It’s a myth that meditation doesn’t fit with busy, modern life.
Many people assume that meditation is all about stopping thoughts, getting rid of emotions, somehow controlling the mind, but actually it’s about stepping back, seeing the thought clearly and witnessing it coming and going, without judgment, but with a relaxed, focused mind. Meditation and mindfulness are ways of tuning in to your body, letting go of the constant chatter from the busy world around you and finding some peace and inner calm.
This can be especially effective when it comes to managing the many demands and pressures, physical, mental, emotional, or even chemical, that we all experience, to some degree, each day. Recent studies by the US government have concluded that about 90% of disease is caused or complicated by stress. No longer simply perceived as the pastime for anti-materialist hippies, meditation and mindfulness-based practices have become increasingly popular within the western medical and psychological community, due mainly to the observable, positive impact on patients suffering from stress-related health conditions. Meditation is now considered a serious form of treatment by the NHS and is regularly prescribed as an effective tool for managing pain, depression, heart disease and diabetes.
As the benefits of meditation can be scientifically measured, through neuroscience, psychology and neurobiology, there is a growing movement in mainstream science to fund research in this area. A study done by Yale, Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital have shown that meditation increases grey matter in specific regions of the brain and may slow the deterioration of the brain as a part of the natural aging process.
But one of the hardest things people find is to sit still for 10 minutes, even the thought of it feels daunting. However, with so many approaches and techniques available, there is something to suit even the most hectic of schedules, so it is doable - I promise!
Miranda Vinall of Wellbeing Escapes