Fear is a powerful emotion that provokes most of us to respond instantly. It is human nature to avoid facing our fears for as long as possible. However, some of us take the brave step of confronting our fears and getting over them.
Meditation is an integral aspect of Yoga and a great way to overcome your fears. You can also learn to do so using information from books, blogs, and online videos. We will discuss in this blog how meditation is key to controlling your mind and training it to become fearless.
Meditation For Mental Health
The human mind is like a vast water surface; the slightest disturbance can create long-lasting ripples. Many people develop fears of specific things or situations as children and continue to experience them through their adulthood. This shows the profound impact that fear can have on your mental health.
Since Yoga began garnering global attention, people also came to know of the benefits of meditation. People often consider meditation to be an activity performed for spiritual or religious rituals. (READ more about meditation)
However, since Yoga has garnered global popularity, people have begun exploring the various health benefits of meditation. Let us see how meditation allows us to conquer our fears.
- Increased Mental Focus
Meditation is a go-to solution to improve mental focus and have a longer attention span. Meditation techniques train you to fix your mind on an object, a thought, or any arbitrary point for long periods. Regular meditation will let your overcome mental distractions and enhance your concentration. A focused mind can fight off fears and prevent them from harming itself.
- Relaxed Nerves
Meditation is a soothing antidote to cure your agitated and tired nerves. It seems like a lot of work, but meditation offers much-needed relaxation to your nerves after a long day. A relaxed mind and relaxed body are more capable of handling and curbing fears than a tired one.
- Calmness Of The Mind
Facing your fears can send you into a state of panic attack (READ how to conquer panic attacks with Yoga). You can successfully conquer your fears only with a calm and composed mind. Guided meditation helps you explore your mental capabilities and attain a peaceful state of mind.
- Heightened Mental Strength
‘Where there is a will, there is a way’ is a famous saying. Sheer mental will can take us places in life. A robust mental will can also guide us to conquer our fears. Meditation is an excellent way to support and enhance your mental strength.
Yoga teachings speak of the importance of spiritual growth and development for a better life. One can nurture their spiritual health when one gets in touch with their true nature. Meditation helps you seek out your worst fears and effectively handle them.
Step-by-step Guide To 7 Minute Meditation
Meditation is most effective when you perform it regularly and in a specific sequence. We have devised an accessible and inclusive meditation guide to prepare your mind to face its worst fears. For the best results, follow all the instructions without skimming through them.
- Please find the most comfortable, well-lit, and quiet corner of your home and make it your meditation room.
- Your soul, mind, and body react to meditation better when you practice it with an open and positive mindset.
- Sit cross-legged, preferably on the floor, and close your eyes lightly to begin meditating. Place your palms on either knee or join them in prayer during meditation. Depending on your comfort level, you may also sit on your bed or couch while meditating.
- Choose an arbitrary point in your mind and gather all your focus toward it. Alternatively, you may also focus on your personal goals, deepest desires, or ambitions that you have worked hard to fulfill. Focus is paramount while you meditate.
- Those who meditate to nurture their spiritual selves prefer to repeat mantras (chants) while meditating. The mantra may have a religious or spiritual meaning and may be repeated audibly or mentally.
- Repeat your mantra or focus on your chosen point of concentration for as long as possible.
- You may find it challenging to find your focus initially if you are new to meditation. However, once you practice regularly, you will gain more confidence and a remarkable ability to meditate for a prolonged time.
- Whenever you sense any distractions, use all your mental energy to find your focus once again.
- Sit in the same position with your legs crossed after completing your meditation. Relax your body and slowly open your eyes, but do not get up hastily from your sitting position.
- Allow your mind and body to adjust back to your surroundings before resuming your daily chores after completing meditation.
- Remember to avoid heavy exercise, loud music, or consuming a heavy meal immediately after meditation. While there are no physiological restrictions to do so, it may break the serene rhythm that your mind catches during your meditative state.
Meditation is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ technique. Every person’s need and aim to practice meditation is distinct, and they should meditate accordingly. The above points provide a basic guideline for you to follow when you practice meditation. It is recommended to seek a Yoga trainer’s advice to learn the correct meditation techniques and reap their benefits.
Meditation, Yoga postures, Pranayama, Mudras, and Bandhas, are some crucial components of Yoga. Yoga strengthens every aspect of your health and transforms you into a better and more robust version of yourself. Embracing Yoga is taking us one step closer to healthier living.