We have learned to pay attention since childhood. However, most of us hardly pay attention to our mind-body connection. Mindfulness, a form of meditation that helps you become aware of each moment, can be achieved by paying attention to your feelings, your senses, your thoughts, and the details of your experience. Thus you can meditate in your daily life.
“Meditation while living” and paying attention to everything in your experience and your inner life can be eye-opening. Instead of wasting of time in worries, you can be happier, more efficient, and more productive. However, unlike many other practices, you cannot fail at meditation as long as you keep trying.
Meditation is not a sport or a skill. It’s a personal journey and experience that can help you grow, improve, and evolve. By paying attention to the details of your life such as each bite when you are eating, you can enjoy more of your life with healthier life styles such as a healthier eating habit with more preferences for fresh foods and proper quantities. You would consciously avoid eating junk foods, or eating too much or too less.
Meditation is not only beneficial to your mind but also to your body, such as relieving pain and reducing stress. As the science psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) has proven, there is a strong connection between your thoughts, emotions, the nervous system, and the immune system. Too much stress can cause symptoms including depression, anxiety, nervousness, restlessness and irritability, too much worrying, and fear or panic attack. Other problems that can be caused by stress include concentration or attention difficulties, fatigue, insomnia, and other sleep disorders.
Stress symptoms also include dizziness, forgetfulness, nausea, tremors, sweating, headaches, joint inflammation, eating disorders, weight gain or loss, constipation, vomiting, high or low blood pressure, and heart problems. By relieving stress, meditation can help relief these mental and physical symptoms too. In this way, meditation can help prevent illnesses that may be the consequences from these problems caused by stress.