Putting active efforts for the benefit of physical health has become a culture now. Someone who doesn’t exercise at all lives in the regret of not doing so, at least. Unlike before, mental health and meditating for its benefits is also picking up the mainline stream in today’s world. With the evolving culture of people putting attention to mental health and, at the same time, research results proving its positive influence on a person’s life, one can feel an exponential surge in the popularity of meditation.
Now the question that appears is, who should meditate? Like who should have the antibiotics? Definitely, the person who’s picked up a bacterial infection. Well, the answer for the former is not that discrete. EVERYONE. Meditation is not your daily drug. It’s a booster. Everyone takes it to become healthier.
Many studies seem to conclude that just 20 minutes of mindfulness meditation per day can result in significant benefits. That’s all it takes, in most cases, to enhance brain functioning and overall physical and mental health. That being said, this finding doesn’t mean that meditating for shorter sessions is a waste of time!
On the other hand, you shouldn’t limit your meditation exercises to 20 minutes daily — if you benefit from meditating for longer periods, that’s great! Because meditation raises your awareness of what is good for you and what isn’t, you’ll naturally know when you want to stop meditating because you’re feeling lazy versus when you’re truly “maxed out.” Simply let your meditation experience be your guide.
It is helpful to meditate early in the morning or late at night because the world is quieter at these times. You probably haven’t started your daily duties yet or perhaps you’ve just finished them. You probably won’t be bothered with phone calls, work, or household duties. It all comes down to your daily schedule. For example, if you have kids, you may decide to mediate when they go to sleep. It’s best to always meditate at the same time every day. This creates balance and will help you to incorporate meditation as part of your life.
Now that you are enough motivated to meditate. It’s time to sit! And where are the best places to meditate? A quiet room definitely counts, but there are plenty of other good choices out there. The best locations aren’t necessarily the most exotic — they’re the ones where you can let your inner adventurer roam free.
Adventure travel doesn’t always require daunting mountains and formidable jungles — sometimes all we need is to dare explore our inner terrain. We often spend so much time focusing on the world around us that we forget to spend quality time discovering our own thoughts, feelings and desires. Therefore, it is important to find a place that you’d love to be in while feeling your presence. Here are some suggestions:
The special meditation room. Think about turning one of your rooms into a special meditation haven. A study, for instance, could be a great place to meditate, as could a corner of your bedroom or living room. Make it sacred with cleansing herbs, incense and comforting lighting. Choose colors and furnishings that inspire you to go further in your quest for centering and awareness.
Gardens. Mother Nature offers many sanctuaries for the resourceful meditator. Fresh air, bird song, a keen awareness of interconnectedness and harmony with other living beings — soon the garden or park will be at the top of your best places to meditate list.
Holy Places. Whether you’re religious or not, meditating in a holy place is a great way to revitalize the spirit. Churches, temples and mosques are some of the sacred spaces that encourage introspection and communion. Look for a holy place with an atmosphere of serenity that’s a good fit for your practice.
Near rivers, streams and fountains. The gentle sound of running water is very well-suited for meditation — it calms the mind and inspires it to remain in the present moment. When you meditate near running water, allow the stream of thoughts in your mind to flow the same way — in a continuous, non-obstructed manner. Don’t hang onto, judge, reject or cling to your thoughts.
A rooftop, patio or balcony. When safe and accessible, rooftops especially are prime spots for sitting. Just climb up, settle in and bask in the morning sun as you practice some silent meditation. Make sure you take along some water and a meditation mat and cushion.