Are the rumours really true about meditation? Want to hear from people who have actually tested meditation? These questions and answers will enlighten you about what Meditation is really like.
Finding a spiritual practice that can help connect our mind and body sounds so powerful and sacred. But is what we?ve been told, really what happens?
Meditation is portrayed as being such a powerful tool to assist with our health and wellbeing. So is this really the case?
After reading this post you?re going to be able to find out from other people?s experience if Meditation really does live up to it?s name.
The 13 Best Meditation questions and answers.
1. Is it only anxious people that use meditation for anxiety?
Whilst meditation can help people with anxiety, meditation can benefit anyone. I personally do not have anxiety but have found myself feeling stressed and overrun with the pressures of running a business.
I do exercise and have found this to be extremely helpful in managing my stress in the past. But I felt I needed something more after working long hours and not feeling as though I had enough balance in my life.
After researching for ways to relieve stress I thought I would experiment with meditation. I had initially thought that meditation wouldn?t be suitable for me as I really can?t sit still long enough. But I was prepared to test it out.
Since I was new to meditation I thought I should start with a guided meditation. There are so many youtube guided meditations to follow. My favourite was by the Honest Guys.
I found I could relax with the tone of the voice of The Honest Guys and I found it easier to bring myself back to the present moment than other guided meditations that I had tried.
Meditation is still something that I work on in terms of staying in the present moment longer. But with practice I am getting better at it. From doing meditation I can now step back from my emotions and stresses. Before it felt like they were consuming me.
I feel I have less tension but this didn?t happen straight away. It took time for me to get myself organised to actually sit down and fully commit to it. I would recommend that anyone starting out with meditation to actually schedule the time in to make sure you can fully commit.
Once you start seeing results I found this was the motivation to keep going. Initially I was lucky to last 5 minutes. Now I schedule in at least 30 minutes which allows me time to complete a 20 minute guided meditation and then slowly get back to doing my work.
So if you do suffer from anxiety I would certainly recommend it but meditation I think would help most people to live a calmer life.
2. Is it only spiritual people that use meditation? Is it only for healing?
Meditation doesn?t belong to any particular religion although some faiths do use it as part of their teachings. You don?t need to change who you are to enjoy the benefits of meditation.
I do not consider myself to be religious person as such but I have been enjoying the benefits of meditation for the last few years. I was introduced to meditation by a dear friend of mine that had been practicing meditation for many many years.
I had been through a divorce and eventually it felt like my body just succumbed to all the stress, unhappiness and trauma. I didn?t feel like myself anymore and just couldn?t focus or concentrate on anything. I just felt numb.
My friend told me that meditation would help with the healing and processing my emotions. At the time I felt like nothing would be able to drag me out of the hole I was in. But I trusted my friend and knew she had my best interests at heart.
The first meditation we did at her place on the most beautiful floral mats. My friend start talking us through the meditation but I just couldn?t stop thinking and definitely did not feel I could get myself into the present moment. I became annoyed with myself as I felt it was another thing that I couldn?t do right.
But my friend reassured me that each time we engaged in meditation it would become easier. I would say it wasn?t until about the 5th attempt that I started to feel as though I was actually doing something positive for me. I can?t explain the feeling other than it felt good.
By about the 8th Meditation I was starting to look forward to our sessions. I was learning to relax and I found the breathing technique released my tension. Instead of being so focused on the divorce I was now focused on healing myself.
Whilst meditation assisted me in healing from my divorce it is still something that I choose to practice most days. From my own experience I wouldn?t say that you must feel as though you need to be healed to gain benefits from meditation.
From my perspective it helped me learn to let go of the stress and manage my emotions. I feel I?ve become a more resilient person who now has the confidence to believe in myself again.
3. Is Morning Meditation more beneficial than later in the day?
I believe that a meditation practice is beneficial at a time that suits the individual. For me personally I prefer meditation after a busy day at work. But my partner prefers to engage in meditation in the morning.
As I understand, the belief is if you do meditation in the morning then it can set you up for the day to cope with stress, to be more productive and to keep your mood stable throughout the day.
Of a morning I prefer to exercise before work rather than to do meditation but that?s just what suits me. I find by doing the meditation at the end of the day that I can sleep better at night and I enjoy my evenings with less stress and tension.
I have tried walking meditation where you focus on your footsteps but I found it to be not as enjoyable as my evening routine of meditation. I prefer to listen to a podcast instead on my morning walk.
I have tried on weekends to do a mid morning meditation but I personally didn?t find that I reaped the same benefits as doing my meditation in the evenings.
I think the time you choose to do meditation is certainly dependant on the individual and their daily activities. It may also depend on if they are using meditation to try and stop the stress from happening or if they are trying to de-stress in the evening.
Finding what brings you positive results from meditation is the key.
