The mind is a powerful thing and, untrained, is a slave to both emotion and habit.
Meditation can enhance our health and wellbeing on many different levels. However, it is a common misconception that meditation is something which is beyond our reach or requires a special skill that we do not possess or cannot learn. In reality, we can all learn and enjoy the benefits of meditation and mindfulness if we set realistic goals for our practice.
In its most elemental form, meditation is where we consciously ‘watch’ what is happening internally whilst remaining in a state of deep relaxation. Essentially, we are observing the thoughts and feelings that arise, without adding any attachment or judgement. Some people may think of meditation as a vehicle that can transport them to another place. But the goal of meditation is not a destination; it is through the practice itself that the benefits will manifest. Find a form of meditation that resonates with you and practice in your own time, even if you only have five or ten minutes per day. With regular practice, you will begin to feel the benefits to your health and wellbeing and gradually find yourself better placed to manage some of the challenges of daily life.
EPISODE 02: HOW TO CONTROL ANXIETY
Kamalaya Life Enhancement Mentor, River Thomson demonstrates a simple meditation exercise that anyone can practice to decrease stress and anxiety within just a few minutes.
EPISODE 03: 02 EASY WAYS TO PRACTICE MINDFULNESS
Kamalaya Life Enhancement Mentor Smitha Jayakumar shares some practical suggestions on how to practice mindfulness.
EPISODE 04: BEING MINDFUL OF DAILY THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS
Kamalaya Life Enhancement Mentor Smitha Jayakumar shares some insightful suggestions on how to be mindful of your thoughts and emotions.
In this video, Kamalaya co-founder John Stewart talks about his personal experience of meditation and how seeing things from a different perspective can help transform your life.
Try these simple suggestions to cultivate your meditation practice at home. There is no need to feel discouraged if you don’t have special cushions or meditation music nearby; these can certainly help but are not essential.
- Start with a simple type of meditation which appeals to you
- Choose a comfortable posture with your back straight
- Be relaxed; be still; be aware of what is happening in and around you
- Bring your focus to an object of attention (a sound, image, mantra, breath, body etc.)
- Focus on this object for 3-4 minutes and then rest for a few minutes
- Repeat this cycle of focus and rest a few times
- Don’t attempt to control or empty the mind
- If the mind wanders, simply return your focus to the object with a gentle smile
Music is powerful. Research shows that music can alter a person’s mood and behaviour, as well as their physical body. That’s why, in our fast-paced modern world, the calming effects of music are so significant. Listening to calming music can have a positive impact on your meditative practice and your life.
Here are some benefits of meditation music:
- Stress and anxiety relief
- Helps sleep
- Improves physical health by assisting healing and resting
- Helps concentration
- Creates a tranquil environment for mindful eating
Take a moment to slow down and enjoy this beautiful meditative music from Gotfried Kling performing the Hang Drum at Kamalaya.
Our eating habits and preferences have a major impact on our physical health and appearance. Adopting a more mindful approach to eating can help you find a middle path and achieve balance between binging and fasting extremes.
Mindfulness techniques for healthy eating include:
- Listen to your body about when to ‘start’ and ‘stop’ eating based on hunger and satiety signals
- Assess whether you are ordering food from a state of ‘attachment’ or ‘anxiety and fear’. This awareness brings a balance. A healthy balance between quantity and quality is important. Lean more towards quality
- Eat small mouthfuls and be aware of the acts of chewing and swallowing
- Slow down to respect, savour and enjoy your food
- Develop a true appreciation and state of gratitude for the food and for your body’s innate wisdom during meals
- Heightens self-awareness
- Improves concentration, clarity and focus
- Helps develop emotional intelligence
- Brings awareness to persistent thoughts/behavioural patterns
- Reduces ‘clutter’ in the mind
- Can encourage kindness and compassion
- Alleviates anxiety and calms the mind