Of course, how could we go through our #getcentred series without mentioning meditation? We are a meditation studio after all…
Meditation is an extremely powerful way to get centred and improve our overall wellbeing.
Let’s face it – most of us are pretty stressed out! And we have reason to be. We live in a hectic world. We are subject to constant demands and pressures by our bosses, our colleagues, our clients, our partners, our parents, our children, and the list goes on.
What’s more, our senses are over-stimulated all day every day – visually by our computers, phones, TVs, and billboards, and audibly by traffic, music, construction, and alarms to name a few. Our fight or flight mode is continuously being triggered during the day as we react to perceived (mostly psychological) danger. And this has detrimental effects on our bodies.
The question is – how does meditation help?
Meditation elicits the relaxation response. This is the process of de-escalating the stress response and inducing relaxation through the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system. Whilst the relaxation response is a normal and natural response that the body does automatically, it can also be voluntarily elicited when we choose it to be, such as when we sit down to meditate.
In this state, our body literally begins to repair itself. Here’s how:
- Breathing becomes slower and deeper;
- Blood pressure reduces;
- Digestion improves;
- Stress hormones decrease;
- Immune system improves;
- Mental clarity heightens;
- Memory enhances;
- Concentration improves;
- Productivity is boosted;
- Muscles relax;
- Calm is experienced.
Our mission at Centred Meditation is to make meditation as easy as possible to wind into your wellbeing routine. Our 30 min guided sessions are conveniently scheduled to start your day off on the right foot, prevent the afternoon slump, or unwind after work. If you find yourself with only a few spare minutes, then try one of these meditation apps. And if you think you can’t meditate because your mind is too busy, read this!