Meditation – yes or no?
To meditate (or become still), is a simple way of “shutting down” the little voice in your head. It is to become still, to connect with your inner self, higher self and Divinity / God / Spirit. There are many people for it and many people against it. Whether you spend your quiet time in nature, in your room, at a spa or in a sacred space, meditation has proven time and time again that it has a tremendous positive impact on a person.
Scientists have proven that, when you are meditating, you go into a state of “semi-sleep.” This not only slows down your heart-rate, but also lowers your stress-levels, as the breathing becomes deeper and slower. Regular meditation can, over time, help you to get by with less sleep (up to an hour a day) and still have more than enough energy for the day ahead.
Meditation is not a religion. However, for those who are sceptic about it, in the Bible it says that one should go within and become still. It is a time, for me, to connect with Divinity / Spirit within, to relax, get rid of stress, and just be.
In a recent Sunday Times-article I read that meditation, yoga and dance, are now being taught in more-and-more schools around the country, to help the young children to cope with the everyday violence that they see (especially in the areas where gang-violence is rife). In the modern world, meditation is also called mindfulness. Both are wonderful ways to not just calm down and become still, but also to get in touch with the inner self and Divinity.
Should you want to read / learn more about meditation, then have a look at www.bitesofwellness.wordpress.com, where the writer goes into more detail about meditation and how to use different tools / methods, to help you to relax.
Not only is it fantastic to help you cope better with what life throws at you, but it will also show in your face and skin. Stress, as we all know, plays havoc on our skin. When you make time to meditate, you not only learn how to breathe better and sleep better, but on a physical level, your skin will glow.
Meditation / mindfulness is a simple, easy-to-learn way of “shutting down” the buzz in our heads. In today’s world, where everything is fast pace, one loses touch with not just oneself sometimes, but also with loved-ones and nature. Even if you just do it for 20 minutes a day (maybe 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes before sleeping), you will sooner, rather than later, start to notice the changes.
By: Ezette Viljoen (Health & Fitness)