Why You Should Meditate!
You’ve probably heard people raving about the benefits but are you still wondering why you should meditate?
Depression and anxiety are some of the most significant issues arising out of the stress-filled lifestyles that we are exposed to on a daily basis.
For all of the advancements designed to help us cope with stress and simplify our lives, we seem to be getting busier and more stressed.
With the use of anti-depressants and anxiety medications at astrononomical levels people are beginning to look for a healthier and more conscious way to take ownership of their minds and bodies.
Meditation was an Ancient form of Medication.
Stress is not unique to this day and age. Humans have always had to deal with the pressures of things not going their way. However, they haven’t always had pharmaceutical options to turn to.
Meditation has been used by many cultures over thousands of years to help us cope with what it means to be human, to resolve stress and find peace.
Meditation allows us to disconnect from what we have no control over and become consciously engaged in the present moment.
What does Meditation do?
The purpose of meditation depends on who is doing the meditating.
Some people use meditation with the intention to gain focus while others use it to find inner peace. Many people meditate to help them cope with conditions such as anxiety or physical conditions such as pain. What meditation can do for everyone is combat stress on physical, mental, emotional, and even subtle energy levels.
What are the Side-effects?
Relief from stress and anxiety
Meditation leads to a reduction in the production of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones activate our fight or flight response. The reduction of these stress hormones through meditation helps us to feel calmer and more relaxed in our surroundings.
A Georgetown University study published in Psychiatry Research showed that an eight-week meditation course resulted in significant drops in stress markers.
Decreased blood pressure and hypertension
When we meditate, our stress levels fall, and all the systems within the body begin to normalise.
Once we begin meditation, arterial softening occurs, and lower blood pressure follows. We reduce the risks of conditions that can affect our lives when our blood pressure readings are high. The same normalising effect of meditation can be seen in those with low blood pressure.
Stress is the number one enemy of rest. It blocks melatonin production. Melatonin is a hormone that is critical for falling asleep. Low melatonin levels initiated by stress create all kinds of mental, emotional, and physical problems such as insomnia and related conditions such as depression.
A Harvard study has shown that just eight weeks of meditation has been shown to help people feel calmer as well as create changes in various areas of the brain, including growth in the regions associated with memory, empathy, sense of self, and stress regulation.
Meditation for Conscious Living
Meditation helps us to ground ourselves in the present moment when we are focused on the present moment, we can make decisions from a place that is less affected by emotions such as fear of lack or loss.
The more present we are, the more we understand the value and consequences of our choices.
Make Meditation Work for You!
At Affinity Wellness we believe in empowering you to create a personalised meditation practice that really works for you.
Whether you have 5 minutes or an hour to practice. We have created a program to help you learn how to meditate and DIY your meditation practice.
Our program is designed to will teach you the four pillars of meditation so that you can find a process that works for you and incorporate it into your day.
Meditate with us:
Join the Affinity Wellness Learn to Meditate program by:
- Check out our upcoming eight week Learn to Meditate Program in Hawthorn (8 weeks starting October 9th)
- Listen to our free Learn to Meditate with the Breath meditation.
- Contact us to discuss private meditation coaching in person or online.
Kristen is a professional Kinesiologist, Dreamworker, Coach and Yoga instructor. She has been helping people with their physical, emotional and spiritual journeys for 13 years. Kristen’s professional approach, dedication, and enthusiasm have helped hundreds of people breakthrough in their personal and professional lives.
Kristen specialises in working with the power of the subconscious mind.
Her unique model of conscious wellness is based on working with the energy-body as an interface between the physical body and the mind.
Kristen offers a highly individualised service to help our clients to live consciously, awaken their potential and discover their purpose.
Kristen’s passion is helping you to achieve inner peace, purpose and clarity by discovering your own unique truth and working towards your highest potential. Her personal belief is that everything we create in our life comes back to our attitudes, beliefs and behaviours most of which we are not consciously aware of. Her vocational appetite is for exploring the subconscious mind (including dreams) to help her clients achieve happiness, discover their unique truth and work towards their highest potential. Kristen’s goal is to her clients achieve vibrant, dynamic purpose-driven lives that are in alignment with their soul’s purpose.
On a personal level, Kristen started her career in Arts Management working in casting, training and managing Aussie actors and then eventually moving on to the Circus. Kristen spent her own share of time in the spotlight teaching and bellydancing professionally, a passion that took her to competitions and performances in Egypt, Greece and New York. She lives a quieter life now helping others acheive their dreams and has run her wellness practice, Affinity Wellness for the past 13 years.
Kristen practices in Camberwell, Melbourne and is available for online sessions.