Spiritual health is just as important as physical and emotional health. One way to deepen your spirituality is through meditation. Meditation helps people cope with stress, grow spiritually, and connect with their inner selves. Many think of it only as a religious or spiritual practice. But there are many different ways to meditate, and not all of them involve sitting cross-legged on the floor! Here are some ways to start your meditation practice from today that you can do on your own time.
What is Meditation and How Does it Work?
The key to effective meditation is mindfulness, or paying attention to your inner thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations. This way, you can not only be present in the present moment, but also feel, understand, and accept whatever you are feeling. So in a word, what does it really mean to meditate? In a very simple way, it means to watch your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without getting caught up in them. Our thoughts, feelings, and sensations are impermanent. However, this truth is hard to grasp and accept, so it is very common for our mind to make us stay stuck in a rut where we cannot make sense of our feelings, emotions, and sensations.
The Spiritual Benefits of Meditation
Meditation is often practiced to help reduce stress and improve sleep. It can also help us feel more grounded, more focused, and less frustrated. But there’s another aspect of meditation that most people don’t discuss: the spiritual benefits. Meditation has been used for centuries as a way to cultivate inner peace and self-awareness. People who meditate say their lives are richer with meaning and satisfaction because they’ve learned how to be more present in the moment.
How to Meditate
There are many ways to meditate, but all of them start with you being in a quiet place. Close your eyes, and breathe deeply for a few minutes. Let your mind drift into the space between your thoughts. You can let the thoughts go, or bring up a thought and allow it to pass. Choose one or two things that are important to you: for instance, your family or career or friendships. You can focus on these for 30 minutes and simply notice them. The point is to be present. Don’t worry about the time or the activity that brought the thought up, but simply acknowledge what’s there. Don’t forget to be silent. Silence is one of the most powerful ways to connect with yourself.
C. Daley is the author of self-help books. She also writes mental health articles.