Does meditation affect the energy level
Whether you are a concert pianist, surgeon, student, teacher or craftsman: no matter what profession you pursue, everything you do and learn new things depends on how deeply you are into the matter, i.e. how much attention you get Give to your task.
We have all had days or weeks, maybe even months, in which we could not concentrate on anything. This could be due to work pressure or any number of other demands that are taking up your time. Whatever it is or was, you couldn't concentrate, your attention was broken. Of course, this also has an effect on performance and general well-being.
There are many things that interfere with our attention. Either we are tired, bored and not interested in anything or we are restless, stressed, etc. A lack of concentration and attention is mainly due to a restless mind. So how do you get the attention back? This is where meditation comes into play, because meditation calms the mind and thus our thoughts. Simple meditation techniques have a big impact when it comes to regaining focus and giving things the attention they need.
Meditation strengthens receptivity and concentration
According to numerous studies, meditating regularly helps to increase our alertness and keep it longer. Research results from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) show that subjects who practiced meditation were able to cope better with their tasks despite constant distraction.
One often hears that meditation itself requires concentration. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of Art und Living, peace ambassador and spiritual teacher, counters this: “Meditation is the opposite of concentration. Alertness and mental focus are the result of regular meditation practice. "
Tips for beginners in the world of meditation
• Watch your breath - The breath is the main source of life energy (Prana). Simply by observing your breath it is possible to slide into meditation. Find a quiet place and observe the natural rhythm of your breath for a few minutes before meditating.
• Pranayamas– Pranayamas (breathing exercises) are mainly about inhaling, holding your breath and exhaling. There is hardly a better way to increase your energy level in the short and long term than the regular practice of pranayamas. Alternating breathing (Nadi Shodhan Pranayama), for example, is one such technique that you can practice for a few minutes before meditating. This breathing exercise keeps the mind fresh and peaceful.
• Sudarshan Kriya - The Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful, meditative breathing technique that goes back to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, uses natural breathing rhythms that bring body, mind and emotions into harmony. Sudarshan Kriya relieves stress and calms the mind. At the same time, you increase focus and attention. Furthermore, the daily practice of Sudarshan Kriya strengthens the immune system, increases endurance and ensures a continuously high level of energy.
• Pranayama for concentration - This breathing exercise is a technique that, within two and a half minutes, increases your alertness to such an extent that you can hold it for three hours. The breathing technique is particularly effective for students and can be learned in the Art of Living courses for teenagers.
Observe the daily routine
Have you ever observed your daily routine to calm your mind and focus better? For example, what are you reading? How much time do you spend in front of the TV or laptop? Who do you surround yourself with?
Novels, magazines, advertisements, news, all of this worries the mind. Television and the internet distract the mind. Incorporate a little light spiritual reading into your daily routine or pursue inspiring and thought-provoking ideas on a daily basis. All of this calms the mind.
Calm the body with yoga
Getting a good amount of physical activity is important to calm your mind and body. Yoga has a big impact here. For example, you can practice the sun salutation (Surya Namaskar) or any other set of yoga exercises (asanas). Follow these exercises slowly, paying appropriate attention to each movement and stretch by relating them to the breath. According to a recent study, 20 minutes of yoga daily stimulates brain function in a way that increases alertness while maintaining it longer.
Healthy nutrition is the be-all and end-all
“You are what you eat.” There is a lot of truth in this saying, because our diet affects not only our bodies, but also our minds, thoughts and minds as well as our attention. Eating a diet that is good for our brain function is important for improving memory, sharpening our minds, and keeping our moods high. Avoid junk food. Experts also recommend a vegetarian diet.
To be in the here and now
To be attentive is to be in the now. This requires constant practice of meditation. The moment you become aware that you have been mentally absent, you come back to the now. Also and especially the breath and appropriate exercises help to return to the present moment again and again.
Appropriate levels of attention and focus can have far-reaching consequences on many levels of our lives. So it is worth investing a little time and training your attention every day.
Do you want to learn to meditate but don't know where and how? We are glad to be here for you:
You can attend our Sahaj Samadhi meditation courses in any Art of Living center near you. Do you need course information or do you want to give feedback? Please write to us at: [email protected]
Doing yoga regularly also trains the mind and body and is good for your health. However, yoga is not a substitute for medicine. It is important to learn yoga exercises under the guidance of a trained Sri Sri Yoga teacher. If you have ailments or illness, do yoga according to the advice of your doctor and a Sri Sri Yoga teacher. You can take Sri Sri Yoga classes at any Art of Living Center near you. Do you need course information or do you want to give feedback? Please write to us at: [email protected]
To sustainably reduce stress, to stay healthy and to have inner peace, serenity and
The Art of Living Meditation and Breath Workshop is also ideal for finding happiness. The core of the course is the Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful, meditative breathing technique. The program is a good introduction that provides valuable techniques to permanently enjoy a satisfied and happy, healthy and stress-free life. Further information at [email protected]
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