4. Is there such a thing as Meditation music?
I wouldn?t say it is necessarily called meditation music. I tend to think of it as relaxation music. Some people believe that to meditate successfully that you don?t need music at all.
I do have my own favourite soothing music that I use for meditation on YouTube. There are so many choices and it really does depend on your taste in music. I have friends who prefer listening to religious songs as they find this to be a more powerful tool in meditation.
Some people like chanting, nature sounds, Christian music or instrumental music. There are many different types of music to choose from but I wouldn?t necessarily say they are meditation music.
I would suggest that if you do like meditating with music to find songs that put you at ease. Songs that when you play them help you to feel relaxed as it will help the meditation process and melt the stress away.
5. Do people only use meditation for sleep?
I personally do use meditation to help accomplish a relaxed state ready for sleep. I look forward to this practice at the end of the day and it?s a time when I feel the least stressed and the happiest as I feel my mind connecting with my body.
I feel meditation at bed time nourishes my body and soul and I feel confident with my body and what it can do to restore itself. Meditation for sleep certainly works best for me.
Having said that mediation does not have to be used just to help you sleep. It can be used to relax you, to feel more balanced, to heighten your sense of awareness. I find it easier to become more focused on the present in the evening rather than in the morning when I know I have a busy day ahead.
I do find my quality of sleep is better when I do my meditation at bed time. Plus I find mediation for sleep helps to ease any aches and pains that I have built up through the day. Especially if I?ve been sitting at my desk and haven?t moved around a great deal.
I initially chose to start my meditation practice for sleep as I had been suffering from insomnia. After having a baby I never really got back into being able to sleep well. My daughter is now 4 years old and I have been doing meditation for the last 8 months.
I have really noticed how my health and wellbeing has improved. I tend to eat better now, feel more energetic and take better care of myself simply because I?m sleeping better.
Whilst meditation isn?t just for sleep I do recommend trying it if you do suffer with insomnia or any sleep issue.
6. If you?re feeling overwhelmed, can you use meditation for stress?
Most definitely. My daughter recently moved interstate to study. I felt so overwhelmed and felt like I couldn?t cope with the emotions I was feeling. I was happy, sad, proud and terrified all at once.
After feeling like this for a while I knew I had to do something to cope with the change. A work colleague suggested I try meditation. Initially I laughed the idea off as it was the last thing I thought that could help me.
Eventually my work colleague took me by the hand and showed me step by step how meditation works for her. It was nothing like i envisaged and once I did try it I was pleasantly surprised.
The first meditation she taught me was mindfulness mediation. Just focusing on the breathing technique shifted my mindset and by the end I thought there could be something to this.
I did find it difficult to find the time initially and it was my work colleague that had to give me a push to keep me going. I knew it was helping me but I think I just didn?t want to believe that the practice could actually change my thoughts and feelings.
Fast forward to today and most days I still practice meditation. I know when I need it as the anxiety and stress start creeping back in and I feel my heart race.
My daughter is going really well with her study and I fly over and visit her when I can and I even showed her how I meditate. So my answer to this question is yes meditation can help with your stress.
7. What is guided meditation?
Guided meditation is when a teacher, video or audio file is speaking and guiding you through a meditation. This is the type of meditation that I started with and still do use to this day.
I started trying meditation when I was at university. I was studying hard and not eating or sleeping well. I got to the stage where my grades were dropping, and I felt like I was close to burning out. I never felt relaxed or calm but always in a heightened state of anxiousness.
I didn?t tell any of my friends what I was doing. I simply found a guided meditation on YouTube and went to the gardens to sit quietly. This routine became powerful in helping myself. I went from knowing very little about meditation to being able to not only calm myself but to keep my stress under control.
It was a combination of desperation and curiosity that had me looking for solutions to conquer how I was feeling and I think coming across the guided meditation really helped me as beginner to understand the concept.
If you are new to meditation I would recommend starting with guided meditations. There are so many to chose from with many different outcomes. For example if you?re looking for deep relaxation, help to sleep, to calm your mind, letting go of stress and anxiety or looking for inner peace there is a guided meditation for you.
I found just trying different channels on YouTube helped me in finding what worked. It really is trial and error.
The best of luck reaching your goals through meditation.
8. Is there such a thing as meditation breathing?
I?m not sure that the name is actually meditation breathing but I do focus on my breathing when meditating. This is how I get myself into the present moment and into the right zone to meditate.
I can feel myself start to relax and my heart rate slows. I like to close my eyes and really try to block out the world and just focus on myself in that moment.
Sometimes I will do a deep breathing exercise ? especially if I?m feeling really stressed or anxious. I?ll breathe in through my nose for about 4 seconds, hold my breath for 4 seconds and exhale for 6 seconds. I?m not sure you would call this meditation breathing. It?s just what works for me.
