For many people I am aware that the word ‘Meditation’ conjures up an image of a bearded man (always a man!) sitting cross-legged on the side of a mountain chanting ‘OM’.
Whilst this is obviously not necessarily wholly incorrect, I get the feeling that it is seen as a negative ‘woowoo’ image and in some ways, odd and irrelevant to many people, especially in this day and age.
Well, I am going to bust some myths here. The amazing practice of Meditation has in my opinion never been so relevant or needed!
What is meditation?
I like to think of it as a time to calm my mind, reboot my thoughts and relax. I view it as an essential part of my daily life and as an investment in my health and wellbeing. The most valuable 10 minutes spent of each day.
BUT more importantly, Meditation is and should be absolutely whatever you want it to be and what it means to you. It is different for everyone and highly personal; there is no one definition and no defined right or wrong way of practicing it.
- It’s free
- It’s easy (if you can breathe you can meditate!)
- It’s accessible to everyone
- It’s available to everyone
- It’s ‘do-able’ anywhere at anytime
- It’s as short or as long a practice as you want to make it
- It is relaxing
- It combats stress, depression and anxiety
- It helps you sleep
- It boosts health and wellbeing even if your regular practice is very short
You do not need:
- To be spiritual in any way (but you can be if you want to be)
- Religious (but you can be if you want to be)
- Special equipment (unless you want mats, cushions etc)
- To be fit or flexible
- To be able to sit cross legged on the floor or mountain
- To chant (unless you want to) (Actually its really fun!)
- To follow any rules
- Any prior experience to start
- A beard
- Open toed sandals
So, as you can see there are no down sides to Meditating! What’s not to love?