4 Reasons to Bring Meditation Into Your Life – Meditation Services in Newcastle
Meditation, specifically “Mindfulness Meditation” has increased in popularity recently and its benefits are becoming more and more known. There are a number of reasons to meditate, especially if suffering from stress, anxiety, depression or any other difficulty, and people who meditate regularly report improved mood, better stress management, improved sleep and increased levels of relaxation.
The most basic way to meditate is to sit or lie in a place where you will be undisturbed and close your eyes. From here focus on the breath and each time you find yourself becoming distracted, gently bring your focus back onto the breath for a fixed period of time.
Meditation practice can be of varying length and frequency – some people do 10 minutes on a morning to set them up for the day, whereas others prefer short 2-3 minute periods through the day, or longer periods on a night. The specific length of time and frequency to meditate depends on your goals for meditation – for example, meditation for stress is a different practice from meditation for insomnia or improved mental focus).
Though there are many benefits of meditation, here are four of the most significant benefits that people report from mindfulness meditation.
1. Improved Mental Clarity
Mindfulness meditation improves mental clarity by helping people reduce or remove the constant “mind chatter” and “noise” associated with day-to-day life. It allows the person to become more mindful about their thoughts and therefore whether they are dwelling on the past, thinking negatively, or worrying about the future which leads to stress, anxiety and depression as well as other problems.
Being merely an observer in your own mind creates a situation where you can become more aware of your thoughts, and learn to let go of them when they arise.
Our specialist meditation services in Newcastle can help you develop the subconscious habit of letting go of painful or problematic thoughts so that you feel better and less negative.
2. Increased Self-Awareness
Taking part in meditation can help a person to become more aware of what is happening in both your mind and your body. Due to our busy lives, it can be difficult to take care of yourself both physically mentally which leads to problems with both mental health as well as physical health. Problems such as heart disease, asthma, IBS, tension, and even physical pain can be made worse by neglecting our needs.
Mindfulness meditation can help you to learn how your body is feeling and what it needs, whether it be to slow down and rest, a better self-care regiment, or some physical relaxation. This increased self-awareness of both the mind and body can help improve both physical and mental health.
3. Decreased Stress and Anxiety
Many people don’t realise that a lot of our daily stress and anxiety comes from thinking about the past or future and not living in the moment.
Worrying about the future can leave us feeling worried and overwhelmed, especially if we have a lot of problems, while dwelling on the past can lead to us “reliving” bad experiences and focusing on things that have gone wrong.
By learning to be present you can learn to let go of worries about the future and stop dwelling on the past. As an aside, being more mindful of your thoughts is also known to help you to make better decisions in the moment and to generate better solutions to any problems you might have.
4. Improved Emotional Intelligence
Improving emotional intelligence is not always easy, but learning meditation with our services in Newcastle can teach you effective techniques to help you to get back in touch with your emotions and be more empathic and caring towards others – especially friends and family.
Once you are more aware of the way you feel in the moment, it becomes easier to see things from other people’s point of view and understand where they might be coming from. Through mindfulness meditation, you may also be able to deal with any frustration or anger difficulties that have previously caused problems due to finding it hard to tolerate differences in opinion.
Although individuals are often fixated on past events or the somewhat unpredictable future, our meditation services in Newcastle can help you to achieve inner peace, better relationships and a calmer day to day life.
Meditation Services in Newcastle
Meditation, specifically “mindfulness meditation”, is a form of meditation that can help people suffering from a variety of problems and also help prevent relapse.
It can help to train the mind to choose where we point our attentional focus, and help us learn to be more mindful of our thoughts, feelings and things we do. It increases both mental and physical awareness and allows us to become more ‘present’ and to live in the moment.
Our highly skilled Specialist Mindfulness Teachers offer one-to-one and small group meditation classes and our team of Clinical Psychologists, Specialist Counsellors and therapists are able to integrate mindfulness meditation into your therapy or counselling should you feel that it might be helpful as part of a wider therapy programme.
If you feel that meditation would benefit your life, whether through improving focus, managing stress, or helping you to let go of painful thoughts and feelings contact us today at Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling about our meditation services in Newcastle using the box below.
Dr Stuart Sadler
Lead Clinical Psychologist