Is Meditation Really Helpful?

FRANÇAIS PAGE 2 – La Méditation Est-Elle Vraiment Utile?

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Are you used to feeling anxious? Scared? Does anyone tried to help you in this matter but did quite the opposite?

In the last article The Mind-Body Connection introduced the subject of always being connected to what we do. This means being aware of our own emotions and desires and acting upon them.

I can assure you that meditation can be a powerful tool for addressing those issues.

Brain balancing heart by ElisaRiva

Why?

Because I have been practicing meditation on a daily basis for 7 years now.

People fail to help you because they are not in your shoes and might address the problem from an angle you don’t really need and therefore, the problem still exists.

Meditation can be your medication.

It can help you overcome your issues, if you know how to use it.

How does meditation can help me?

Why doesn’t it work on me?

Is there a simple tool I can use for helping me meditate?

Those are the questions we are addressing today.

How does meditation can help?

Meditation is simple and practical. 

Research shows that simply by sitting down and closing your eyes you can access a level of relaxation that is deeper that deep sleep.

It reduces stress hormones by 30 to 40% where a good night sleep reduces it by 10 to 12%.

It increases serotonin, prolactin, oxytocin and reduces blood pressure. It even increases the production of anti-aging hormones.

It is more effective that any other relaxation techniques.

brain connection by Gerd Altmann 

Research also shows that it makes new connection in the brain. If you scan the brain of someone that is meditating, you will see connection happening in the left and right side of his brain as well as in the back and front of it.

Which results in making us make better decisions, have better judgment because we allow the part of the brain responsible for this -the pre frontal cortex- to be well fed in oxygen particularly.

Meditation helps us become our best self.

When I was starting meditation, I encountered a wonderful teacher that helped me understand that I was embodying letting go thanks to meditation.

After a 45 minute mediation I had with him, we all shared our experience. At that time I had a hard time staying still, I always had to readjust my position or even just was disturbed by my own clothes. I explained him that I finally was able to tell myself during that single meditation that it could wait, that for this moment I was able to stay still and wait for the end of the meditation for moving or even for thinking about something else I had in mind.

He congratulated the effort and showed me that my meditation journey was on the good path.

Meditation doesn’t always work

Meditation can work for everyone, but it can also worsen the very thing you’re trying to meditate for. This is because there are several types of meditation.

Of course, if you look online, everyone is going to tell you that their technique is the best one there is but this is just a lie. Unfortunately those are the ones that are going to be the closest to sectarianism.

As a matter of fact, you can choose what type of meditation you want to do according to what you’re doing it for.

meditation by Gerd Altmann 

Before choosing the type of meditation you’re going to dedicate yourself to, you should ask yourself those questions :

  • What is the goal of my mediation? Do you want to feel more free, let go a situation in particular, understand something …
  • Which sense do you prefer? Some meditation will be more visual when others might be more auditory …
  • Which aspect do you want to develop the most? Patience, love, spirituality, memory, focus …

We will go through the types of meditation in a later article but for now I would suggest any beginner to try and start with those types of meditation :

  • Yoga nidra : this is actually the simplest one I was given to try. You just lay down on your back and let yourself be guided by the voice of your meditation teacher.
  • Spinal breathing : which will help your anxiety as well as mantra and mindfulness meditation.
  • Inner silence : lead you to know yourself, deal with your confusion or restlessness.

Now that you know of some meditation techniques, remember that the key to finding peace with mediation is consistency. We talk about this with a guest I had in the blog in the article Meditation Series : Mantras with Carrie Grossman.

Learn to overcome your fear thanks to a simple tool

I’m using fear as an example here and the tool I’m going to share with you can be used with any emotions you’re having difficult times with.

The tool I’m sharing with you comes from another meditation teacher I had and uses the technical memo RAIN.

Tiger under rain by ArtTower

RAIN stands for Recognise, Allow, Investigate, Nurture.

Recognise : name your fear.

Allow : do not judge it but instead allow it to be here. 

Investigate : feel where it lives in your body and what sensation it brings you.

Nurture : use your own kindness and care to begin being present with the fear.

After the rain, feel the shift that has happened from the fearful self when you started to that space of compassionate presence.

Want some help?

