Meditation
med·i·ta·tion | me-də-ˈtā-shən
noun: A discourse intended to express its author's reflections or to guide others in contemplation.
The act or process of meditating.

What is meditation?
And how do I know if I am doing it right?

Meditation is a method for strengthening and toning your mind, just like you would your body. It can take on a few forms: Visual, auditory, being guided, or practicing a technique. Meditation offers us a framework for strengthening our mind… and is scientifically proven.

Meditation is not just blanking out or emptying your mind of any thought, but rather it is a technique for allowing thoughts to come and go while relaxing your focus. We observe what comes up without judgement and allow it to float away. Pause… step back… and see things differently.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATION?

Reduces Stress Improves Sleep
Enhances Self-Awareness Lengthens Attention Span
Promotes Emotional Health Controls Pain
Controls Anxiety Combats Addictions
Reduces Age-Related Memory Loss Reduces Blood Pressure

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

The answer may vary based on science, subjectivity and your personal baseline.

Science: A study conducted by Harvard University proved that gray matter volume increases in the brain region related to learning and memory, emotion regulation, sense of self, and perspective taking after practicing daily meditation for just two months.

Subjectivity: Buddhist master teachers will tell you that even five minutes a day will improve your levels of overall happiness.

Your Personal Baseline: How long you meditate is up to you. When you first begin, it may take longer to relax your mind. In time, you will find that you can reach a meditative state in less than a minute. The more you practice and the better you get at it, the more enjoyable it feels. This alone may make you crave longer meditation sessions. There is no right or wrong way to experience meditation.

PRACTICE WITH THE CLOUD9 APP.

The best thing you can do is simply start. There are many meditation apps out there designed to teach you meditation. Call us biased, but after trying many of those other apps and finding them lacking, we decided to design our own. We recruited the most talented artists we know, brought them into the studio and BOOM! Magic happened. The Cloud9 Online app features artists and composers with an ever-growing catalog of meditations of all kinds. Check it out and you’ll be a pro in no time. Read more here at Medium.com: 6 Reasons Why Meditation Apps Work.