Meditation is the practice of stillness.
Stillness is not the same as quiet. Quiet is a state of being where you are so focused on one thing that all other things fade into the background and become muted or non-existent; stillness is something else entirely. Stillness isn't about focusing on something specific, but rather it's about letting go of any thought or feeling whatsoever--even those related to your current activity (like meditation). In other words, when you practice stillness during meditation, there are no thoughts in your mind; only peace and calmness exist within its space.
Stillness is also different than silence because silence does not necessarily imply an absence of thought or emotion; it simply means that there aren't any loud noises around us at the moment (such as traffic). Silence can also be broken by music playing softly in another room while we're reading a book at home alone without anyone else around us talking loudly enough into our ear drums so they become unbearable distractions from enjoying ourselves peacefully inside our own heads!
Meditation doesn't require a lot of time.
- Meditation is not something you have to do for hours at a time. In fact, the more you meditate, the less time it takes.
- You can meditate anywhere and anyhow: on the floor or in a chair; while walking or sitting still in one place; with your eyes closed or open (or half-open).
- The best way to learn how to meditate is simply by doing it!
You can meditate anywhere and anytime.
You can meditate anywhere and anytime. The mental practice of meditation is something that you can do anywhere, at any time, even if you're in the middle of a busy day or night. You don't have to sit on the floor with your legs crossed and chant some strange word over and over again. In fact, sitting still is not necessary at all! Meditation simply requires that you focus on one thing--your breath or an object--and let go of everything else around you until it becomes quiet inside your head again (this usually takes about 20 minutes).
It may seem challenging at first because we are so used to being distracted by our thoughts or environment; but once we get into the habit of practicing stillness every day for just a few minutes each session will become easier until eventually there is nothing left but peace inside yourself
It's scientifically proven to be good for you!
- Meditation can help with stress, anxiety and depression.
- Meditation can also help you manage pain.
- It helps you sleep better by reducing insomnia and improving the quality of your sleep.
- It improves memory and focus by increasing blood flow to the brain (yay!).
- Finally, it makes us more productive because it allows us to be present in our work without getting distracted by stressors or other things that might keep us from being productive in the moment
You don't have to sit cross legged on the floor
- You don't have to sit cross legged on the floor.
- You can sit on a chair, or even stand.
- If you are sitting on the floor, you can use a pillow or cushion if it's more comfortable for you.
- Lying down is also an option!
Stop and witness the world around you.
- Stop and witness the world around you.
- Feel the air on your skin.
- Feel the ground beneath you.
- Feel the sun on your face, and how it warms or cools you depending on its temperature and direction in relation to where you are standing at that moment in time.
- Allow yourself to feel whatever comes up as well--the wind blowing through trees, birds chirping nearby...
Observe your thoughts and emotions as they come and go.
When you're experiencing a stressful or emotional situation, it can be helpful to practice observing your thoughts and emotions as they come and go. This is often called mindfulness meditation.
In this exercise, we will focus on observing the breath as it flows in and out of our body. As you breathe in through your nose, notice how the air feels against your face and chest; as you exhale through pursed lips or open mouth (whichever feels most comfortable), notice how those sounds differ from one another. Try not to judge anything about these sensations--simply observe them without judgment or criticism so that you can fully experience them without getting caught up in thoughts about what they mean for either yourself or others around you
Don't expect anything.
- Don't expect to have a magical experience.
- Don't expect to feel better right away.
- Don't expect to be able to meditate every day.
- And don't even try if you're not already in the habit of sitting still for at least 10 minutes at a time, because we all know how hard it is!
Take time for stillness, every day if possible
Stillness is a part of every day, but it's often overlooked. You may think that taking time out to do nothing is a waste of your time, or even counterproductive because it makes you feel like you're not being productive enough. I'd argue that if we don't take time for stillness, our lives become chaotic and stressful--and that's not good for anyone!
So try this: find somewhere quiet where you can sit comfortably without distractions (this might be on your bed or couch with the TV off) and set an alarm for 5 minutes (or longer if possible). When the alarm goes off, take note of how much better you feel than when the timer started--and don't forget about this feeling next time!
Meditation is a simple practice that anyone can do. It doesn't require any special equipment or even much time. All you need is yourself and the willingness to try something new! If you're looking for an easy way to get started with meditation, try taking some time out each day to close your eyes and focus on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. This will help train your mind into becoming more aware of its surroundings while also calming any anxieties that may arise during stressful times (like finals week).