Meditation has been touted by modern science as a seriously powerful health practice—despite the dated misconception that it’s ‘only for hippies and monks’, meditation has become a valuable addition to the lives of regular people all over the world, including celebrities, army personnel and athletes.
Regular meditation has been found to miraculously reduce pain and inflammation throughout the body, boost the immune system, and improve a host of mental functions including happiness levels, emotional stability and diminished feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. Plus, it’s free!
But does the thought of regular meditation seem a little out of reach for you? Far fetched? Unrealistic? Today we show you just how easy improving your health through meditation is with our four simple steps, and how your Vuly trampoline can help you get there.
The first step on your journey to zen is getting comfortable, and your flexible Vuly trampoline mat is just the spot to do it. Many meditation beginners find that very quiet indoor spaces can be unnerving, allowing their minds to run wild, so kicking off on your Vuly trampoline where you can experience natural sounds, breezes and fresh air is a brilliant starting point.
There are no rules for the position you adopt for your meditation—whether you’re sitting in the middle of the mat, with your back leaning against the net or lying flat on your back, just ensure your body is completely relaxed. Allow your hands to curl naturally, your mouth to open if it wants to and your feet to fall outwards. You should be completely limp and totally comfortable.
The common meditation mantra of ‘quietening your mind’ may seem simple, but can be quite tricky to achieve in reality. In order to do this, you need to first gather your focus. Rather than letting your constant stream of thoughts run free, try to bring your attention to your breathing, noticing the air entering and leaving your body.
Some people find counting their breaths can be helpful, or if the whole breathing thing isn’t your cup of tea, simply listening to the sounds going on around you with your eyes closed can be an effective approach. Silent star gazing at night can also be a powerful form of meditation for those who struggle with traditional methods (and what better place to do it than your Vuly trampoline!).
Emptying your mind of thoughts and just ‘being’ is no easy feat, so prepare yourself for meditation challenges. Instead of feeling frustration every time a new thoughts enters your mind (and they will!) greet them as a friendly visitor, then slowly bring your focus back to your breathing, counting or listening.
Finally, let go of any ideas of what you ‘think’ meditation should look like or feel like. Instead, remind yourself of why you’re trying to do it in the first place—is it to become calmer? Less anxious? Generally healthier? Pat yourself on the back every time you stop to meditate, and don’t be put off if you find a session particularly difficult—it’s all part of the process and something that will improve with practise.
Tip: Start small—a couple of minutes of meditation practise a day will suffice, then slowly begin increasing the time as you become more acquainted
Have you attempted meditating on your Vuly trampoline? Which were the biggest challenges you experienced on your meditation L plates?