The sheer volume of studies that have pointed out the benefits of meditation and its links to further the psychological benefits are intimidating.
A few of those studies revolved around how meditation affected the frontal lobe of the brain, the part that is responsible for cognition, behavior, intelligence, language processing and comprehension. The results are very promising!
Meditation can help in not only boosting the memory and cognition but also helps in synching the body up by means of capping the blood pressure and keeping your anxiety at bay.
We won’t be ranting about what meditation can do for you, as many of you are scholars in that regard. Instead, we will take you through the ways in which you can do certain breathing meditation exercises to get you started on how to meditate. Read on…
Snipping the link to what is around you, and dwelling deep into your inner psyche and space of mind is the aim of a ‘good’ meditation session. One of the things that keep you company during this journey is your breath.
This requires you to sit up straight, relax your shoulders and take shallow breaths as fast as you can. The inhalation and exhalation must be through the nostrils and should be as rapid as possible. Make sure that the ins and outs are of the same duration. Aim to do 3 cycle breaths in a second- you may find it difficult and drowsy in the beginning, but your body will get used to it.
As the name suggests, it is the polar opposite of the fast and quickened pace of the bellow breathing technique. Sit up straight and inhale deeply through your nose to the count of 4. Hold your breath for around 7 seconds and exhale through your mouth ever so slowly, taking 8 seconds to exhale completely. If you feel a swell of a panic attack approaching, all you need to do is to focus on relaxed breathing to sail you through it.
This is somewhat in-between the previously talked about breathing exercises. It involves you to breathe at a pace that is slower than bellow breathing but faster than relaxed breathing.
While sitting up straight with relaxed shoulders, inhale while you count one. In the next second, exhale. Repeat the process for as long as you like. ‘Second’ breathing means that you inhale one second and then exhale the next second, so on and so forth.