Over the last 6 months or so, I have become interested in meditation.
I knew very little about it before then (I can hardly claim to be an expert now) but for some reason associated it with Buddhist monks and “om” noises. But actually that is such a cliché. It has surprised me to discover the number of ordinary people who meditate on a regular basis.
So why do it?
Well apart from the obvious benefits of relaxing the mind and body, there are all sorts of claims about it helping to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, reduce anxiety, even increase the immune system.
When I can find the time, 10-15 minutes is all I need to enjoy some peace from the noise of life, to clear my mind of all the thoughts and to just relax.
There are lots of different techniques for meditation and plenty of podcasts on the internet providing guidance. I have recently downloaded a couple of apps for my iPad from Meditation Oasis – they’re a bit cheesy but I must admit I quite like the sound effects of rain, sea and stream that you can add to the voice!
So if you haven’t tried it before, give it a go! I’m about to explore how to meditate while running – there’s a great article I found on the subject from Runner’s World!
With thanks to Modern Times for the photo