In these days of ever-increasing prices of medicines and rising costs of healthcare, we often wonder about which medical insurance policy to buy from the maddeningly large number of options out there in the market with their glitzy promotional and difficult-to-decipher clauses. Imagine what it would be like to have your very own medical insurance, readily available and easy to follow, without spending a single penny. Imagine how easy life would be if you did not have to go through all the complex clauses of the policies at all, but at the same time reap its benefits of meditation to the fullest. Relax, here is spilling the beans – the replacement or at least the backup plan for mediclaim policies can be found in a mindful session of meditation.
Meditation and health are related in multiple ways – at both the levels of the body and mind. A sound, mindful and healthy meditation can fetch you lot of benefits that really helps to keep both the doctor and the medical bills away. We shall discuss here all the salient aspects of meditation for a healthy life.
For starters, let us talk about what type of meditation is good for health – the types that can offer you an immediate soothing feel as well as sow the seeds of long-term health benefits of meditation.
There are several ways to meditate, and the first question that pops up in this regard is – what posture is the proper one? The simplicity of the answer to this all-important question might surprise you – it is the posture, which you feel the most comfortable one.
- Get yourself seated or laid on the floor (but on top of a yoga mat or a simple and clean cloth mat) or anywhere else that makes you feel relaxed and comfy (you might even want to invest in a ‘meditation chair’).
- To follow the next few steps to an effective meditation, just close your eyes and breathe naturally. Try focusing on the act of breathing – follow how the body repeats the process of inhalation followed by exhalation. This will automatically brush away all distractions from invading your mind palace. Even if distractions keep coming, do not get impatient.
- Try bringing your focus back to your breathing process. It may serve the purpose of truly healthy benefits of meditation, if you can find yourself a place to meditate in that has a generous amount of greenery around it – e.g. a garden, a park or your backyard adorned with lush green plants.
The idea is to inhale as much pure oxygen and clean air as possible. A weekend retreat to a forest may really be a good idea for a meditation session with your friends and near ones.
In fact, the benefits of meditation for better health should be on every health-conscious person’s agenda. This requires being aware of holistic well-being – the kind that requires one to be aware of an all-round development of one’s mind and body connection. This can be taken care of by sound and healthy meditation techniques and habits that prevent many ailments from attacking your system before you even need to think of healing. It is as if meditation stands testimony to the age-old wise words: “prevention is better than cure”.
Another way of meditating is to focus your mind on a sacred symbol – any that inspires good vibes and good thoughts in your mind. Here, it is worth mentioning that a spiritual person may benefit from healthy meditation as much as a person with little or no interest in spirituality. All you need is to have a will to acquire and maintain good health. Whether meditation and its various techniques will benefit your body and mind has absolutely nothing to do with your religious views nor with the fact whether you are a believer or not.
It has been found in medical studies by doctors and psychologists around the globe that meditation is an impeccable medicine for stress, which fosters a range of ailments like hypertension, nervous breakdown, depression, anxiety and abnormal levels of blood sugar.
So, find your peaceful corner once (or many times as you can manage in) a day from your bustling schedule, choose your preferred position to sit or lie comfortably, decide on your technique (whether to focus on a symbol or simply on your breathing) and dive deep into your own self to be at peace with the world – within you and without.
Pradeep Kumar is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveler in India. He provides yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas. His strong connection with Yoga and the Himalayas has made him organize yoga, meditation and Ayurveda tours, and retreats in the Himalayas.