Updated: Dec 10, 2018
A mind-body practice used to experience calm and physical relaxation, improve psychological well being, cope with illness, and enhance overall health. meditative practice focuses on interactions between the brain, mind, body, and behavior.
Meditation is a tool for reaching altered states of consciousness. Examples of altered states are gratitude, forgiveness, flow, a sense of oneness with the people around you, creativity, and so on.
“Make space in your mind - make magic in your life”
When made into a regular practice, meditation can have profound affects on physical and mental health.
How to do it
Meditation can be done in a variety of ways: breathing, guided thought journeys, quiet reflection, singing, chanting, mantras, prayer... all with the goal of altering the physical state through the mind. The more these techniques are practiced and mastered, the faster you can reach the desired altered state and experience the health benefits.
I’m relatively new to meditation practice, so I like to use an app called the Waking Up Course that builds your meditation skills and time in practice steadily each day. I try to do it first thing in the morning, but sometimes do it before bed too.
How it works
Meditation activates the parasympathetic nervous system and slows the heart rate, breathing rate, lowers blood pressure, reduces sweating, and soothes the sympathetic nervous system’s fight-or-flight functions. It also increases mindfulness, positive feelings, positive thinking, connectivity, decreases stress, and improves sleep.