The power of meditation for health, energy & happiness

Jun 04 2014

I’m often asked: what are the top three things you can do to achieve great health and energy. Due to the intense way in which we live our lives these days, daily meditation is always in my top three! Read on to see just how simple and easy meditation can be. Research shows the benefits of meditation include: increased energy, improved happiness and better sleep. Meditating is also excellent for problem solving and creative thinking; it aids clear thinking, lowers blood pressure, boosts the immune system and reduces negative emotions such as excess pressure, anxiety, fear and anger. All of these benefits lead to better health, energy and happiness. In this blog I cover some of the myths and misconceptions about meditation and some simple tips on how to start. Mind Body & Soul 1. YOU HAVE TO GO TO A MEDITATION CLASS TO MEDITATE. You don’t; all you need is 5-10 minutes to yourself ideally in a quiet place. 2. YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO CLEAR YOUR MIND Think you have to be able to clear your mind of all thoughts and meditate like a Buddhist monk to get the benefits from meditation? The key thing with meditation is whatever experience you have when you meditate, you will be getting some benefit. 3. MEDITATE FOR 20 MINUTES OR LONGER TO GET THE BENEFITS. Yes, 20 minutes at the start and the end of your day is great but you can still get great benefits from just 5 minutes a day;. 4. MEDITATION HAS TO BE DONE IN SILENCE. It doesn’t, there are many different types of meditation: some are in silence and some will have music. 5. MEDITATION IS REALLY HARD. It’s not; the beauty of meditation is that it is really simple. People often assume it’s difficult and complex. The truth is that we can all sit with our eyes closed for 5 minutes a day and just focus on our breathing. Mind Body & Soul 1.GO ON A MEDITATION COURSE Go on a meditation course to learn a simple technique, for example TM meditation, which is recognised as one of the simplest and most effective meditation techniques, can be learnt on a simple weekend course. 2. MEDITATE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING AFTER WAKING UP This will help you to build meditation into your routine as a consistent practice. 3. MEDITATE IN A QUIET ROOM Meditate in a quiet room where you know you won’t be disturbed, this will help you to relax more. 4. MAKE SURE YOU ARE SITTING IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION Make sure you are sitting in an upright position when you meditate; this could be in a chair, on the carpet or yoga mat. Whatever you choose make sure you feel comfortable. 5. NEVER JUDGE THE EXPERIENCE OF YOUR MEDITATION. Each time you meditate you will get a different experience. This is natural and the experience you get is the experience you need on that day. Mind Body & Soul 1. Sit cross-legged or in a chair with your eyes closed. 2. Slowly breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, relax as you exhale. 3. Keep your focus and attention on your breath, when a thought arises, observe the thought, and then let it float away like a cloud in the sky. Keep your attention focused on your breath. Note: Start with 5-10 minutes and over time aim to build up to 20 minutes. FINAL THOUGHT: When I’m asked, what are the top three things I do for my energy; my daily TM meditation is always in my top three. The benefits for health, energy & happiness are huge!