Meditation 101: How It Works, Tips & Beginners How To

Group of young people meditating

How Meditation Works

Meditation prepares the mind that no other method can do. It can re-organise your brain for the better. The people who regularly meditate notice the change on their outlook in the world.

There has been heaps of research on how meditation can change people’s brain for the better.

Some Harvard neuroscientists did an intensive look into what meditation does to the brain.

The MRI scans that the neuroscientists used served as a map for the brain activity whilst the people meditated. They instantly discovered that the brain appeared to be processing a great deal less information than normal.

The brain and meditation

During meditation, the frontal lobe (which is responsible for emotions, planning, self-conscious awareness and reasoning) tends to go offline; the parietal lobe (which is processes information about our surroundings) slows down completely; and the reticular (which puts the brain on alert) deadens the arousal signal which means that there is feeling of tranquility.

Meditation Tips

For beginners, it always best to listen to deep guided meditation with sound-cancelling earphones or headphones. All it takes is at least 5 minutes a day. It can be up to 20 minutes, it all up to you for how much time you would like to put into meditation.

When meditating it is best to visualise a serene place, such as a quiet pristine beach with white sand and crystal clear water. This is best done with a picture that you may have cut out of a magazine or printed off from the internet.

Beginners How to Meditation

  1. Find a quiet place where you will not get any distractions, such as your phone ringing.
  2. Sit comfortably on a chair with your back straight, relax your shoulders and close your eyes. Closing your eyes should help you to relax in your meditation session.
  3. It is best to have something that your mind can concentrate on, such as a mantra or your breathing. If you decide to focus on your breathing, notice your breath simply flowing in and out in its natural rhythm.
  4. When you start thinking of things, just gently and calmly bring your mind back to the mantra or your breathing that you were concentrating on. Meditation is about quieting your mind, not having an empty mind. After meditating for a while, you will notice your mind becoming quieter.
  5. When closing your meditation session, just sit for a little while and let the relaxation you created breathe for a bit before continuing on with your day.
  6. Repeat daily to notice the benefits. When you have meditated regularly you will notice the benefits.

Have you tried meditating? If so, I would love to know about your experience. Please use the comment section below to tell me.

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Camille

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  1. Reply

    Meditation actually helps a lot. I just close my eyes and pay attention to breathing and it helps 🙂

      • Camille
      • January 19, 2020
      Reply

      Thank you for your comment. I am glad that you find that meditation helps you.

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