I can now tell you that soon, an online meditation course will be available on the blog. It is a 21 day challenge designed for discovering meditation where I teach you the fundamentals of mediation in a progressive way. The first day of the challenge will include 1 minute of meditation the second day 2 minutes, the third day 3 minutes and so on until 21 minutes of meditation for day 21.

Be sure to stay tuned, more information about this in a few weeks.

I hope you enjoyed this article and that it gave you a clearer idea of what meditation can do for you.

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In the meantime, remember that everything you do can be turned into meditation, from sitting to making dishes and running. It only takes conscious presence in what you are doing.

Love

Ben

Want to keep reading?

You must ave noticed that this blog was bilingual. If so, you will certainly be interested in this article : Tips For Learning a Language

Do you know what Ayurveda is? Come discover more about it in my article Ancient Science

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Tips For Learning a Language

FRANÇAIS PAGE 2 : Conseils Pour Apprendre une Langue

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Learning a language takes time, you have to learn everything by heart so you don’t forget anything, it’s not fun …

FALSE

Learning a language might be a great journey you can enjoy. It can be fun and you don’t necessarily have to spend all your time learning everything by heart.

In fact, if you know how to do it, you can learn without even feeling like you are.

I actually learnt English by myself. Well, I had all the teachings from school obviously but that wasn’t enough for me to really speak the language. Today, I have the CAE -Cambridge Advanced English – which says that I have a C1 English level. 

I didn’t live in an English country, I didn’t take spare classes to learn it, my accent is not the best one and I can sometimes do some mistakes I know. But still, I’ve been writing articles in English AND French since January now and I think you guys can get what I write. 

I really appreciate all who’ve been liking and commenting on my articles. Thank you, really much.

I learnt English simply because I chose to. I come from a Spanish family and I used to speak English with my grandmother – may she rests in peace – so maybe I was used to being comfortable with languages.

When I was living in Paris, I decided that I needed to learn English in order that I would be able to travel easily. And since I didn’t have enough money to go live in an English country, I decided to bring English to me. I started to watch movies in English, turn the language of my phone and computer into English, tried to read English books and so on… I even tried to think in English.

Imagine when I had my first dream in English, it was an apotheosis for me!

And today I try to give that taste of freedom to anyone I can. Because learning English opened many doors for me. Truly. Now I can learn about a subject in two – sometimes three with Spanish – different languages and this is really helping me to go deeper into my researches and I can write even better articles.

You might not understand the necessity you have to learn a new language, but it can absolutely help you grow stronger in your business as well as in your personal life.

Knowing different languages is like having multiple souls. Teaching languages is actually one of my specialities.

I also had the chance to spend time with English speaking people in Paris, which helped so much in my learning. For them, for my grandmother, for the time I spent learning … thank you.

Today I’d like to give you a little tip if you want to learn a language. If you really want to, it is something you won’t be spending a lot of time on. You just need to have a directory with you at all times.

It’s an easy tip, that everyone can do and that can teach you a lot of words, that you will remember just by yourself, for the price of a directory – 2$.

Throughout your day, make the effort to listen to podcasts, radio shows, news, read articles or books or even watch movies or tv programs in the language you want to learn. You might start with adding the subtitles of your language, then you will want to replace them by the language you’re learning – which will help you see the words you hear – and then you won’t even need to have subtitles.

By doing that, you will learn new words everyday and as soon as you learn a new word, write it in your directory, choose a colour for your language and another one for the new one. This might be blue for English and red for French for example if you want to learn French.

You will see that the more you do that, the more you will learn words and the more you will want to learn. It’s fun and you will want to continue working on that. Many times, our brain doesn’t have to be forced to do something, if we do it just out of fun, we remember it and that makes us want to learn even more.

For those who follow me, please excuse me for not being here for the past week, I had some issues to work on. Fortunately they are solved now and I can write again. 

As a matter of fact, I will be coming with new ideas and the website will soon be updated to offer you a lot more tools!

To be continued …

In the meantime, be well and enjoy being alive.

Love,

Ben

Want to keep reading ?

Are you interested by meditation ? Then my article Meditation Series : Mantras with Carrie Grossman might be a good fit for you.

Or you might be wanting to travel and not be able to. Try my article about my visit to the Netherlands, I AMSTERDAM.

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