Beginning Meditation for Self-Esteem

 

Why Meditation is Vital for Self-Love 

Meditation has a positive effect on our attitude towards life because it makes us take some time to quiet our mind, which helps to soothe our nerves and is proven to reduce stress. Removing the negative effects of the hormone cortisol helps you to emit and thus receive positive vibes from others. You feel happier about your life and relationships. Yoga is also an effective method to clear your mind and reduce the tension of stress.

Meditation gives your immune system a boost and your mind a chance to reflect on the positive things in your life. There is a variety of meditating techniques, such as concentration meditation, which is used to focus on a single point, and mindful meditation, which is used to control wandering thoughts. Meditation can help lower your blood pressure, improve blood circulation, lower your heart rate, reduce perspiration, slow your respiratory rate, reduce anxiety and relieve stress. Meditation can also help you develop self-love in the following ways:

  • Meditation addresses the stress

In today’s world, stress has become one of our biggest challenges; it promotes negative feelings and vibes about ourselves and contributes to long-term exhaustion and mental fatigue. Meditation helps to ward off such negative thoughts by promoting a good sleep cycle, better nervous system health, and improved digestion. Meditation is great for relieving stress from your life and helping you discover and love yourself.

  • Mindful awareness helps us to steer clear of self-destructive habits

A meditation practice not only helps guide you into better eating habits and exercise, but it also helps you steer clear of other self-destructive habits. These can be anything from avoiding junk food to sleeping better and fending off negative thoughts. Meditation provides the mindful awareness that is required to avoid negative behaviors and maintain positive ones.

  • Meditation improves our self-awareness

Meditation increases your self-awareness; as a result, you become more in tune with what you should eat and how you should exercise to keep your body healthy and promote positive vibes. Practicing good self-care ultimately helps you love yourself.

A few simple ways to help you start meditating:

  • Sit back or lie as comfortably as possible.

  • Close your eyes.

  • Breathe naturally; don’t try to control it.

  • Now breathe by focusing your attention on it and notice how your body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Observe how your throat, chest, and abdomen move during breathing.

  • Just notice the movement without controlling the breathing process. Start doing this for 2 to 3 minutes and then increase the duration.

Including meditation in a regular routine will also help boost your energy levels

How to start meditating with 5 simple techniques including moving meditation

Here are five basic meditation techniques. Try them all, and decide which one best fits you and your lifestyle.

  • Moving Meditation

If you don’t like sitting for long periods of time, walking meditation might be for you.  You focus on your body while moving. While your arms and legs swing, feel them lifting and extending. Feel your feet as they rise and touch the ground. Keep your mind focused on the movements of your body instead of on other things.  

  • Breathing Meditation

Get in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and inhale slowly through your nose. Hold the breath for a few seconds, then exhale it slowly through your mouth. Keep your attention on following your breath.

  • Mindfulness Meditation

To practice this one, your mind needs to be focused on the present moment. Start by putting your awareness on your breath and continue by feeling other sensations throughout your body.

  • Mantra Meditation

This technique is conducted by repeating a sacred word or phrase, such as “aum.”  To bring your mind to a state of focused tranquility. You can repeat the mantra aloud or repeat it silently. Don’t be judgmental about thoughts cropping up. That’s what the mind does, think. It takes patience and practice to get it to remain quiet.

  • Empty Mind Meditation

This meditation technique allows you to be fully aware without a specific focus. Simply sit in a peaceful place in a good posture and let your thoughts float without passing any judgment on them or lingering on any of them.

These meditation techniques are simple and effective enough to start your meditation practice or enhance your existing one. If you’re just starting out, pick one that appeals to you and stick with it for a while.

Start a meditation practice by slowly building up the amount of time you meditate. Begin with as little as 5 minutes and then increase it as you get more comfortable.

I like to use the Insight Timer to ring a pleasing gong tone and connect with other people meditating all over the world. If you like to use apps, check it out, it’s free!

You’re also welcome to use the following Guided Meditations:

Enjoy!