Name: Lesley Fightmaster
Hometown: Orange County – California
Yoga Style: Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative yoga
What is meditation?
And why is it so good for you? Many people find it woolly or even scary. Meditation is nothing more than consciously bringing your attention inward. That’s it. Maybe this is explaining it too simple , especially for beginners. But there really is something like an indoor-outdoor world. Emotions, feelings, and thoughts all take place in your ‘ inside world ‘. Like intuition for example. It’s what happens on the inside you give you conscious attention during meditation.
There are several meditation techniques. There are concentration meditations, Insight Meditations, and meditations that focus on a specific target. Combinations between these three forms exist as well. To start with meditation, keep it simple. You can sit in a chair, on a cushion on the floor, or lying down is fine too. Make sure you are in a comfortable room, the temperature and odor feel pleasant, and there is not too much noise around you. This all helps to focus on the inside. Helpful is set your alarm clock (use your smartphone for instance). Three minutes is good start. And then…. just start breathing, close your eyes and if you want to put your hands in your lap. Try to observe and let go without judgement. Just be spectator of what is going on in your mind. You don’t have to stop thoughts that come to mind.
You will notice that by the time the alarm goes off, you feel calm, relaxed and you are breathing at a relaxing pace as well.
Please do have a look in the mirror. Most likely you will see above you have a look in your eyes that resembles piece within.
All these benefits in such a short time. Careful, the feeling becomes addictive ;-).
Some benefits of meditation:
-It provides better focus, concentration, and clarity;
-It enhances creativity and joy;
-It increases your self-esteem and confidence;
-It improves your emotional balance;
-it brings you into contact with your core being;
-it promotes a good night’s sleep;
-it illuminates and prevents tension and stress.