Why People With A "Type A" Personality Need Meditation In Their Lives
DO YOU HAVE ‘TYPE A’ PERSONALITY TRAITS?
- Highly focused
If you resonate with the list above, then you may like to take a moment to learn how you can help ease your mind on a daily basis.
WHY IS MEDITATION IMPORTANT?
By now, you will have heard the words ‘meditation’ and ‘mindfulness’ being thrown around, but have you really taken time to understand why that is?
To meditate is to partake in a spiritual exercise that originated in India around the 6th to 5th centuries BCE. It was considered to be a religious practice that drew from The Upanishads which are texts of the Hindu philosophy.
The act of meditation and the mindful state it aims to achieve is believed to promote a multitude of benefits, including:
- Enhancing self-awareness
- Developing skills to manage stress
- Focusing on the present moment
- Reducing negative emotions
- Increasing creativity and imagination
- Increasing patience and tolerance
HOW TO ENGAGE IN A 3-MINUTE MEDITATION
- TAKE A SEAT IN A QUIET PLACE
It is recommended to sit cross legged with hands placed on knees, palms up or hands in a prayer pose.
- SET A TIME LIMIT
Use a gentle alarm clock to set a three-minute timer.
- CLOSE YOUR EYES & BREATHE
Lightly drop your eyelids and take deep conscious breaths. Breathe in through your nose while raising your chest and drawing your stomach inwards, then breathe out through your mouth while releasing all tension.
- LABEL YOUR THOUGHTS
Allow yourself to recognise your thoughts and feel the emotion attached for a moment.
- DETACH & LET GO OF THOUGHTS
Release those thoughts and feelings from your mind and bring your focus back to your breathing.
- CONTINUE TO MEDITATE
For three minutes, continue this process. Relax. Breathe. Label. Focus. Let go.