Distance

It’s so important to have distance between you and your mind when you meditate.  Distance allows you to see your thoughts but not dwell on them while you meditate.  When you’re watching your thoughts they don’t consume you or take over, they are just there, in the distance, in your mind.  I use a visualizing technique where I see the Grand Canyon in front of me and my thoughts are on the other side of the canyon and separate from me....

Meditation: how could it benefit your health?

Meditation: how could it benefit your health? Written by Honor Whiteman Published: Thu 10 December 2015 at 8am PST For many people, the word “meditation” is likely to evoke images of a cross-legged individual, eyes closed, humming to themselves, but there is so much more to the practice than meets the eye. Meditation, an ancient mind and body practice, is used by around 18 million adults in the US. Meditation is an ancient mind and body practice that is estimated to date back as far as 5,000 BCE. It is believed meditation originated in India, with the earliest documented records of the practice deriving from the teachings of Vedantism – an ancient Hindu philosophy. In general, meditation involves training the mind to induce a state of consciousness that promotes a sense of serenity and increased concentration. While meditation was traditionally practiced to induce a deeper religious and spiritual understanding, it has evolved to become a popular method of relaxation and stress reduction. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) – part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – meditation is practiced by around 18 million adults in the US, or 8% of the population. Types of meditation There are numerous forms of meditation, though most fall into four groups: concentrative, open awareness, mindfulness and guided meditation. Concentrative meditation involves focusing the mind on a single object, such as an image, sound or breathing; Transcendental Meditation is one of the most common forms, in which the practitioner sits comfortably with their eyes closed for 20 minutes twice daily. Open-awareness meditation, also referred to as non-directive...

6 Reasons Why Men Should Meditate

6 Reasons Why Men Should Meditate The practice will improve your work, workouts and appearance. Meditating doesn’t require you to clear your mind of all thoughts. Rather, it gives your mind permission to wander where it may. By Jake PanasevichDec. 9, 2015 | 11:47 a.m. EST+ More Just like your body needs to recover from working out, your mind needs relief from your daily routine. That way, when the time comes to exercise your mind, your thoughts and intellect will be sharp and fresh. Whether it’s work, having a conversation or simply performing daily tasks, meditation will help you bring your A-game. Here’s why: 1. Meditation boosts productivity. The common misconception among men is that when you meditate, you are meant to completely clear your mind of all thoughts. Another one is that you just sit around and think about nothing – and somehow the practice is supposed to make you more calm. How could that help with productivity? The truth is, you can’t just close your eyes and turn off your mind. You are not meant to clear all of your thoughts during meditation. Instead, a meditation practice gives your mind permission to go where it may – to not have an agenda and just have an experience. In our modern, frenetic lifestyle, we love to make mental to-do lists. Meditation gives you permission to let go of the brutally overbearing task of planning everything in your life. So, when it’s time to think critically and get work done, you are operating as efficiently as possible. 2. Meditation helps you reduce stress and tackle challenges. On the battlefield...