People come to meditation for different reasons. Some are interested because of meditation’s calming effects; some are looking to gain understanding about how the mind functions; and some have heard that meditation can improve brainpower. So what does meditation do to the brain? The brain is a phenomenally complex organ, but certain aspects of how the brain goes about its business are pretty straightforward and can give insight into how meditation changes the brain. We know that meditation does affect the brain by effectively rewiring it so that old, unhelpful patterns can actually be replaced by new, a helpful one.
HOW CAN A BEGINNER MEDITATE
As a beginner, you might think of yourself as a “meditate in training.”…
Even if your “beginner’s mind has many possibilities,” that doesn’t mean you should use your practice time for daydreaming or mentally fine-tuning your shopping list. You’re training. What in? In presence, acceptance of change, and discovery of the here and now. By maintaining a beginner’s freshness and spontaneity even after you’ve learned the ropes, the training can go deeper and deeper into awareness and understanding. That’s the beauty of how beginners meditate: there’s always something worth discovering.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF MEDITATION?
When you start to realize how many types are out there, you may well wonder what the best form of meditation is.
The answer is both simple and complex: of all the many types of meditation, the best meditation is what’s best for you.
What do they all have in common?
First, a willingness to try and remain centered in the present moment and observe what’s going on in the mind without giving in to distraction
Second, an interest in exploring that experience of being centered.
HOW TO TRAIN THE STRESSFUL SITUATION WITH MEDITATION
Stress is part of life and we all suffer from it…
If you would like to train your mind in equanimity when faced with a stressful experience, as you practice your meditation breathing techniques, recall a recent event that was stressful for you. Select a moderately stressful experience. Bring your awareness to what happened, and to your thoughts and feelings about the experience. Let your heart open as you breathe in and out. Without any judgment, turn towards the difficulty with compassion and acceptance.
Just be there with it,
By training in this way, you’ll learn to stay with any experience without rejecting it or feeding it. You’ll learn that you can simply tell yourself: this is a moment of stress. Meditation can be used to welcome that unpleasant experience with great acceptance. You’ll find that you can let it go, place your attention back on your natural way of breathing and relax.
There are a million forms of meditation in the world, but if you went around the world taking photographs of people meditating many of them would look quite similar. Why?
Because there are some basic elements of the meditation posture that are employed across the globe in order to calm the mind and align the body.
There are four acceptable postures for meditation:
Among these four postures, it’s most common to sit while meditation.
WHY MEDITATION REQUIRED FOR STUDENT?
Many students are searching for healthy practices that relieve stress, calm frazzled nerves and help them relax.
It seems like from grade school to college, today’s students can barely find time to take a breath of fresh air and smell the roses. College students, in particular, find themselves completely engrossed in campus life, from classes and exams to the requisite parties, and they may feel like they have no time for themselves. The intense rhythm of college activities can be relentless; as a result, many students suffer from stress, anxiety and sleep deprivation. This can have a negative impact on their health, grades, relationships.
Top 5 benefits of student meditation
-Emotional well being
It is conclusive evidence that mindfulness meditation promotes quality sleep and is an effective treatment for insomnia. For students, it’s often difficult to find time to sleep. When they do finally turn in, their minds are so busy that they find themselves ruminating about the next paper or exam instead of falling asleep. Once again mindfulness comes to the rescue! Just a few minutes of regular practice can help train body and mind to disconnect from the busy-sens and pressures of college life. Research has shown that regular meditation can be a more effective remedy to sleeplessness than medication.
Meditation is good for you
Scientists say so, psychologists and doctors say so, your neighbor says so and media agrees. Very well, but why is meditation good for you? How does it help? First of all, there are many kinds of meditation and they may potentially have different benefits. Many people focus on the physical benefits-improved sleep patterns, a better immune system, more ability to focus, less stress, higher pain tolerance, for example—while others may be more interested in psychological benefits, such as increased empathy, patience, focus, and so on. Another benefit that inspires people to meditate can be spiritual: the space to go deeper into their faith, a greater sense of connection and an opportunity to explore the non-material are just a few facets of the spiritual dimension.