How Meditation and Deep Breathing Can Lead to an Abundant and Healthy Life

Woman meditating by water
Life can sometimes feel fast-paced and chaotic. As a spiritual being living this human experience with so many different energies in the world, you can easily get caught up and thrown off balance.
The practice of meditation or deep breathing is a powerful way to stay grounded and live a healthier life - both mentally and physically. Meditation has been around for thousands of years with some of the earliest written records of the practice coming from Hindu and Buddhist traditions. The Chopra Center has a nice infographic outlining the history of meditation.
Meditation or mindfulness allows you to focus on the moment and to clear out the chatter that constantly goes on in your head.
Benefits of Meditation
There is a myriad of benefits associated with meditation including improved focus and attention, less stress, lowered blood pressure, plus increases in energy, creativity, and productivity.
The air we breathe is the life force that provides us with the "medicine" and energy to survive. When we cut ourselves on the finger or get a scrape on the skin, eventually that wound heals, right? It's that same energy that can heal your body as well. When you tap into that energy through meditation, the possibilities are endless.
From my own personal experience of meditating for the past 10 years, I have become more calm and clear-headed. I also feel much happier than I was in my 30's. Life's challenges and bumps in the road don't stress me out like they used to.
“Devote the mind to confusion and we know only too well, if we’re honest, that it will become a dark master of confusion, adept in its addictions, subtle and perversely supple in its slaveries. Devote it in meditation to the task of freeing itself from illusion, and we will find that, with time, patience, discipline, and the right training, our mind will begin to unknot itself and know its essential bliss and clarity.” ~Sogyal Rinphoche
Meditation Techniques
One of the most common misconceptions about meditating is that you have to be completely still and not think of anything.
In actuality, meditation can take on many forms and there are a variety of techniques you can do to reach a zen-like state. You can sit down with crossed legs, lie down, or simply sit in a chair and relax. It's a personal moment in time that allows you to just be in the now and allow your mind to relax. If you choose, you could listen to guided meditations or even chant abundant affirmations as you meditate.
If you're just starting out with meditation, it can take some practice before you get to a point where your mind is completely still and quiet.
Here's a simple technique for deep breathing during meditation...
1. Picture yourself as a balloon, inhale, and feel yourself expand.
2. Hold it for about 3 seconds.
3. Breathe out slowly, feel yourself deflate and relax like a balloon.
How long you meditate is up to you. You can start out with five minutes every morning and work your way up from there. Meditating in the morning can set the tone for the day. In addition, meditating at night can help you unwind and pave the way for a relaxing, restful sleep.
Just like anything in life, consistency is key to reaping the benefits of meditation. It won't be long, though, before you'll start to notice positive transformations in your life. Even your friends and family will begin to notice a change in you. Try it out and let me know how it goes!

2 comments:

mistery said...

Hi Maria, cool blog. Totally agree with the whole meditation / visualisation / affirmation things. I know it works --- from personal experience. I was diagnosed as having a degenerative bone disease and could get no help or answers from mainstream medicine. I strongly believe I healed myself, by means of techniques such as you describe in your blog.

Here are a couple cool techniques you might want to have a look at:
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