Is Meditation Worth Practicing?

Jul 18, 2022

The French Philosopher Michel de Montaigne is quoted as having said “The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.

This has been true throughout time, and never as true as in our current fast-paced, electronically influenced society.
With so many demands on us and so many distractions, it takes conscious effort to take a moment and allow ourselves the time we need to explore who we truly are within.

The word meditation stems from the Latin word meditatum, meaning ’to ponder.’ Through the practice of meditation, we seek to deeply relax, deepen and slow down our breath and notice our thoughts. While it may sound simple and pointless, the purpose is to notice how our emotions influence our behavior, often creating stress in the present when the events we are replaying in our head are past or future based.

Is Meditation Good For You?

The awareness that is in the present moment, when we give ourselves permission to just be and allow thoughts of past and present to move through the mind without becoming fixated on them, we realize that all is well at the moment. I can relax. I am safe.

Regular practice of sitting in meditation, or simply quieting the mind of its tendency to think of many things all at once, is that we can create a state of inner calm which we can then choose to maintain throughout the day ahead.

Learning how to quiet the mind, relax the nervous system and control ones breathing is a valuable tool that can be life-saving in many ways. Meditation can lower cortisol levels in the bloodstream, thereby reducing stress. It enables the immune system to function with ease, allows digestion to function without impairment, and can lower blood pressure, ultimately prolonging one’s life. Meditation, when practiced regularly, will enhance longevity, open your mind to creative ideas, and enable you to use oxygen more efficiently.

Meditation Tips For Beginners

If you are looking to begin practicing meditation and are not too sure where to start, use these tips:
•Take a seat somewhere calm or quiet.
•Set a time limit. If you’re just starting out, start going for 5 minutes.
•Sit and notice your body and breath.
•Focus on the sensation of your breath going in and out.
•Notice when your mind has wandered, then return that attention to your breath.
•Close or end your session gracefully.

Concluding Thoughts

I like to remind my patients that we only have so many breaths in this lifetime and ultimately, we are the controller of those breaths. One sure way to live longer is to learn to slow those breaths down. Ultimately, it is up to us whether we choose to take one more slow, deep breath of life.

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