The Art of Meditation and Yoga: Using the Body to Slow Down the Mind

Art of MeditationA typical middle-aged employed will never leave home without his muddled mind. He can forget his keys, his wallet, or his phone, but he brings along with him the shelves of thoughts that tumble over each other amidst distress.

Thinking too much evokes anxiety, which places you in a “fight or flight” mode brought upon by feelings of stress, fear, or dread. However, it only takes a little for thoughts to slow down.

Remember: Breathe

In this fast-paced world, breathing has become a forgotten act. We become unaware of our inhales and exhales and only realise that we are breathing when someone reminds us that we are. Maybe you have not noticed yours until now.

Meditation brings us back to being self-aware of our breathing. When we pay more attention to our breathing and let thoughts come and go as they please, we do not allow our minds to meddle with our emotions. All you need to do is find a comfortable place to sit, set a timer for five minutes, close your eyes, and count each breath until the timer stops.

Yongey Mingyur, dubbed the happiest man in the world, believes in the power of meditation. “You can be happy everywhere, anytime and under any circumstances,” he said. “Meditation helps me and has saved my life, so I’m really passionate to share it.”

Stretch and Bend

Natalie Nevins, a yoga instructor from Hollywood, says that doing yoga “creates strength, awareness, and harmony in both the mind and body.” Exploring your flexibility reduces stress and centres the attention from the mind to the body. Yoga is best known for calming the mind and soul for inner harmony.

Out-of-town retreats for spiritual yoga is another way to enjoy the practice, especially with the company of like-minded people. Yoga enthusiasts travel to countries like Thailand, India and Cambodia to fully immerse themselves in spiritual healing.