Everyday Ways to Practice Meditation - PetriMedCA27 Oct 2022
It has, indeed, been asserted that, meditation should be one’s part of daily routine and so we continue to share the details about the same as under:
Everyday ways to practice meditation
We shouldn’t let the thought of “meditating the right way”, add to our stress. If we choose to, we can attend special meditation centres or group classes led by trained instructors. But we can also practice simple meditation easily on our own. We can make meditation as formal or informal as we like or as it suits our lifestyle and situation. Some people build meditation into their daily routine. For example, we may start and end each day with a specific period for meditation. All we really need is a few minutes of quality time for meditation.
Here are some ways we can practice meditation on our own, whenever we choose:
Breathe deeply. This technique is good for beginners because breathing is a natural function. We need to focus all our attention on our breathing deeply and slowly and concentrate on feeling and listening as we inhale and exhale through our nostrils. When our attention wanders, we gently have to turn our focus back to our breathing.
Scanning our body. When using this technique, we focus our attention on different parts of our body. We have to be aware of our body's various sensations whether that's pain, tension, warmth or relaxation. We need to combine body scanning with breathing exercises and imagine breathing heat or relaxation into and out of different parts of our body.
Repeating a mantra. We can create our own mantra, whether it's religious or secular. Examples of religious mantras include the Jesus Prayer in the Christian tradition, the holy name of God in Judaism, or the Om mantra of Hinduism. Similarly, we can repeat any other mantra that are traditional in Buddhism and other Eastern religions.
Walking and meditating. Combining a walk with meditation is an efficient and healthy way to relax. We can use this technique anywhere we are walking such as in a tranquil forest, on a city sidewalk or at the shopping mall. When we use this method, we slow down our walking pace so that we can focus on each movement of our legs or feet. We don't focus on a particular destination. We concentrate on our legs and feet, repeating action words in our mind such as "lifting," "moving" and "placing" as we lift each foot, move our leg forward and place our foot on the ground. We focus on the sight, sound and smell around us.
Engaging in prayer. Prayer is the best known and most widely practiced example of meditation. Spoken and written prayers are found in most faith and traditions. We can pray using our own words and language or read prayers written by others. We can check the self-help section of our local bookstore in this regard. We can talk to one’s guru, priest, rabbi, pastor or other spiritual leaders about possible resources.
Reading, listening and reflecting. Many people report that they benefit from reading poems or sacred texts, and taking a few moments to quietly reflect on their meaning. We can also listen to hymns, sacred music, spoken words or any other music that we find relaxing or inspiring. We can write our reflections in a journal or discuss them with a friend or spiritual leader.
Focussing our love and kindness. In this type of meditation, we think of others with feelings of love, compassion and kindness. This can help increase how connected we feel to others.
Why is Mental Health important?
Mental health is more important now than ever before; it impacts all spheres of our lives.
The importance of good mental health ripples into everything we do, think or say.
Reasons to care for mental health Maintaining a positive mental health and treating any mental health condition is crucial to stabilizing constructive behaviour, emotions and thoughts. Focusing on mental health care can increase productivity, enhance our self-image and improve relationships.
Nurturing mental health doesn’t just improve our daily functioning, but it can also help us to control — or at least combat — some of the physical health problems directly linked to mental health conditions. For example, heart disease and stress are related, so managing stress might have a positive outcome on heart disease.
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Improving our mood
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Our mental health is something that impacts our eating and sleeping habits and has a lot to do with our physical health as well. It is important to address our mental health needs, or oftentimes we will feel the impact of it in other areas of our health as well.”
Why Should We Spread Mental Health Awareness?
By making a concerted effort to spread mental health awareness, we can work to de-stigmatize how we think about, approach, and identify mental health issues in our society. Having those tough conversations and admitting there’s a problem means we can come up with a solution. We can start removing the shame and fear that’s often associated with topics surrounding mental health. Doing so can increase the likelihood of someone reaching out when they need help. Asking for help is a sign of strength.
Working together allows us to begin building a foundation that respects and honours the importance of good mental health.
Another benefit of focusing on mental health awareness is that it can make signs and symptoms of certain conditions more well-known. Early intervention is predictive of how successful mental health treatment will be for many conditions. The earlier someone is diagnosed and begins treatment, the more likely it is that they’ll be able to manage them condition and improve their mental health.
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