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The Importance of Meditation in Women and How it Can Improve Your Life

“Meditation adds time to your day and energy to your body”, says Sri Sri. Keeping aside a few minutes to meditate daily can actually bring you a few extra hours to do all the other things for which you never found time. It works. You might be surprised to see how you are better able to take care of your family needs while also being more innovative in using your time to pursue other interests. When we meditate, creativity wells up from within. You start gaining interest in doing things that are creative.


“Meditation is being in tune with our inner energy source.”

Does this routine sound more or less familiar? It might to many of us for whom each new day is quite like the one that just went by. The daily chores may not change. But what can is our state of mind. The same humdrum can still leave us fresh and enthusiastic if the mind is happy and relaxed. We could still have the energy to do something new and creative with our lives. The secret lies in spending just a few minutes daily to ‘meet and renew ourselves’. So, what is the challenge? We feel too tied up in our chores that we either don’t find time or lack interest or confidence to go out and live our dreams.

“Meditation adds time to your day and energy to your body”, says Sri Sri. Keeping aside a few minutes to meditate daily can actually bring you a few extra hours to do all the other things for which you never found time. It works. You might be surprised to see how you are better able to take care of your family needs while also being more innovative in using your time to pursue other interests. When we meditate, creativity wells up from within. You start gaining interest in doing things that are creative.

As women, another in-born tendency in us is to communicate and make friends. Between friends, there is some fun, some gossip, some misunderstandings, some friendships last, some don’t. How do you add value to these relationships? How do you make your presence so pleasant and uplifting that people enjoy and look forward to spending a few minutes with you?

Only a happy person can spread happiness and can be of help to others. This is where meditation helps. When our mind is clear and stress-free, we are our natural selves full of joy, enthusiasm and peace. Our personality reflects more confidence and people look up to us for help and support, and most certainly for good company! Seetha Prakash, a housewife says, “I started meditating a year back when my sister told me about it. Sahaj Samadhi Meditationgave me my own mantra to meditate and now with daily practice, I have started noting changes which have gradually come about. My mind is much more peaceful than before and I don’t get angry with my children anymore. I even have lesser fights with my husband now,” she shares with a laugh.

Yes, this is possible. When you meditate, its benefits are not just for you to enjoy but others around you also feel the difference. Who wouldn’t like it if someone said, “It’s nice to see you always smiling and so dynamic!”

Different forms of meditation have been used for thousands of years. Today, people meditate for reasons such as to relax and/or improve concentration. Others consider meditation to be a spiritual experience. Meditation takes practice, but the hope is that it will eventually improve your health and your ability to focus.

What does meditation mean?

Meditation includes several techniques that come from eastern traditions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Chinese Medicine. Similar to yoga, meditation is considered a form of mind-body medicine. Although most types of meditation started as ancient religious and spiritual traditions, today most people who meditate say they do it for their health and well-being.

What are the benefits of meditation?

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), reasearch studies have shown that meditation may improve symptoms of many medical conditions including high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and insomnia (difficulty sleeping). Research has also linked meditation with a variety of other health benefits.

Many people believe that meditation can:

  • Help to control pain

  • Improve anxiety and depression

  • Help improve attention

  • Help with quitting smoking

  • Enhance self-awareness

  • Decrease stress

  • Promote calmness and relaxation

  • Improve coping skills

  • Increase overall well-being

What are the common types of meditation?

There are actually more than ten different kinds of meditation styles and types. You can read the descriptions of three of the most common types of meditation below.

  • Guided Meditation: This form of meditation is guided by an instructor. You may be asked to focus on relaxing a part of your body such as your toes or the instructor may have you focus on a specific object. Beginners: If you’ve never meditated before, this type of meditation is a great place to start. You are less likely to get distracted during guided meditation. Distractions can be things such as a noise, a flickering light, or a random thought. A guided technique basically involves listening to an instructor (or a recorded message) talk you through the relaxation techniques.

  • Mindfulness meditation: This form of meditation teaches you how to focus your attention on the flow of your breath. Mindfulness meditation can teach you how to focus on how you feel without any reaction or judgment. Consistency is key: The more experience and more practice, the easier meditation becomes. The skills you develop from mindfulness meditation can easily be used in everyday life. Eventually you may feel more emotionally balanced.

  • Transcendental Meditation (TM): This technique teaches you to silently repeat a word, sound, or phrase (a mantra). TM is also called “mantra meditation”. The point of this type of meditation is to clear your mind of distractions. This form of meditation is very similar to guided meditation except that it focuses on just one word, sound, or phrase. Repeat, refocus, repeat: Practicing TM teaches you to remove anything that pulls you away from your goals. If you are distracted you may find yourself struggling to pay attention or trying not to day dream. Either way, the goal of TM is to feel more relaxed and more aware.

What do I need to know before I try to meditate?

  1. Find a quiet and peaceful place. This will help to decrease noises and other distractions in your environment.

  2. Get into a comfortable posture. Different types of meditation use different postures, such as sitting upright in comfortable chair with your feet on the floor, sitting on the floor, lying down, standing, or even walking.

  3. Think of focal point of attention. Depending on the type of meditation, it may be a single word, the flow of your breath, or the present moment.

  4. Be open to the entire experience. Try to let go of any expectations you may have before you begin to meditate. If you become distracted – it’s okay, just try to re-focus! This is normal and part of learning how to meditate. With practice, it will get easier.

How do I start to meditate?

Most beginners find it easier to learn how to meditate with some instruction. All types of meditation can be practiced in a class with an instructor or on your own. If you are interested in trying out a class, check your local community center or neighborhood yoga studio. If classes are not for you, don’t worry, there are countless recorded audio and/or video instructions available online or even as apps. Just remember, it’s normal to get distracted or feel so relaxed that you fall asleep.

Similar to yoga, meditation is a practice that takes time to learn. You will find out what meditation techniques work best for you, and there’s always the chance to try different styles.Although meditation is safe and in many cases helpful, it should not replace traditional medical care. It’s important to tell your health care providers about any complementary or alternative treatments you use to help manage pain, stress, etc. including herbal medicines and dietary supplements, meditation, biofeedback


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