What is meditation?
People often ask us, “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 notblanking out your mind, but rather it is a technique for allowing thoughts to come and go while relaxing our focus. We observe what comes up without judgement and allow it to float away. Pause… step back… see things differently.
How can meditation benefit you?
Promotes Emotional Health
Lengthens Attention Span
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 recent study conducted by Harvard University proved that graymatter volume increases in the brain region related to learning and memory, emotion regulation, sense of self, and perspective taking after 2 months of daily 23-minute meditation.
Subjectivity: Buddhist master teachers will tell you that even 5 minutes a day will improve your levels of overall happiness. A fellow wildly successful Santa Monica EOer has established a “5 breaths first” protocol when he and his staff kick off meetings or need to make important business decisions.
Your Personal Baseline: How long is best for you to meditate is up to you. When you first begin, it may take longer to relax your mind. In time, you can do so in less than a minute. The more you practice and the “better” you get at it, the more enjoyable it feels which may make you crave longer meditation sessions. There is no right or wrong way to experience meditation. Our IP attorney, for example, listens to our Cloud9 Online daily meditation in his car in One CitiPlace in Hartford before work every morning. This has become his unique practice.
Practice with an app!
The best thing you can do is simply start! There are many meditation apps out there designed to teach you to meditation. Call us bias, but after trying many of those apps, we designed to create our own. We recruited the most talented artists we know, brought them into the studio and BOOM! Magic happened! The Cloud9 Online app features six artists and two composers with more than 250 meditations of all kind. Check it out and you’ll be a pro meditator in no time!