Meditation should be a life skill that everyone is introduced to from an early age .It is the one tool, we all have in us, that can help us to heal from the inside.
With the vast majority of us having approx 50,000 thoughts a day does it surprise you that the majority of them are negative. These thoughts can be stimulated by so many things but more and more through the digital world we now live in .Now more than ever, it is time for everyone to start thinking about our Mental Health as we do physical health.
All the affects of a negative thought pattern can not only make us feel awful , anxiety decreases the size of your hippocampus. Stress,fear and anxiety trigger stress hormones that cause chaos with the chemicals the brain cells use to communicate with each other.
Meditation practise also has an impact on the structure of our brain.However this impact is healthy & positive.Mediation helps us to break the negative thought pattern that anxiety is built from . Regular practise is so important as it doesn't only relieve the symptoms it can actually reverse the damage caused by anxiety.
What you feed your mind has impact on you as much as what you are feeding your
body ......so feed it wisely.
Meditation trains you to create a new thought pattern , allows you to recognise thoughts as just that -thoughts- then let them come and go.
What can meditation do for you ?
Awareness, help with stress, reduce anxiety,reduce depression, improve productivity,improve focus and attention, improve memory, improve creativity,decrease pain,increase immune function, increase positivity, stop with self talk, help you to focus on the present and bring clarity.
WATCHING THE GAP
Step 1 - watch the breath .
Close your eyes and begin to notice your breath. Notice your in breath, from where it enters your nose, right down to your lungs.
Step 2. Watch the gap .
At the end of inhaling notice there is a gap, before you exhale. This gap is key start to notice and watch this gap.
3. Notice your out breath.
Notice and observe the out breath.
Step 4 . Watch the gap that follows.
At the end of the out breath there is another gap notice this gap .
Continue to repeat this three or four times - observe the cycle of your own breath and be aware of its natural rhythm.
Step 5. Counting in breaths .
Now start counting your in breaths only up to 10. Once you have reached ten count back down to one. Then repeat .
Two things you need to keep in mind .
Observing the gaps at the top and bottom of each inhale and exhale . The experience of the gap and the connecting with it is your inner most core - your being .
Continue to count. This keeps your awareness and will keep you focused on the inhale count only.
Start with 5 minutes a day with aim to increase to 20minutes .