The Importance of Meditation, Mindfulness and Mental Health
What if there was a way to breath in happiness, and breathe out stress and negativity? With all that is going on in this world, our mental and emotional health is more important than ever. Calm, presence, peace and balance are all things that we want to feel regularly. The way we
breathe as well as the way we think affects the way that we feel during the day. Guided
meditation is one of the easiest ways to empty our thoughts, be more present, feel happier, and be more energized during the day. Creating a space for meditation daily will connect you with your spiritual, emotional, and physical well being.
Anyone can practice mindfulness and concentration during meditation. Like hitting the gym and getting stronger muscles, meditation works out and strengthens your brain, only, with extra
health benefits. These benefit include improved memory and self awareness, a decrease in anxiety, depression, and stress, and an increase in pain tolerance and raised levels of empathy. The elements of meditating is all about having an open attitude, being in a comfortable and
quiet environment, and focusing your attention on your breath.
Guided Meditation in comparison to silent or single Meditation can help you to make your mediation time more concrete. According to The Blooming of a Lotus, by Hạnh Nhấtwhen, “when practicing mediation, if the body is calm then the mind is calm.” With this method of
meditation you form mental images of places or situations you find relaxing. Meditation is considered the deepest rest of all and it effectively increases your awareness of your environment, develop your ability to be more present and to efficiently process more of the information received from your environment.
It takes mindfulness to gain concentration, meaning, you have to have strong attention to gain deeper breathing and a slow active thoughts. When you are able to reach concentration, there is a decrease in blood pressure and a subtle increase in heart rate promoting healthy circulation of blood flow and oxygen to the body and mind. When you reach the point of deepest rest, the emotions in your brain waves will change from negative to positive.
According to A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation, the immune system is boosted with meditation. It creates antibodies which aids to a better and stronger immune system. “Meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as: anxiety, asthma, cancer, chronic pain, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), Sleep problems, and headaches.
The Art of Meditation can be traced as far back to an ancient practice during biblical times and is also linked to Buddhist teachings. It is a practice that is proven to be so beneficial that it has survived centuries and has been passed on from culture to culture. Today, Meditation is
considered a complimentary mind and body holistic medicine and will leave you with a tranquil mind and a positive spirit.
Interested in trying guided meditation? Salt of the Earth is offering live stream guided meditation sessions from the salt cave.