World Meditation Day – Find a Sense of Calm in Uncertain Times
As a kid, we laid in the grass, watching the clouds pass by, without giving it much of a thought – lying in peace. It is pure meditation, and we lose that as we grow up! The modern life we live can be stressful and feel resentful. When everyone around you is seated in madness, it can be difficult to find a moment of peace and calm in the storm of the day. So on this World Meditation Day, step back and remember the blissful memories of your childhood where you merely lost yourself in the hustle-bustle of the world!
By adopting a few good habits and inhibiting them in our routine we all have the potential to be healthier and happier. The vision for Global Meditation Day to be celebrated all around the globe is so that people in every corner of the world can take the opportunity to press pause and reboot themselves. No practice meditation no prior experience is necessary. If you’re new to this, just take 15 to 20 minutes out of your day to close your eyes, relax and reflect.
The reason for dedicating a whole day to Meditation is a call to the world to take time to participate in these millions of years old practices and clear our minds, remembering that we are humans first, and workers second.
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History of World Meditation Day
The History of World Meditation Day can be uncovered via the History of Meditation itself. In around 1500 BCE meditation was first found and spoken in India and since then it has been an integral part of many religions. It plays a vital role in many religions all around the globe, especially in Buddhism. But meditation is not a religion and it is practised by people who are neither religious nor spiritual, as they meditate to ease the stress and clear their mind.
The Benefits of Meditation
It is extremely important to practice meditation in today’s world regardless of whether you’re a spiritual and religious person or not, the frantic lifestyle prevents many of us from ever having a moment’s peace. Here are some of the key benefits of meditation that will surely inspire you to take out a few minutes from your busy day for yourself.
Helping With Anxiety
Anxiety is one of the most common health conditions across the globe. In severe cases, doctors do prescribe medication to help people with their anxiety problems, but they do try to treat it with a more holistic approach first. The majority of the doctors recommend mediation as it is the most famous and holistic way to treat the symptoms of anxiety. By meditating, a person’s heart rate slows down, they can control any harmful thoughts, and prevent anxiety episodes.
The world we live in can get stressful at times, no doubt about it. Feeling stressed is a normal bodily response, but that should not happen on a regular basis as constant stress can lead to serious health problems. Meditation is an amazing way to take out time from your busy schedule and focus inwardly on yourself. The basic breathing exercises done during meditation can reduce blood pressure and lower stress levels, giving you a peaceful mind, and body to restore from the built-up stress.
The human body has trillions of cells and each cell has the capacity to hold in a lot of information. At the same time, the human brain has more things than ever to keep thinking about so these combined with the internet and our smartphones means that many of us struggle with concentration. Practising meditation encourages you to think about the present, to live in the current moment, and to remove all the distractions, thereby helping you to remain focused and improve your overall productivity.
How to Meditate?
That’s the power of meditation, it is not restricted to any age group or any location. Anyone can do it, and they can do it from anywhere. Standing, seating, lying in bed, or even while you are in your bathtub. Just simply close your eyes, focus on inhaling and exhaling, taking deep breaths, and allow your mind to empty the negative and unnecessary thoughts. If those thoughts do pop up, simply acknowledge them and wave them goodbye on their way. Continue to take deep breaths and use your breathing to deepen your inner sense of peace and calm. Trust the process and do it until you are ready to open your eyes and go on with your day.
How to Celebrate World Meditation Day
You don’t need balloons and party-poppers to celebrate. Celebrating World Meditation Day is best done by freeing yourself from your routine stuff, setting some time aside for yourself solely to clear your mind and relax. Practising meditation may vary from person to person, while some of you might wanna chill in the swimming pool, some may fancy getting a sunbath or maybe a spa day, while some prefer physical activity accompanying their practice.
For your own International Meditation Day celebration, you can find a place where you feel at your best, feel relaxed, confident, and loved. It can be in the bath, at the gym, or even looking at the sunset or an ocean or forest. The next step is to simply put yourself in a comfortable position, slowly close your eyes, breathing steadily, and show all the negative thoughts the door, away from your mind.
Whatever you choose to do to celebrate Worldwide Meditation Day, just keep in mind that Meditation is most beneficial when you practice it regularly. So, why don’t you set a reminder to meditate once a day, every day for a few minutes for the rest of the week, and see how you feel.
Common Do’s and Don’ts
- Don’t be hard on yourself for thinking random stuff, instead remind yourself that having thoughts in the first place is a good sign and not an enemy of meditation.
- None of us knew how to meditate when we were born, right? So don’t assume that you should already know that, just find a teacher or maybe a YouTube video to learn from.
- Do not judge yourself or label your meditation as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Observe how well you are performing in life and be thankful for all that you have.
- You should not try to be a perfect soul, so don’t strive for perfection rather celebrate your victories and success – no matter how small or big
- Just writing ‘Meditate on your to-do list won’t actually make you do it. So schedule it and make it a habit, that way you’ll know that is non-negotiable.
On this World Meditation Day, let your inner child come out and play in the park, swim in the lake, take a promenade along the beach, and just relax a little!