Meditation is regarded as one of the best mind-body techniques for achieving healthy health and happiness in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). It is now globally regarded as a standard self-healing and recuperative measure across countries, with roots in ancient traditions.

Meditation can help you feel more calm and relaxed, improve your psychological equilibrium, manage with disease, reduce stress, and improve your general health and well-being. It can be defined as various forms of introspective practices and mental techniques used to develop positive states and traits of mind through disciplined training.

Commonalities of different meditation include:

  1. An environment that is as peaceful as possible, with as little disturbances as feasible.
  2. A focus of attention to the present moment by saying a specially chosen word or set of words, thinking of an object, or through breath sensations.
  3. A comfortable and specific posture, such as sitting, lying down, walking, or other positions.
  4. An attitude of self-compassion and complete acceptance of who you are as a person—being kind to yourself.
Mindfulness

Health Benefits of Meditation

  • Builds resiliency while releasing accumulated stress.

  • Reduces chronic pain and inflammation.

  • Induces relaxation while reducing muscle tension.

  • Improves mood and intensifies positive emotions such as happiness and compassion.

  • Increases self-awareness while bringing awareness to habitual patterns of thoughts and behavior.

  • Develops clarity and peace of mind.

  • Benefits relationship with self and others.

  • Alleviates anxiety and depression.

  • Enhances memory and boosts concentration.

  • Increases blood flow and lowers blood pressure.

  • Strengthens immune system.

  • Improves sleep hygiene.

  • Helps with management of addiction cravings.

  • Raises energy.

  • Increases brain volume in parts of the brain correlating to positive emotions.

Meditative Exercises

Meditations come in a variety of forms, including but not limited to:

Mindfulness Meditation


14-Day Mindfulness Moments

Breathing Meditation


4-7-8 Breathing

Yoga


Yoga Self-Care

Loving-Kindness Meditation


Smile, Breathe, Love

Progressive Muscle Relaxation


Guided Imagery


Mindful Body Scan Meditation


Grounding Exercises


Healing Touch

Watch Meditative Videos

Meditation Tips

Experiment and find what works for you.

Establish a routine by finding a consistent time to practice.

Use the same quiet space without distractions.

Sit in a comfortable position, relaxed yet alert in a chair or on a floor cushion.

Start with 5 min or less, then 10, and then 20 min up to 2 times a day.

Be accepting of yourself and don’t force expectations.