If you are suffering with any of the following problems, then this article will be of use to, as meditation is a solution to all of these:

• Asthma
• Marital / relationship problems
• Creative block
• Poor concentration / lack of focus
• Illness /disease
• Insomnia / lack of sleep / poor sleeping pattern
• Poor memory
• Lack of self-worth / self-confidence
• High stress levels
• Ulcers
• Digestive problems
• Menstrual pains
• High blood pressure

Is it worth it?

Meditation is something that everybody hears about, but many people fail to see the benefits of engaging in it themselves. It is an area of spirituality that has a large amount of scepticism surrounding it. The main reason people do not meditate is that they wonder if it is really worth it, if there are any real benefits. The answer is yes.

Meditation can help with all of the problems listed above.
The second reason why people choose not to meditate is that in today’s world, time is like gold dust. We barely have enough time to complete all of our tasks, so why add another? Meditation isn’t a chore, it is an effective stress relief method. So, instead of viewing it as ‘another thing to fit into my busy day’ you should think of meditation as ‘a way to destress after everything that I have to do all day’.

All it takes is anywhere between 5 - 30 minutes, depending on how much time you can find. 5 minutes is nothing in comparison to the 1440 minutes we get in a day, so if you commit to it, you can almost definitely fit meditation into your daily routine (or even just three times a week).

How does it work?

Meditation relies on breathing to improve the condition of our nervous system, and if you’re still sceptical, think of it from a scientific point of view. Our breathing patterns, including depth and speed, have an impact on our brain waves, this is a fact. So, if we can learn to control our breathing, by understanding its patterns and then regulating them, we can control how our brain functions. This means we can control how we think, act and feel, as well as how we perceive things around us.

How to meditate:

People may have a misinformed perception of meditation, that you need a spa-like environment, with scented candles, soft music and dimmed lights, but this isn’t the case. All meditation is about is breathing. You can meditate anywhere; on the train, at home, or at work in your lunch break.
There’s only one thing you need; a surface to sit against so that your back is straight, not slouched or lying down.

Once your back is straight, ensure that your body is as comfortable as possible, relieving your shoulders and elbows of any weight. Take your time to focus on your breathing, try to identify where it originates from. Is it your stomach, chest or throat? Is your breathing deep or light? Is it fast paced or relaxed? Once you focus on these things, your breathing will automatically slow down, as you are already relieving stress, focusing on yourself, as opposed to everything else that may occupy your mind.

It’s really up to you how long you spend meditating, but all you have to do is breathe. Relax your body and your breathing until you feel destressed. Doing this daily, or three times a week, will reduce stress levels significantly.

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Author's Bio: 

Jas bassi is an accredited spiritual healer who has written many video blogs and blogs on spiritual healing, meditation, hypnosis and many more