Why Learn to Meditate?
In the simplest terms, meditation is the practice of calming the mind until it is in a state of peace and tranquility, although still alert. It is not concentration or fixation on a certain thought, nor is it allowing your mind to wander freely. But why should you learn to meditate?
- Decreased blood pressure
- More efficient use of oxygen
- Better quality sleep
- Relief from various anxieties and stressors
- Increases ability of focus
- And more!
“Research has proven that mindfulness training integrates the brain and strengthens the important executive functions that support emotional and social intelligence as well as academic success.”
– Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. & Clinical Professor, Author of Mindsight and Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
What are the Different Methods of Meditation?
According to The Chopra Center, there are five main types of meditation:
1. Primordial Sound Meditation—Using Vedic mathematic formulas, a personalized mantra is created for you based on “the vibration the universe was creating at the time and place of your birth.” This mantra is then repeated silently throughout your practice.
3. Zen (or Zazen)—Literally meaning “seated position,” this practice focuses the relationship between the mind and breath, and is typically taught by an instructor.
4. Transcendental Meditation—Taught by certified instructors, this practice involves a personalized mantra and a 20-minute routine that promotes “pure consciousness.”
5. Kundalini Yoga—This practice has a wide range of meditative practices meant to target specific areas in your life, from overcoming addiction to clearing chakras.
How Can I Learn to Meditate?
Meditation can be challenging to learn, especially if you’re trying to teach yourself. Luckily, there are plenty of resources to help you live intentionally through meditation.
Here are our 3 favorite apps to help you learn to meditate
1. Smiling Mind (Price: free)
The meditation app for everyone, “Smiling Mind is designed for all age groups and addresses a range of issues from stress management and relationship building to communication skills and sports performance improvement.” As a non-profit, their main goal is to introduce mindfulness meditation into school curriculum. They are also passionate about providing accessible and life-long meditation tools that anyone can benefit from.
2. Stop, Breathe & Think (Basic: free; Premium: monthly or yearly subscription)
In only 5 minutes, Stop, Breathe & Think guarantees that you can bring more focus and peace into your life with guided meditation based on how you are feeling. Broken into two categories: “Active Thinking” and “Resting the Mind,” SB&T will help you bring more intention and balance into your life—all in a few minutes a day.
3. Calm (Basic: free; Premium: monthly subscription)
For meditation beginners to experts, Calm can help you lead a less stressful life. With new meditations every day, you will never run out of ways to feel calm and centered. We particularly love their guided meditation programs for better sleep (it’s also great for kids too!).
Meditation is great for both your body and spirit, inviting self-love, compassion, focus and peace into your daily life. No matter your age, you can benefit from guided meditation. And while these are our three favorite apps, there are plenty of options out there for you to try until you find the one (or ones) that work best for you.
As a therapeutic health spa, we understand that meditation is only one aspect of practicing self care. We believe in holistic health and healing, which includes nurturing your mind, body and spirit. When you learn to meditate, you are feeding your mind and soul, but don’t forget about your body! At Blue Creek, we offer a variety of treatments, including massage, acupuncture and skin care so you can feel like your best self—both inside and out!