck the health right out of your body. Science has proven time and again that emotional stress causes very real physical symptoms; headaches, stomach ulcers, tension in the muscles of neck and shoulders are all physical symptoms of stress.
The simple act of taking time to consciously meditate will help prevent, and even cure, many of your physical discomforts.
So what are some other ways to relax and focus your mind?
Meditating to music
This is by far the easiest way for most people to learn and practice meditation; and for you "disbelievers", the best way to prove to you that meditation works.
All you need to do is find a piece of music that appeals to you, one with no lyrics and no story (classical music doesn't work because there is always a story hidden in it, meaning it provokes certain feelings and thoughts within you).
If you do not own any such music there are many CD's available on the market that are designed specifically for meditation purposes. Try borrowing from your local library, or downloading samples from the Internet to find one or two pieces of music that feel right, sound right for you.
Now find your 5 minutes, whether it is in the morning, during a break at work, lunch hour, or even later in the day when you get home from work. Change in to some comfortable clothing, find a quiet spot to sit down and turn on the music you have selected. Think of nothing else but taking a few slow, deep breaths, and let the music fill your being.
As time goes on you will likely find it easier to set aside 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes, or even more in your day to relax in this way, to calm your mind, relax your body; to meditate.
Here is to being happier, and healthier in life.