How can we, as individuals and a community, bring about a sense of peace and well-being so that we can operate at our best?
This can be a difficult task. We have so much noise and so many distractions coming at us that it may make it hard to see things clearly.
We have to deal with the everyday challenges of providing housing, food, and educating our children to name a few. We have political noise on both local and national levels that we have to make decisions about.
I’m sure you wonder when one can find time for peace and well-being with all that is going on.
There is now evidence that meditation can be beneficial in helping people cope with everyday living.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has determined that there are many health benefits to meditation. These benefits include an increase in calmness, physical relaxation, a sense of psychological balance, better coping skills during illness and grieving, lowering of blood pressure, and decreasing anxiety.
Just the thought of meditation may bring about anxiety but it doesn’t have to. Meditation is an ongoing process and practice, so the more you do it the more comfortable you become with it.
There are different forms of meditation and it’s up to the individual to decide which one works for them.
Here are just a few forms of meditation:
Loving Kindness meditation is designed to promote feelings of compassion and love. This form is good for relieving stress, frustration, resentment, PTSD and interpersonal conflict.
Body Scan meditation focuses on areas of the body that may be holding tension.
Mindfulness meditation encourages you to be aware and present in the moment, rather than dwelling on the past or future, and can be done wherever you are.
Breath Awareness. Breathing is such an important part of meditation the benefits of slow deep breathing cannot be beaten.
Yoga is a form of meditation that combines breathing along with movement.
Zen and Transcendental Meditation are more structured forms of meditation that require working with a teacher.
Meditation is not just for adults. Our children can benefit from it also. Meditation can help children become more in control of their feelings, emotions and behavior so that their brains are more receptive to taking in information and knowledge, and becoming more focused thinkers.
There are many apps available to help you meditate. I use a free app called “Insight” but many more are available in the app store on our phones.
A lot of our children watch YouTube videos but you can also search YouTube for meditation videos for children or better yet find one you can use as a family.