Do you worry about the future, dwell on the past or daydream when you’re supposed to be focusing on a task or enjoying the moment? Seven years ago, I did all of the above. That was, until I was introduced to Chanting Meditation. It has helped me become more relaxed, less distracted and present. My life hasn’t been the same since.
As we all know, meditation has been practiced in cultures all over the world for thousands of years. It’s effectiveness is proven, and people across generations have talked of its benefits. Which is probably why you don’t need another person droning on about how great it is.
But the fact is, meditation is particularly useful as a coping mechanism in these extraordinary times we live in; to deal with the fear of uncertainty as well as people’s demanding daily lives due to the stresses of working from home and maintaining a work-life balance. Yes, there’s the matter of your drifting focus and short attention span. We’re here to tell you that it can be fixed. That there’s no one right way to meditate. And you can find what fits you.
We’re here to tell you that you can sit still, ace mindfulness and beat that anxiety too. Here’s how to get started.
A First-Timer’s Guide To Meditation
What Is Meditation?
The practice of meditation comprises a range of techniques whose goal is to encourage a heightened state of awareness and focused attention. “Our simple approach to life is to immediately react negatively to an unpleasant situation,” says Nyela Kapadia, co-founder of Intermittent Fasting and Mindful Living. “We are hardwired into reacting that way. Meditation changes that pattern of reaction through practice and gradually clears the clutter of the mind, allowing you to be more present, more observant and less reactive to any situation.”
Why Should We Meditate?
“Meditation has several benefits even for a beginner. It reduces stress, anxiety and negative emotions,” says celebrity fitness instructor Samiksha Shetty. “It helps calm your nervous system and aids in increased focus and productivity. Meditating also helps you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings and actions, and improves the quality of your sleep and helps fight addictions.”
Is there more than one way to meditate?
“Meditation is the celebration of life, itself. There are many techniques of meditation and they rightly exist because each one of us requires a different tool to attain our maximum concentration and awareness. Therefore, the right way to understand how to begin the practice of meditation starts with understanding what meditation is all about,” says Rishi Nagori, Founder of Rishi Yoga Institute.