In 2021 we are finding our zen through the power of meditating. Have you tried meditation before? If you are new to meditating, there is nothing to be apprehensive about. When people think of meditating often the first thing that comes to mind is sitting with your legs crossed in a quiet, peaceful environment. But that doesn’t have to be the case. You can actually meditate anywhere you like. Lying down on your bed, sitting down on the train home from work, or even when going for a walk. Meditating reaps so many incredible benefits which is why by the end of this blog you have to go and give it a try…
What is meditation?
The English word ‘meditation’ stems from the Latin term ‘meditatum’ meaning ‘to ponder.’ No one is fully aware of the exact date when people started to meditate, however experts agree that it probably began before the birth of modern civilisation. Many believe that meditation originated in Asia. As the practice of meditation was closely interlinked with spiritualism, thus associating itself with Buddhism.
There are many different ways to meditate. And meditating doesn’t necessarily have one origin as many countries and religions have evolved the meaning of meditation to work for them. The power of this beautiful teaching, is that there’s no ‘wrong’ way to meditate. As long as you are finding inner peace and inner calm, there will be a happiness evoked inside of you.
By taking the time to connect with yourself and your thoughts in a positive light, you’re holding yourself accountable for essentially having a break. Meditating allows you to be one with yourself and find time to focus on you. It’s such an important thing to do, now more than ever. Even if your form of meditation is to bake, or to walk, or maybe just to sit and relax. That’s all perfectly acceptable – just focus on you!
Meditating to help with stress and anxiety
Research looking at over 200 studies has found that meditation can help to reduce stress levels. Meditation empties all the information that is piling up in your mind every day and contributing to stress. It is a great way to help tackle stress and anxiety by lowering cortisol levels (the stress hormone). Taking time out of the day to focus on your thoughts and be present can help t0 connect with yourself and relieve stress. If you lead a busy lifestyle and feel that you do not have the time to fit in some meditation, you do not have to spend hours doing it. In fact, just a few minutes of meditation a day can reduce stress and bring inner peace.
Meditation can also help you become more mindful. Being mindful can help to train your mind to focus on the present, meaning you will be less likely to ruminate on the past or any anxious thoughts that can fuel your anxious state. Auro provide an entire collection of classes called ‘Ease your anxiety’ on the app. This includes all our meditations aimed to help you tackle your anxiety and try to get you to truly connect with the present moment.
Meditating for focus and concentration
Do you find it difficult to focus on a task for longer than 10 minutes? Research suggests that meditating can change the structure of the brain through relaxation. In turn, this can increase focus and learning concentration, as well as improve memory and attention span.
Sometimes we can find it hard to focus due to spending too much time dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Meditation gives you some time out to help you to move away from these thought processes. Meditating helps you to train your mind to stop wandering and focus on the present task at hand.
Meditating for loving and kindness
Loving kindness is a type of meditation that can boost your well-being and increase your capacity for forgiveness, connection to others and self-acceptance, if practiced regularly. In this type of meditation, you will be asked to send kindness to others and yourself, which often people can find tricky. Research has suggested that practicing loving kindness meditation can provide benefits such as helping with social anxiety and marital conflict. You can practice loving kindness meditation on the Auro app, letting you connect with your sense of self-love and empowerment.
Ready to start meditating?
New to meditation? Get yourself an audio personal trainer like Auro to gain access to a qualified instructor. This lets you practice meditating at home or on the go while being guided by a professional. At Auro, we believe that feeling good on the inside should be prioritised over how you look on the outside. This year has been tough on us all, which is why we want to spread awareness of our classes to help you find your zen.