Discovering your Calm - A Guide to Meditation
Discovering your Calm - A Guide to Meditation
Stress is the leading cause of all major lifestyle diseases – with 70-95% of doctor’s visits being stress-related illnesses. Stress also interferes with our ability to think clearly, make good decisions and perform well. Therefore little wonder that many of our guests long for their holiday at the Reef House and then lament that it was all came to an end far too soon.
While a good holiday is a salve in of itself, it can also give us the time to reframe our stress and start some new habits, like meditation. If we take the opportunity to establish some new patterns and practices, then we can return back to life in the real world, with some very real and healthy coping mechanisms.
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The Reef House is perfectly poised to give you the break you deserve and some help to set you on a new path forward. While staying with us at The Reef House we encourage you to take some time to practice meditation. We offer weekly classes and also have a teacher that is available for private tuition. You might also like to book in for a Stress Management consultation with one of our local specialists. We recommend booking ahead with the wellness spa. In the meantime, read on to discover why you might like to try meditation.
Benefits of Meditation
People who meditate are much happier and healthier than everyone else and have greatly extended life spans, too. As a matter of fact, there have been numerous studies showing that meditation dramatically reduces, and even reverses disease of all types.
But the benefits of meditation don't stop there. Studies also show that experienced meditators - those who are able to achieve the deepest levels of meditative states - are able to tap into dormant levels of brain function they never thought possible. Levels of function that exist in each and every one of us - resulting in increased intelligence and moving us closer to answering life's mysterious questions.
Upon closer examination of meditators' brains, they consistently show to function at a superior level than the average person's on every single test, measurement, and assessment generated among the scientific community. In fact, if you do your homework, you'll discover that many of history's greatest inventors, philosophers, and scientists received their revolutionary, future-changing ideas during their daily meditation sessions.
One of the reasons meditators experience greater levels of happiness and health is because meditation significantly increases the brain's production of several euphoric chemicals -the same chemicals that flow through your bloodstream on those days when you've never felt better. Even more, meditation allows these euphoric brain chemicals to be produced constantly.
Also, meditators have far superior mental and emotional health. They have less anxiety, depression, anger, sadness, fear, and they have more friends, healthier relationships, and feel a great deal more satisfied and content with their lives.
How to Meditate?
Meditation is a practice and when first exploring meditation you might experiment with various styles of meditation to find a practice that best suits you. There is no right or wrong here. We are human beings and we generally have busy minds and busy lives. So be patient with yourself and simply make a commitment to practice daily. And from there you can allow the rest to unfold.
You can choose to sit or lie down and endeavour to remain aware.
You can practice withdrawing your senses by first fully engaging your sense of eyesight…focus on the colors, textures, nuances, play of light and movement that your vision captures. Then close the eyes and concentrate on your sense of hearing…tune into all of the sounds around you, both near and far and notice the many tonalities of sound. Next move your attention to the sense of touch…feel the tactile sensations of cool and warm against your skin and notice the textures of fabrics, the touch of a breeze or a strand of hair. Now bring your awareness to your sense of smell…inhale the subtle aromas and fragrances that drift past your nose. Next, draw your imagination and attention to your sense of taste…visualize a beautiful colorful array of life giving foods and the textures and taste sensation that these offer up to your palate. And finally bring your attention to your breath and notice how it comes with effortless ease and grace, like the gentle lapping of the sea against the shore…coming and going. And every breath offers up another moment of life and therefore a chance for new choices and opportunities.
Here are some tips that can support your newfound meditation practice…
- Stretching first and then practicing a breathing technique can be very helpful prior to sitting as it will calm the mind and nervous system in preparation for a more relaxed meditation.
- Meditation is a life-long practice, and therefore there is no need to analyse the results. No matter what you experience during your meditation practice, do not stress about it. Just do the best you can every day, and then let it go!
- Meditating in the early morning is an ideal time to practice: it is quieter, your mind is not filled with the usual clutter, and there is less chance you will be disturbed. Make it a habit to get up earlier to meditate.
- Listening to instructional meditation classes can be very helpful.
- Meditating with eyes closed can be challenging. Light a candle and use it as your point of focus as this allows you to strengthen your attention.
- During the day, find your breath and “be present”.
We hope this helps you find your calm.
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