Be mindful of your mind!
Technology dominates our day to day lives so much so that it’s common to find the only time when we don’t have a device switched on and/or glued to our face is when we are sleeping.
The constant connectivity and wavelengths greatly impact our psyche. We have seen a rapid rise in diagnosed depression and anxiety and technology is largely to blame. Whether we’re being judged on social media, bombarded with news & paid advertising or feeling the pressure to constantly check in with work emails and correspondence, there is this expectation that we must keep up. Meditation is an easy to master technique where the prime objective is to slow down and switch off. Essentially, the exact opposite of what modern life demands.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. Meditation practices involve developing techniques that encourage concentration, clarity, emotional positivity and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. Like anything, meditation is a skill you need to practice. With regular work and patience these nourishing, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energised states of mind.
How do I start meditating?
While technology is definitely the root cause of our inability to focus, it has also lead to some amazing technological advances to allow the practice of meditation into everyone’s devices.
Starting with just a minute or two a day these apps allow you to relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance to your life. In a guided meditation, a narrator or teacher explains the dynamics of the mind and how it’s likely to behave during meditation. (This is the approach.) The teacher may also explain meditation techniques. (This is the practice.) Finally, the teacher may explain how to take these techniques into everyday life. (This is the integration.)
Why should I meditate?
For many people, meditation has become a tool for managing stress. For some, it helps to promote improved health, including a better quality of sleep. For others, it helps them achieve some underlying sense of peace, and that feeling of contentment, no matter what they’re dealing with in life. When we’re in a healthier place mentally, then we’re bound to interact with others in a more positive way, meaning meditation can benefit our relationships, too.
When we meditate, we’re cultivating an awareness of the present moment. We’re training the mind to better understand how and why we think and feel the way we do, with the aim of fundamentally transforming our experience, and perspective, of everyday life.