I think there are breathing exercises that certainly do help with relaxation and combating stress. For example just taking a deep breath when I notice I?m feeling anxious can really help. I know of someone who swears by belly breathing to reduce stress.
I was introduced to alternative nostril breathing. You close one nostril whilst breathing in and out then alternate to the other nostril. Apparently it helps to balance both sides of the brain. I know some people who love it but it didn?t work as well for me.
I think focusing on your breathing whilst doing meditation can get you to a more relaxed state. Especially if you?re already feeling overwhelmed and are struggling to find that inner calm.
9. What is a meditation script?
A meditation script can be just a few lines and be more of a mantra or it can be more like a story. The aim of a script is to keep you focused on your meditation. It can be something that you read out or you may like to record it and play it back in future sessions.
A script can be something that you create yourself or something that you have found on the internet. I tend to do both. If something in particular is concerning me then I?ll write my own script out. If I?m looking for a general relaxation meditation then I?ll use one I?ve found on the internet.
A while ago I was struggling with my confidence at work and it was really affecting my ability to complete tasks. So I created my own mantra of ?I am capable. I am worthy. I am confident.? Hearing my own voice say this over and over through my meditation really helped me to believe and take on board this mantra.
I do like to pre-record my meditation script and then play them back whilst meditating.
10. What is meditation to you?
To me meditation is using a technique to bring my focus back to the present moment. It?s something that helps me clear the fog out of my mind and slows down racing thoughts.
It helps me to process emotions and assists me to relax. Meditation is something that can balance and calm you and at the same time educate you. I find I feel more educated about myself when my mind and body work together.
I think meditation helps me with my overall wellness and helps my relationships as I seem to be able to connect with people more positively and be more fully engaged.
Meditation has helped me to become emotionally stronger and I can concentrate better. To me meditation has become part of my daily routine and I think it?s something that I?ll practice for life.
11. Is there meditation for kids?
Yes! Whilst it may be done slightly differently to adults it?s still about learning to become mindful and in the present. I started with my 4 year old by intertwining it in our activities and routines. When we would go out for a walk I would talk about what we could see, smell, touch and hear.
We would stop and listen to the birds chirping or the trees rustling. We?d pick flowers or gumnuts and smell them. My son loved feeling the bark on the massive tree trunks. We would stop and just submerge ourselves into the moment.
If my son became upset I encouraged him to try deep breathing. He soon found this to be an effective tool and was able to calm himself down. He liked teaching his friends this too!
At bedtime I?d put on nature sounds or relaxing music to help my son sleep. I found that this reduced the amount of times he would wake through the night and I think his sleep was better quality.
As my son became older he tried guided meditations to help him sleep. I think he viewed guided meditations as being like bedtime stories. He would totally succumb to the guided meditation and wash away the thoughts of the day.
I have found from my own experience that mediation for kids can be extremely helpful in creating a calmer and more relaxed child.
12. What is transcendental meditation?
Transcendental meditation is a meditation based on mantra. The aim of transcendental meditation is to create calm. The mantra is either a word or short phrase and is usually taught by a practitioner. Although there are apps available too.
The practitioner will give you the mantra that should be repeated. The recommended time is 15-20 minutes twice a day but when I first started I was lucky to last 5 minutes. So I found I had to work up to the recommended time.
I started transcendental meditation with a practitioner, and I would recommend that as being the best option. I have tried using apps but unless you really know what you?re doing I don?t think using an app gives you the most out of the exercise.
I can now practice transcendental meditation on my own but only because I was taught correctly from the beginning. I think that transcendental meditation became popular as many celebrities became hooked on it and spread the word.
I have found it beneficial not just spiritually or emotionally but physically too. Pain that I had been experiencing has reduced significantly. As well as reducing my overall stress and anxiety.
I would suggest that if you do want to give it a go to seek out a practitioner or join a class who can teach you the method.
13. What is the best meditation app?
My personal favourite is Balance: Meditation & sleep. I have tried others such as Calm and Serenity: Guided Meditation but I find myself coming back to Balance. I find the voices quite calming and easy to listen to.
I don?t always meditate for the same time each day so I do like being able to access different duration meditations. I also love the fact that there are different topics such as sick, grief or relax. It feels like you can personalise the meditation more.
I suffer from anxiety and when I feel an anxiety attack coming on I love knowing I am able to rely on the meditation app. Dealing with anxiety can be awfully stressful and exhausting so I really do depend on the meditation app.
I think the Balance: Meditation and Sleep app can really benefit anyone who feels stressed but particularly if you?ve been struggling with anxiety or other mental health issues. I find it can really change your mood and if you?re struggling with your sleep the mediation app can really help that too.
This post was about uncovering the truths about meditation from people who had first hand knowledge. I hope this post has enlightened you and has answered some of the questions that you may have been deliberating over.
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