Meditation is one of the most important ways to connect to your own body, expand your awareness and improve your mindset in several areas. But, do you know exactly what meditation is and how it can help you?
In this article, we are going to talk about this amazing practice and we are going to talk about 5 things about meditation that you didn't know yet!
So, no bullshit. Let's start?
But, after all, what is meditation?
Before delving into the topic, let's start from the basics: what is meditation?
In reality, this theme is a more complex point than imagined, as the definition depends on the context in which it is inserted. That is, everything will depend on the religious origin, the group that the practice and even the final goal.
But in a nutshell, we can say that meditation are practices that make it possible to decrease the frequency of thoughts and direct energy towards a specific purpose. For example: relaxation, focus, expansion of consciousness and so on.
In the academic environment, where meditation has been the subject of countless studies, there are two types of classification: focused attention and open monitoring. The first classification comprises the meditative method of voluntarily focusing on something like words (mantras), breath, object, image or thought. The second classification is the opposite: it is a passive observation of the experience that occurs during the trance or the moment of concentration.
Some of the most well-known meditation practices are:
- Focus on a single objective, word, specific point, breath or on the body itself;
- Expansion of the senses and energy;
- Quiet the mind through deep silence;
- Contemplation of feelings and emotions;
- Achieve higher states of consciousness;
- Development or improvement of quality such as creativity, concentration, attention and so on;
- Thinking directed to a specific theme;
Now that you know what meditation is, let's talk a little bit about some curiosities of this practice that you possibly didn't know!
# 5 - Meditation doesn't have to be immobile
If, when you think of a meditator, your head is surrounded by images of Yogis, sitting on top of mountains meditating sitting in the position of the lotus flower. I'm sorry. The reality of this practice can be quite different.
In fact, it may even be related to dance.
Active meditation was a technique created by OSHO, one of the most important Indian gurus for us, here in the West.
His practices became very popular, mainly because of his light, loving and sensitive approach to Tantra.
Active Meditation integrates meditative practices with physical activities such as dancing, jumping, arm movements and so on.
It is something very beautiful and intense, as it directly activates our kundalini energy, the strongest we have in our body, because when it is released into our pelvis and goes up through all the chakras and when it reaches the top, it awakens to enlightenment and full awareness.
# 4 - Meditation deepens the bonds of a couple
This is a fact that very few people know about. But meditation for two, also known as Tantric Sex, increases the couple's ties, even when there is no purely sexual act like nudity or penetration.
The simple fact that both are in tantric positions like Yab Yum, breathing deeply, making sounds and gently moving their bodies like a pendulum, this is enough to strengthen the couple's ties, increase intimacy and improve the quality of sex.
# 3 - Meditation doesn't have to be long
Of course, the more time you meditate, the more clear your mind will be. However, there is no need to spend two hours a day with your eyes closed doing various types of meditative practices. On the contrary.
5 to 10 minutes a day is enough to start reaping results in weeks.
In fact, there we go into our next topic!
# 2 - A few days of meditation already gives you results!
A study published in the science journal Consciousness and Cognition in 2010, researchers found that with just 4 days of meditation it was already possible to harvest the first positive symptoms such as improved mood and cognitive ability.
In addition, it also improved visuospatial processing, reduced fatigue, anxiety and improved memory.
But remember: these are just the INITIAL benefits. The deepening of meditative practices brings even more benefits and even physical levels.
# 1 - Meditation changes your physical body
In addition to changing your mind, emotional and energetic, meditation also acts directly on our physical body. Even improving our immunity. In addition to contributing to the prevention and treatment of diseases such as hypertension, depression and so on.
This was the conclusion reached by the 2003 study published by Psychosomatic Medicine, after studying professionals during 8 weeks of meditation, with the support of a control group that did not meditate.
This comparison is very important to identify the differences between those who practice meditation and those who do not, so the study goes through a deeper analysis.
And in the end, guess what the result was? The meditating group had more antibodies than those who did not meditate.