In today’s fast-paced and often disorderly world, finding moments of calm and stillness can be challenging. Adopting the practice of mindfulness and meditation can help you to pause, slow down and disconnect. Mindfulness is the practice of staying present, being in the moment, drowning out the noise and listening to your inner-self, without judgment. Meditation, on the other hand, is a specific technique used to cultivate mindfulness and promote a sense of inner peace.
With the advent of technology, finding moments to log off and cut-off the noise has become increasingly difficult. Since we struggle to log off from our technological devices, Yogis have found ways to encourage the use of these devices in the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and to spread the many benefits of this practice in our daily routines. These benefits include; stress and anxiety reduction, improvement of mental and emotional well-being, improve sleep quality increase focus and concentration, and foster improved communication. Although unverified, some yogis have claimed that the practice of mindfulness and meditation can positively impact the immune system and lower blood pressure.
Since meditation and mindfulness forces you to relax your mind and body, this can give a sense of calm and tranquillity, allowing you to feel less anxious and stressed about the challenges of everyday life. By staying in the present, you can let go of worries about the past or future. In addition to this benefit, regular practice has been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and increase overall happiness. By cultivating a non-judgmental awareness of your thoughts and feelings, you can develop a greater sense of self-compassion and acceptance.
As mentioned earlier, there have been claims that mindfulness and meditation also have physical benefits. It has been said to reduce blood pressure, and enhance the immune system. By taking time to slow down and tune into your body, you can become attuned to its needs and better manage any physical ailments or discomfort. While the physical benefits stand to be disputed by many, the benefit of focus and concentration can be proven by many who practice the art. By training your mind to stay present, you can improve your ability to maintain focus and engage in tasks leading to improved productivity and efficiency.
The practice of mindfulness and meditation can have a positive impact on human relationships. When you practice being fully present with others, it makes them feel seen and fosters communication and empathy. By building a deep connection and awareness of your own thoughts and emotions, you learn to respond to others with more kindness and understanding. Mindfulness deepens your spiritual connection and provides a sense of meaning and purpose in life. The process of drowning the noise in our minds and turning inward helps you to build a sense of self and connect with something larger than yourself.
Incorporating this art into your daily routine requires as little as 10 minutes of your day; and can be done with the help of devices. The use of meditation apps has become more common and welcome among people who practice the art. So, turn on your phone, download a meditation app, find a quiet and comfortable space, close your eyes, focus on your breath and simply listen to your inner self.