If you are new to it then the first experience may not be the best. It may not go as smoothly as you expect. You might feel you are unsure whether you are doing it right. You may not feel the instant sense of pleasure and release that you anticipate. Keep going though and in time you will love it…meditation that is.
When you first sit to meditate it is really likely that your mind will seem hectic. Darting from one thought to another or going over an anxiety repeatedly, like it’s stuck on a loop.
Patience and kindness to ourselves are essential when we learn to meditate. In Life we are so used to beating ourselves up if things don’t work as we expect them to. Meditation has to be different.
We mustn’t judge each session as a success or failure. That’s not the point. In meditation our aim is simply to be present and observe what is. We are not trying to change anything.
We train the brain by attempting simple exercises, but as you will experience, even though they are simple they take a lot of practice.
The great thing is every time you sit down to practice you make a difference to the structure of your brain. You also get a few minutes to yourself. You actually stop and your body relaxes. For most of us this a is rare moment in our busy days.
Neuroscientists have found using, MRI scanning, that we increase the grey matter in our brains when we meditate. This results in more positive emotions, the retention of emotional stability, and more mindful behaviour (heightened focus during day-to-day living). Meditation has also been shown to have neuro protective benefits. Age related effects on grey matter and cognitive decline can be reduced.
Our minds are just like our bodies. They need exercise and rest to keep them healthy. So think of the sessions as a work out at the mind gym and a soak in the mental jacuzzi. Perfect.