Meditation is fast becoming one of the most popular therapies for our hectic, fast paced and busy modern world, with doctors now prescribing meditation for stress reduction.

Guest Blog post by Beth Warren.

 

Meditation for stress.

 

The most common cause of illness in the modern world is stress, and meditation is quickly becoming the easiest and most natural way to eliminate stress and anxiety.

Due to the deep peaceful state induced by meditation. the body mind system can restore itself back to a natural condition of health and happiness which enables optimum healing and rejuvenation.

Meditation is backed up by science.

 

Studies have shown the significant benefits of these effects can be shown in as little as 12 weeks.  There is a fantastic episode of Catalyst called The Science of Meditation, which backs this claim up, and which you can watch here.

While these initial perks may be reason enough for us to practice, meditation’s positive impact appears to be even more far reaching, potentially adding years to our lives and improving our cognitive function well into old age.

Meditation is nature’s anti-aging remedy.

 

Stress is a factor that directly contributes to the aging process.  So it would make sense that if meditation has a positive effect on our stress levels, it would also then have an effect on how we age.

Meditation can also be useful if you have a medical condition, especially one that may be exacerbated by stress.

Anyone can meditate.  It’s simple and inexpensive.

Meditation is simple.

 

For example, this is a simple meditation that you can practice right now at home.  You can set a timer for 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes.

Remember, meditation is a practice – don’t give up if you think you can’t do it the first time you try.  Or the second.  Or the third.  The path to success is to just keep practicing.

  • Find a comfortable position with a straight spine, either sitting with your feel placed on the ground, or lying down
  • Become aware of your breath – inhale through the nose and exhale gently through the mouth
  • Just simply focus on your breath, seeing it go in your nose and out through your mouth
  • If thoughts come in, bring your awareness back to your breath.

 

 

Beth Warren is a meditation teacher with the International College of Meditation & Healing in Melbourne and leads the Mornington Happiness Hunter walk.  Beth has been practicing meditation for many years.  Her daily practice helps her to stay calm and she says by being calm, she is better able to deal with and respond to external events.  And when calm, she is happy, healthy and has a great appreciation of life! Beth teaches a meditation class in Mornington on a Wednesday night.  Contact us to find out more about learning how to meditate with Beth.