Over the course of the last few years, the importance of taking care of your mental health has never been more encouraged by wellness professionals, doctors, fitness programs, and the media. Worry, anxiety, and stress can be more than distractions in our everyday routine, it can also negatively affect your physical health. So how does meditation play a role in preventing detriment to our overall well being? Meditation helps you shift your focus, not just for the allotted time of mediation practice, but for hours, days, and months later. Through meditation, you become more aware, shift your focus to the present, and create purposeful actions. In turn, you take control of your life as you release fears of the past and future, and step into your power.
Various forms of meditation may help you develop a stronger understanding of yourself, helping you grow into your best self, your most powerful self. If you are someone who enjoys quiet, intimate moments for self care, I would try a mindful meditation practice. This type of meditation allows you to lengthen your attention span, decrease memory loss, and improve sleep. By finding a quiet space where you can sit or lie down, and cancel out distractions through dialing into your mind’s deepest thoughts and images, you are able to strengthen your ability to focus on one task for a long period of time. Additionally, you are able to recall past memories, feelings, and traumas. Through this awareness you can then control racing thoughts and negative thinking patterns, which in turn, will decrease stress and promote positive emotional health, allowing you to feel more in control of your life, more powerful than before.
On the other hand, if you are an individual who enjoys moving your body, a moving meditation practice such as walking, yoga, or tai chi may be a better option for you. When you use any of these moving practices to meditate, you want to focus on connecting your mind to your body, your breathework, and stress relieving movements. If you need any guidance on these meditation types, there are many options available via online virtual classes or in person.
As Swami Satchidananda said “When you become the master of your mind, you are master of everything.” I too can attest to the dynamic benefits of meditation through both a stationary and moving practice. This energetic practice for our brain increases awareness, concentration, decision making, and higher-order functions become stronger, while lower-order brain activities decrease. All in all, meditation has allowed myself, and many others around the world, to become more powerful in mind, body, and spirit shortly after incorporating it into our daily wellness routine.
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About the Author:
Ariana Burrell is a lover of all things health and wellness! She found her passion while in college at the University of Oregon, where she received her Bachelor of Science in human physiology and psychology. At the age of 19, she became a personal trainer and fitness instructor for the university Recreation Center, and has been growing her knowledge and experience in the fitness world since. With a background in various training formats, from Pilates and yoga to sports performance and strength and conditioning, there is nothing she loves more about being in this field than inspiring others to live a healthy, active, and balanced lifestyle. In addition to fitness and wellness, she enjoys hiking/walking with her dog, baking tasty treats, and journaling.