When you hear the word ‘meditation’, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? It is often associated with prayers, religion, and spirituality - but that’s barely the tip of the iceberg. In its entirety, meditation is simply a way of living. It is a daily practice that holds the power to completely transform your life.
Despite everything you’ve seen in the movies and on TV, there are no set rules for meditation. It is - and can be - anything you see fit. Meditation is a very personal practice that’s developed from the inside out.
You can sit or stand, play music or rest in silence. Do whatever you need to do to calm your mind and turn your attention inward. When you really think about it, meditation is nothing more than being with yourself. It calls for you to become empty; releasing all thought, stress, and distractions.
Meditation invites you to explore what’s known as the “great void”. That is, the space where nothing exists, yet all things live. Silent, mystical, and joyous beyond limits. When you find it, it’ll quickly become the most beautiful place you have ever been.
The discovery takes some effort, though. However, there is no need to rush. In due time, you’ll arrive. Just enjoy the process for now.
Changing Your Lifestyle: Sleeping Well
To help you along on your journey, there are a few things you must do. Consider these necessary lifestyle changes that will help your meditations become more fruitful. The very first step is to place priority on your health.
Think about your habits and your daily routine. Are you sleeping well? When your body’s natural clock, or its circadian rhythm is off-balance, your sleep cycle will falter. Falling asleep in the midnight hours or waking up late in the day, even with 8 hours of rest, may be doing your body an injustice.
It is not just the length of your sleep that you need to take into account. Timing plays a critical role in your health. If there are distractions around that make it harder for you to fall asleep, get rid of them at the end of the day. This means removing all electronic devices which are infamous for emanating the blue wavelengths that can disturb sleep patterns.
Sit comfortably for a while and close your eyes. Turn on some soothing music and light aromatherapy candles, if you have them. Place relaxation at the forefront of your mind, releasing anything that may block your desires.
Many people think meditation takes a lot of hard work, but really the only work is learning to let go. Just breathe in and breathe out, exhaling all stress and negativity when you do. Learn to let go of your thoughts and the need to be active. Let your mind wander, until it finally finds the ‘stillness’ where tranquility lies.
There will be certain thoughts entering your mind during this time, acknowledge them, then let them go. Don’t try to fight them, that only adds to your work. As long as you don’t entertain those thoughts, eventually, they’ll pass. It will take time, of course, but keep practicing.
Meditate at your own pace and for as long as you like. When you are sufficiently relaxed, slowly open your eyes. Not only will this meditation cycle calm your mind, body, and soul, it will also clear your auric energies and balance the chakras.
From your very first session, you’ll start to realize how the quality of your sleep improves overnight. In the morning, you’ll wake up completely refreshed and rejuvenated. Meditation makes every day feel like a holiday break!
Meditation creates harmony in the emotional sphere, but it also presents practical benefits. Adopt a new practice to improve your efficiency manifold, whether at home or at work. Regardless of what your responsibilities include, you can improve your focus with only a few minutes of meditation each day.
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There is no way to escape life’s stressors, but you can manage your response. If you happen to find yourself growing anxious and impatient, just close your eyes for a while and take a couple of slow, deep breaths. As you exhale, visualize all stress exiting your body. With each inhalation, envision yourself drawing in cool, positive energy.
Meditation will make you a very positive and balanced individual who can perform with dexterity. You’ll actually see a completely new side of yourself, after a while. Well, it’ll feel like a new person but, in all actuality, that focused, calm, productive version was inside your being all along.
Positivity In, Stress Out
From now on, this is your new mantra. When you meditate, just be a witness. Detach from the urge to be a “doer” all the time. You are just a witness to everything that’s happening.
Try outside meditation, to help you release. Spend some time witnessing the way the stars are shining, listening to the birds chirping, or the breeze dancing between the trees. Let nature serve as the guide to help you understand that life can, and will, continue to flow without your intervention.
In time, meditation will completely detox your entire system. It will drastically reduce your stress levels and offer a much higher quality of life. With a little practice, you will attain higher states of consciousness that will have an even more profound influence on your aura and personality.
The Best Way to Meditate
As we mentioned earlier, only you can decide what works best for you. It’s important to choose a place that feels natural and unrestricted. The Great Outdoors is the perfect setting, so are quiet rooms around the house. Look for anywhere that’s free from disturbances that makes you feel relaxed and at ease.
Your posture is particularly important: you can either sit in the lotus or lay in the corpse posture. If it feels better, you can sit upright in a chair, whatever works for wherever you are.
Next, you’ll need to set the mood by stimulating your senses. Play music or natural sounds. Use aromatic senses to invoke sensory recognition. ZENSE blends promote instant stimulation, whether indoors or outside. You can use your personal aromatherapy diffuser to place you in the right mood to enjoy a few minutes of meditation on your lunch break, between meetings, or on a quick walk.
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There aren’t enough words to explain all the benefits of meditation. Scientists, psychologists, athletes, students, stay-at-home moms - everyone is becoming more educated on its restorative properties.
Truthfully, no experience can compare. To rise above life’s distractions, reaching a supreme state of consciousness, presents you with a sense of oneness with the eternal forces of the universe.
It is a divine rebirth of sorts; one you can experience every single day. ZENSE is proud to offer satisfying blends like BALANCE to help you along as you discover the wonders of meditation.