Meditation is a practice in which a person uses a technique such as focusing attention on the breath, sensations or visualization, in order to achieve mental clarity and relaxation. Although its roots are in ancient culture and religion dating back to as early as 5000 BCE, meditation is now being studied more and more in western science. It seems the more we study the meditation and its effects on the human brain and body, the more it is recommended by health professionals for a number of reasons. Here’s a few reasons why:
1. Help you sleep better
Through meditation, we have the ability to alter our state of consciousness, moving from beta brain waves in a very awake alert state, into alpha, delta, or even theta brainwaves, which are associated with deep states of relaxation and sleep. By having an evening meditation practice, we can establish a routine of moving into a state of relaxation before bed, and also achieve a far better sleep.
2. Change your mindset
Meditation isn’t just a tool for relaxing the body in order to get to sleep, it also can change the way you think. Meditation is used as a spiritual practice for people to feel more connected to themselves, the universe and others, and to practice gratitude. Often when we slow things down and take time to check in with ourselves we can cultivate more compassion and love for ourselves and others, and even feel more positive and at peace with the world around us.
3. Heal your body
When a person meditates and reaches a state of relaxation and awareness, they are not only able to connect more deeply with the sensations in their body, pinpointing areas of pain or tension or in order to address them, but they are also able to switch on the parasympathetic nervous system which signals our body that it is safe to repair, digest and lower blood pressure.
Meditation is available at our Mulgrave & Upwey studios. Book your class today