If you wonder how long do you have to meditate To notice the benefits we could tell you that as many times as you can, even all the time, since the meditation It is not just sitting in silence, but rather a way of ‘being’ in life, being aware and paying full attention to everything we do. Thus, we can meditate when we go for a walk or when we cook. But before delving into how many times you can meditate and how long it will take to notice the effects, we want to talk to you, precisely, about everything that meditation can do for you. And more, in these times of pandemic, in which stress and anxiety levels, caused by fear and uncertainty, have skyrocketed.
More and more people are meditating
The figures speak for themselves, and if one thing is clear to us, it is that interest in the practice of meditation is increasing. A figure supported by the study carried out by Petit BamBou in Spain (with a participation of 2004 people over 18 years of age) in which it is stated that 30% of those surveyed meditate or have meditated in the last year and that, of these , more than half started during confinement; and this percentage is higher (17%) in ages between 18 and 24 years.
A practice that is more common among women (38%) than men (29%), but in both cases 94% say that, once the health crisis is over, they will continue to meditate. Reasons? Its multiple benefits, which affect daily life. Respondents say that thanks to meditation they have been able to reduce stress, better manage their emotions and that they can fall asleep more easily. Let’s get to know these benefits better.
An introduction to what is the essence of meditation
As Silvia Cantos Pi, founder of the School of Inner Transformation Objective Truth and author of the book tells us Objective Truth and the Human Being, «Meditation can be differentiated into two types: the contemplative and the reflective and must go hand in hand. If meditation is not approached in a useful way, it may not be of much use, other than to sit back and relax a bit. So we can view meditation in various ways: techniques to focus, techniques to relax, or as something else.
As it is presented in a part of society, meditation is a practice that people do to obtain many benefits: “improved emotional health and increased happiness, increased awareness”, Among dozens of others already scientifically proven.
However, Silvia Cantos believes that what is relevant is to focus on why many people do not achieve these benefits if they follow the instructions, or why many people cannot follow even those simple instructions.
“People are in a state of mental agitation and compulsive experience that has reached a degree too intense. The vital circumstances of each one are repeated, complicated and tangled in the mind more and more. You can’t seem to escape your own mind and constant repetition. Without working on a pruning of causes of mental agitation, no matter how long we sit down to meditate, the thoughts will continue to increase or remain in time, although they have stopped in a small parenthesis ».
Silvia Cantos, for example, promotes that meditation is a natural consequence and not a practice that you force in the morning, afternoon or evening. That is, we bring meditation to all aspects of our life.
What do we feel when we manage to meditate?
People who make meditation happen to them, obtain more benefits beyond physical well-being: a lucidity and ability to see things as they are and without so many influences, both from our own experiences and prejudices and from external conditions, ensues. Is alertness and reduced mental agitation It affects all areas of our life: in decision-making, well-being, how we relate to the environment, etc.
How can we learn to meditate if we are very nervous?
Silvia Cantos points out that «the most efficient way is detach and prune thought patterns with the appropriate reflections and, thus, the meditative state becomes possible. If one is very nervous, surely there are sources and causes for this agitation. You have to identify these causes and see if with proper reflection, they can be removed and thus be more prepared for meditation. As the expert points out, sitting down and fighting is not necessarily the way. However, understanding can be first, and sitting down later. “I don’t think we should sit down to meditate without the proper preparation at any given time,” he says.
How should we meditate?
The lotus posture comes to mind for all of us to meditate, in silence and with the glow of a candle. However, and according to the true essence of meditation, we can meditate at any time and in any position. «For me meditation is not a practice. It is a way of life. A way of To be. There are those who sit for an hour to witness themselves and the mind. But I think that is insufficient. It is good and much better than doing nothing because at least you give your being a space and an opportunity to see beyond the conditioning and to slow down the revolutions, in some cases.
Cantos affirms that meditation only transforms when you live full time: when you cut a carrot, witness it without the mind already preparing the next step. When one is talking to someone, being able to listen without preparing the answer that he is going to give or being evaded in his own things and, thus, with everything. When you are here, your mind is already there. And it always tends to be like that. According to the meditation expert, being in the present moment would be a way of meditating.
Is it better to do it in the morning or at night?
As long as possible. Meditation is not an exercise, it is a conscious state and that can be transferred to all actions of the day. It supports everything. But, in addition, one can also sit at any free moment and, stopping the body, observe and witness oneself. Right before bed and in the morning before starting the day, without exception.
How many times do we have to meditate if we want to start?
As Silvia Cantos points out, you have to try to meditate as long as possible and increase. “You can start with five minutes and go up to two hours. But the goal is not to spend time in meditation, it is to become meditation. One way to make it possible is to work, as we indicated in Objective Truth, reflective meditation: the more you see, the more you want to see and when you understand, more peace and lucidity ensues that make you be in a state of alert, serene but active: you go from do meditation to Be Meditation ».
How long will it take to see the benefits?
Studies conducted at Harvard Medical School reveal that after eight weeks of practicing meditation every day changes can be observed in the brain. Silvia Cantos, for her part, points out that the main objective of meditation should not be those benefits, but rather that one should meditate to obtain that lucidity that allows one to act from inner wisdom to make the best decisions for oneself and for others. the rest. And, as he says, this achievement does not know of deadlines.
Can children meditate?
Children are not oblivious to the current situation and thanks to the regular practice of mindfulness or meditation they can develop inner resources to regulate their emotions and find the calm and serenity they need at all times. As Benjamin Blasco, co-founder of Petit BamBou, says “if children from an early age learn to live in a conscious way, they will be developing the resources to have a free and happy life now and in their adulthood”.