“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
We live in a world where time is a precious commodity, and every second, minute, and hour is of value. There are moments when it seems as though time works against us, because of stress, emotions, work, etc. We’ve all at one point or another thought, “there’s just not enough time in the day.”
But, what if we can make time work for us, in a way we least expect? Meditation is a practice that allows us to do just that.
In just 15-20 minutes a day, meditation allows you to induce a mode of consciousness where relaxation, life-force energy, invigoration, and revitalization come to the forefront. By taking time to journey inward in order to clear the mind, the mind can then use time to create a more productive reality.
Some of the key benefits of meditation include:
- Pain relief
- Reduction of depression, anxiety, anger and confusion
- Increases blood flow, and slows down the heart rate
- Provides a sense of calm, peace and balance
- Helps reverse heart disease
- Helps control thoughts
- Increases energy
- Reduces stress
There are various ways one can meditate, and each has its own value, but the examples below, described by world-reknowned meditation teacher, Benjamin W. Decker, are some of the more popular methods.