Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Mediation?
There are many definitions of meditation and many views on how to do it. The simplest definition of meditation is the act of focusing the mind.
Meditation is commonly used to train the mind or induce a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as a way to quiet the mind altogether.
The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or lifeforce, heal illness, promote well-being and develop positive character traits such as compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness.
A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration single-pointed analysis, meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.
Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way.
Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health issues, such as high bloodpressure, depression, and anxiety.
Meditation uses many different postures, varying from the lotus position to walking. The most common similarity is keeping the spinal column straight.
Prayer beads (mala, rosaries), incense, oils, statues, candles, and other ritual objects are commonly used during meditation in order to keep track of or remind the practitioner about some aspect of the training.
Meditation may involve bringing up negative feelings such as anger, hatred, and jealousy and creating peace, compassion, or other positive emotions to dispel the negative energies.
The word “meditation” can be used to describe both a state of being as well as physical practices.
Some forms of meditation use prayers, mantras, sounds, music, or focus words to help create a desired effect or to retain focus.
Meditation allows introspection, allowing one to address or find their true self.
It is commonly used to put life in to perspective, to allow a sense of oneness with the universe and remove personal barriers.
What Are The Benefits Of Mediation?
- Increased connection with others
- Increased cortical thickness in brain
- Increases grey matter, aiding in memory
- Decreased anxiety, stress and depression, improving mental wellness
- Increased attentiveness
- Boosts immune system
- Decreased pain
- Increased open-mindedness and self- awareness
- Allows emotional balance
- Helps with allergies and asthma
- Aids in recovery from substance abuse, binge eating and other compulsive disorders
- Improvement in health of cancer patients
- Contributes to cardiovascular health
- Increased relaxation
- Can help with insomnia
- Improved ability to see other’s views and empathy
- May reduce hot flashes in menopausal women
- Creates positive effect on the autonomic nervous system. Increasing activity in the parasympathetic nervous system and decreasing activity in the sympathetic nervous system
- Increases productivity
- May decrease aging effects on the gray matter of the brain, reducing cognitive decline
- Reduces cortisol levels
- Helps promote longevity
- Creates discipline
- Helps reduce fear
- And more!
Do I Have To Sit In A Certain Position To Meditate?
Not unless you want to or are intentionally choosing to meditate in a certain posture.
Do try to keep a straight spine during meditation and sit in a position where it will not distract you.
Also steer clear of choosing a position where you will fall asleep.
Can Children Meditate?
Yes! Meditation is not only okay for children, but very beneficial.
Meditation can help a child to become more focused, increase academic performance, aid in healthy emotionally development, allow them a tool for coping with stress, and creating very healthy habit that can last a lifetime.
Do You Offer Further Guidance In Meditation?
Yes! Naturally Ashlie offers meditation courses with gentle reminders, accountability, a wide variety of meditation methods to experience, and education about meditation; along with courses that include meditation while integrating other facets of life you may want to transition towards. You can find them here. (I recommend the Stress-Free Naturally course)