World Meditation Day 

World Meditation Day 

World Meditation Day 

World Meditation Day is on May 21 every year seeking to create awareness about meditation and its benefits, in our busy world of constant movement.

Meditation itself is a practice that has been traced to ancient times, as far back as 3000 B.C., when it was referenced in ancient Indian texts. It also has roots in third-century China. The practice includes using techniques such as mindfulness or focusing on an object, thought, or activity to achieve an emotionally calm and stable state.

Today, meditation has transcended past stereotypes and entered mainstream culture in the West. Meditation can help you any age, any situation, any time, yes really!

Benefits of Meditation

The benefits of meditation have been explored in various scientific studies over the years, with research revealing that mediation and mindfulness can be effective for easing chronic pain, stress, illness recovery, your mental health and much more.

I advise my patients to mediate to help with health and wellbeing alongside their Acupuncture treatment. 

Bring Meditation into your Life 

There are plenty of ways to do this, whether you could do online meditation or take part in an in-person class or gathering

Some people choose to meditate individually, while others gather together in groups to meditate, experiment and find what works for you. Whatever you choose to do, try to a meditation habit into your daily life.

Many types of meditation

There are many different types of meditative techniques to strengthen and relax the nervous system. You can bring a meditative awareness by simply by focusing on the breath and the present. 

Some different types are: 

  • Mindfulness meditation 
  • Yoga Nidra 
  • Yoga meditation
  • Breath Meditation
  • Guided meditation
  • Vipassana meditation
  • Chakra meditation
  • Metta meditation
  • Transcendental meditation
  • Spiritual meditation
  • Mantra meditation
  • And many more

Meditation classes 

You could do local classes; Pause in Southwell; https://www.pause108.com/  meditating as a group can be powerful and helpful to keep you focused.

Or use an apps Insight timer; https://insighttimer.com/; Commune; https://www.onecommune.com/ and many more. Many have some areas of the app that are free access.

Experiment and Find what suits you, Mediation is really worth doing as it may be life changing for you, my favourite is Yoga Nidra which is transforming a guided prone meditation, though I do also like the quite space of focus on breath. Find what works for you. 

Acupuncture Treatment

Traditional Five Element Acupuncture and Meditation are perfect partners, as Acupuncture can bring you to a good place in Body, Mind and Spirit to be able to meditate.

For information and Treatment contact Hannah on:https://www.southwellacupuncture.co.uk/contact/

Try Meditation

For meditation ensure you are in a comfortable position and focus on your breathing.

Start Small

Make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. If you’re a beginner, you shouldn’t feel the need to meditate for long periods of time. Start out with two to five minutes of meditation so as not to overextend yourself then slowly increase as you get more practiced. 

The right time for You

It may be best to try meditating first thing in the morning.

First thing in the morning your mind is fresh from sleep, it may be easier to focus than at the end of the day when you’re full of the day’s ideas and concerns. Meditation may help you drift off to sleep quicker in the evening or help you have a break at lunch time. It is about finding the time that fits in with YOU.

Be Comfortable

While some think that meditation can only be practised in a crossed-legged position, this can be good but not for everyone. Place importance on being as comfortable as possible. You can sit in a chair or lie down or propped in many ways. 

Eyes closed and Focus on Breath

Once you’re settled in your chosen position, the next step is to close your eyes, if possible or focus on a point -like a candle or flower. Then, concentrating on your breathing pattern, firstly take a big breath in through you nose and out of your mouth then to nasal only breathing as you can. Keeping your breathing slow, calm and relaxed, maybe saying to yourself breath in breath out to focus your mind

If most likely when your mind wonders just bring it back to focus on your breath.

Closing Meditation 

When you decide you’ve finished your meditation session, gradually come round slowly opening your eyes and moving your body and slowly resume your day.

Keep practicing as meditation is a very powerful tool for mental and physical wellbeing, start small and progress. 

Namaste – greetings to you

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