Meditation: One of the Secrets to a Happier You

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With stress affecting more and more of us, it’s not surprising that the practice of meditation has become more common. Meditating is the process of calming your mind and your body. It sounds pretty simple when you put it like that, but there’s always this question that keeps us hanging: how do we know for sure that we are doing it right?

In this blog, we will tell you everything you need to know if you’re planning to get into meditation. From types to its benefits, we got it covered.

*Cover Photo by Jared Rice on Unsplash

What’s inside this blog?

What is meditation?

Meditation is not about becoming a whole new person or even a better person or banishing your thoughts. But it’s about allowing your thoughts to come and go, understanding them better by listening to them without judgment. According to Headspace, a mobile app that helps beginners get into the art of meditation, it’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective.


How to meditate effectively

The good thing about this is that anyone can practice meditation anywhere, at any time as it is simple, inexpensive, and doesn’t require any special equipment. 

In general, the easiest way to begin meditative thinking is by focusing on the breath. Sometimes, good music for meditation helps. For some, it might be quite challenging to meditate because learning to practice it is like learning any other skill. It takes consistent practice to get comfortable, and it’s usually easier if you have a teacher. 

Meditation experts also say that there is no such thing as good or bad meditation, or right or wrong meditation as there is only awareness and unawareness, distraction and non-distraction. 


Benefits of Meditation

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Because of the many health benefits that meditating results in, the practice is becoming more and more popular. Get your zafu and sleeping music as here are the benefits that will convince you to get into meditation.

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Controls anxiety
  3. Improves focus
  4. Can generate kindness
  5. More feelings of well-being
  6. Improves sleep 
  7. Deeper relaxation
  8. Helps control pain
  9. Enhances self-awareness
  10. May reduce age-related memory loss
  11. Lowers blood pressure
  12. Improves blood circulation

Types of Meditation

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Meditation is a broad term for the many ways to a relaxed state of being. If you want to start meditating, here are the types and relaxation techniques of meditating.

  1. Guided Meditation – Also called guided imagery or visualization, this method lets you form mental images of places or situations you find relaxing. With guided meditation, you try to use as many senses as possible like smell, sight, sounds and textures. This method is a great mindfulness exercise and can be more effective if you will be led by a guide or teacher.
  2. Mindfulness Meditation – As the name suggests, this method is based on being mindful, or having an increased awareness and acceptance of living in the present moment. You focus on what you experience while meditating, such as the flow of your breath. Here, you can also observe your thoughts and emotions, but let them pass without judgment. Another great mindfulness exercise.
  3. Mantra Meditation – If you’ve watched several meditation videos, you’ve probably stumbled upon a video or two with someone repeating “Om,” it’s this. In mantra meditation, you silently repeat a calming word, thought or phrase to prevent distracting thoughts.
  4. Spiritual Meditation – This method can be practiced at home or in a place of worship doing a meditation prayer. It is beneficial for those who thrive in silence and seek spiritual growth. Just like when praying, you reflect on the silence around you and seek a deeper connection with your God or Universe. 
  5. Qi gong – This practice generally combines meditation, relaxation, physical movement and breathing exercises to restore and maintain balance. Qi gong (CHEE-gung) is part of traditional Chinese medicine.
  6. Transcendental Meditation – Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural technique. In Transcendental Meditation, you silently repeat a personally assigned mantra, such as a word, sound or phrase, in a specific way.
    This form of meditation may allow your body to settle into a state of profound rest and relaxation and your mind to achieve a state of inner peace, without needing to use concentration or effort.
  7. Yoga Meditation – You perform a series of postures and controlled breathing exercises to promote a more flexible body and a calm mind. As you move through poses that require balance and concentration, you’re encouraged to focus less on your busy day and more on the moment.

List of Relaxation Music for Meditation

Here are our top picks of calming music and relaxing sleep music for your zen meditation.

  1. Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel
  2. Debussy: Clair de Lune
  3. Thomas Newman: Any Other Name
  4. Erik Satie: Gymnopedie No.1
  5. Alexis Ffrench – Radiate
  6. Eric Whitacre: Lux Aurumque
  7. Max Richter – Dream 3 (in the midst of my life)
  8. Jan Sandström – Det är en ros utsprungen

Frequently Asked Questions About Meditation

Q: What is meditation and its benefits?
A: Meditation is about allowing your thoughts to come and go, understanding your them better by listening to them without judgment. According to Headspace, a mobile app that helps beginners get into the art of meditation, it’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective.

Meditation can also help reduce anxiety, chronic pain, depression, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Q: What are the types of meditation?
A: Meditation is a broad term for the many ways to a relaxed state of being. If you want to start meditating, here are the types and relaxation techniques of meditating.

  1. Guided meditation
  2. Mindfulness meditation
  3. Mantra meditation
  4. Spiritual meditation
  5. Qi Gong
  6. Transcendental meditation
  7. Yoga meditation
  8. Self meditation
  9. Buddhist meditation
  10. Zen meditation
  11. Twin heart

Q: What are the health benefits of meditating?
A: Because of the many health benefits that meditating results in, the practice is becoming more and more popular. Get your zafu and sleeping music as here are the benefits that will convince you to meditate.

  • Reduces stress
  • Controls anxiety
  • Improves focus
  • Can generate kindness
  • More feelings of well-being
  • Improves sleep 
  • Deeper relaxation
  • Helps control pain
  • Enhances self-awareness
  • May reduce age-related memory loss
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves blood circulation

Q: How to meditate?
A: Experts say that there’s no such thing as a right or wrong way of meditating but if you’re a beginner, this process will help you get into meditative thinking, self meditation, or any type you prefer.

  1. Get comfortable. Find the meditation postures that you’re most comfortable with
  2. Prepare to sit still for a few minutes
  3. Set a time limit
  4. Listen to a piece of sleeping music or any music for meditation that will relax you
  5. Focus on your breath
  6. Follow your breath for two minutes

Q: What is meditation in tagalog?
A: Meditation in tagalog is pagmumuni-muni.

Q: What is a zafu?
A: Zafu is a meditation cushion that’s traditionally stuffed with either kapok or buckwheat hulls. It allows you to sit or position yourself comfortably for you to meditate effectively whether you’re just meditating in pure silence or listening to relaxation music.

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