There’s no question the last few months have been difficult as we adjusted to a new way of living. Social media and news sites were flooded with statistics and numbers of COVID cases. Exposure to such information can be overwhelming which has led to an increase in depression and mental illness. I have done my best to avoid reading the latest speculation and alternative news reports which used to pop up in my social media newsfeed. The one thing that has allowed me to switch off and refocus is dedication to my meditation practice each day.
There is a lot of scientific evidence around to support meditation. Medicine is now realising that regular meditation practice helps to develop clear thoughts and improve our happiness. Buddhist meditation, for example, teaches us to let go of the past and focus on the present moment. Meditation is about learning to be in the here and now and appreciate present life.
Even just ten minutes a day can improve your wellbeing and allow you a sense of inner peace while bringing you the following benefits:
Improved emotional health and well-being
Recognise and Reduce Stressors
Improved concentration and cognitive ability
Builds Empathy and Kindness
A simple meditation
Find a comfortable place and sit comfortably with a straight back. Begin by taking a few long, deep breaths. Breathe in deeply then breathe out slowly. Close you eyes and continue to breathe, letting your breath fall into a natural rhythm. Continue to focus on your breath and how it feels as it flows in and out of your body. Your mind will wander, this is completely normal. Simply acknowledge whatever thoughts have popped into your mind and watch them float away like a cloud. Return your attention to the natural rhythm of your breath.