How does meditation work?

The purpose of meditation is very different for everyone. One is looking for relief, the other just wants to relax for five minutes. But how does meditation actually work? And how do you start with an easy meditation?

According to Buddhism, the ultimate goal of meditation is enlightenment. In neuropsychology, meditation is mainly the way to more synaptic connections or even a larger brain, according to research from Harvard.

While mindfulness is about awareness and paying attention to the moment, without judgment, meditation is more about stillness, both physically and mentally.

“Meditation is about silence, both physically and mentally”

Meditating sounded like an impossible task to me in the beginning. But now I know that anyone can learn to meditate. It starts with learning to control your breathing.

5 minutes meditation

If you're new to meditating, it's good to start small. Immediately surrendering yourself to a mindfulness meditation for 60 minutes can be a bit too much to ask. Just start at five minutes and if that goes well, gradually increase it.

Grab your byAlex yoga meditation mat or meditation pouf, and make sure that no one can disturb you and sit in a position that you find comfortable. Sit up straight, make sure your feet are in contact with the floor, and clasp your hands together or put them on your knees.

Then focus on your breathing. Do your minds wander? No problem: that is completely normal. Let the thoughts pass and then focus on your breath again. Minute passed? Notice how you feel and be proud. you did it! On to the next minute.

Tip: Also useful for mastering meditation is to use a meditation app, such as Headspace or Calm.

 

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Tips to start meditating

When it comes to beginning a meditation practice, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Some people may find success with guided meditations, while others may prefer to start with simple breathing exercises.

For those looking for a more physical connection, practices like yin yoga or tai chi can also incorporate elements of meditation. Whatever method you choose, the key is to find something that resonates with you and your individual needs. For example, you could try incorporating a short mindfulness exercise on a zabuton into your morning routine, or take a walk in nature while focusing on your breath.

The important thing is to make it a consistent practice and find what works best for you.

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