Benefits of Meditation | Helpful Tips

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Hi everyone! This video is
going to be about meditation, specifically some benefits
meditation can have on your life in addition to some tips to get
you started and/or enhance the experience. The first thing
to discuss is just what is meditation. I think you will
find that we all have different meanings of it and how it
applies to our life, but it’s something we all experience at
different points. Meditation simply is a relaxation of
the mind and focusing on one particular thing. This can
mean anything is meditation. For example, playing a video game,
whether it be a relaxing puzzle game that makes you think and
focus, or one that is action packed with loud noises, the
common theme is how you react to it. If you concentrate on the
game, focus your mind on what you are doing in the game, and
are engrossed in it and feel a sense of relaxation and peace of
mind, then that is meditation. Another example, let’s
take music. You put on some headphones, close your eyes and
really focus on the music and listen to it. That too is a form
of meditation. And then you have the traditional meditation that
most are probably familiar with. The one where you sit down,
close your eyes, and focus on the breath, calming the mind
and focusing on letting go of intrusive thoughts and allowing
positive energy to circulate throughout your body. This
type of meditation is what many people think of, which many
people are turned off by since you are sitting there and are
alone with your thoughts. This can be scary for those with
severe intrusive thoughts related to bad memories
and trauma. So, that type of meditation may not be beneficial
for those individuals, but this doesn’t mean you cannot
meditate. A dynamic meditation or yoga can be beneficial since
it engages the physical body and relaxes the mind and allows it
to focus on what the physical body is doing, in addition to
clearing out negativity, and stress, and tension. There are
endless ways to meditate, and you just have to find what
works best for you. But, what is meditation all about and why is
it beneficial? Well, it has a myriad of benefits, and listing
them all comes down to what your goals are. If you have a goal
to lose weight, then it can help you achieve this. Likewise, if
you have a goal to gain weight, it can help with this. It can
literally help with anything you want to achieve, as long as you
have a goal, because you focus on what you want to achieve
during a moment of relaxation. When your mind is in this state,
it’s easy to accept suggestions. As a bit of personal experience,
I’ve been meditating on and off since I was in my early to mid
teens. Since 2012, however, I’ve been more productive and serious
about it. However, there are time I get off track and lose
focus and don’t do it for a period of time. During those
times that I do not meditate, I feel I have less energy, don’t
sleep as well, can’t concentrate as well, in addition to getting
agitated easier. But, meditation certainly has allowed me to
achieve peace and the ability to regulate emotions and be more
productive. It’s actually been such a major influence on my
life that I am actually taking meditation to a whole new
level. I actually have a guided meditation YouTube channel to
help assist with meditations. I’ll have an annotation and a
link in the description. On this channel, I focus on how you
can improve your life, using the same techniques that I have been
able to utilize to improve my own life. Anyway, I will now
discuss some of the benefits of meditation and how
it may help you. One of the most beneficial
things meditation does is allows one to focus on the present and
the now. In other words, what is going on right this minute, not
what happened in the past, not what is going to happen in
the future. This is highly beneficial since it allows
one to let go of resistance and attachments. When you let go of
what happened in the past, then obsessive thoughts about past
memories are no longer relevant. Trauma that happened in the past
is no longer relevant. Whatever anger or sadness you had just
before meditating is no longer relevant since it’s a thing that
one can let go of. When it comes to obsessive thoughts about
future events, this often leads to anxiety and stress.
Perhaps one is anxious about a presentation later in the day.
They have constant obsessive thoughts about what is going to
happen. A ‘what if’ scenario of an event that has yet to happen.
This too can be let go of and instead a positive intention
can be focused on where they are confident and the outcome
is positive. The thing about resistance is that it’s a result
of us trying to run away from something. Almost like pushing
things behind a door and never addressing them. The more we put
onto the other side of the door, the larger it becomes and more
difficult it is to address. But, it’s always there in the back of
our mind and we fear it and try to run and hide from it.
Meditation allows you to let go of all of this and allows the
door to open and all negativity and attachments are addressed
by you and simply passed by. You feel what you needed to feel
to overcome and address the problems you have and have
successfully let them go. Another major benefit is
regulating emotions and improving self-control. Let’s
say you have intense anger when someone says something about
you, or you get severely upset and began to cry at the
slightest thing. While being highly sensitive can have
positive benefits, when it gets to the point that your emotions
are hindering your life and the connections you make, including
having severe mood swings, meditation can help you feel
more balanced and not have extreme highs or extreme lows.
It will allow you to have better control over your emotions
and what is appropriate for the situation. For example, let’s
say you are painting and get one drop on the floor and then
perhaps get so angry that you grab the paint can and toss it
all over the place, getting it everywhere, while you charge
your way out of the house, slamming doors, being
destructive. Or what about another scenario where the
same thing happens but you get depressed instead of angry. You
get very upset and just break down, crying on the floor, won’t
get up, spending the rest of the day upset and unable to get
anything done. While these are appropriate emotions to have
when spilling the paint, you are experiencing it to such an
extreme degree. Essentially meditation will allow you to
better cope with the stress involved with what happened. It
goes back to letting go of these emotions. You feel a bit angry
or upset, and you move on from it. Anger and depression often
stem from feeling an intense feeling long enough
without letting it go. You’re in resistance to letting the
emotions go, which is something meditation can have a profound
impact on. Next, another benefit is that it can provide an
understanding and acceptance of yourself, others, and the world
around you. It can grant you knowledge, insight, and
intuition of how your life is going, what you can improve,
and how you can improve it. Meditation brings things into
your awareness that were hidden before. Sometimes not always
positive things, but things that you can look at within your
own life to improve. Perhaps you have a lot of abandonment issues
and you feel a sense of despair and like no one loves you when
your friends stop talking with you for a brief period of time.
While meditating, this comes to the surface of your mind and you
become aware of it. When in the relaxed state, you accept it as
is and realize that this is who you are. You then begin to
rationalize scenarios that have happened and you reflect on past
relationships and realize that no matter how many times
you’ve accused a close friend of leaving or hating you for not
getting back to you, that they have always stuck by your side.
You’ve come to learn that they are here for you, and you
become thankful for what they’ve brought into your life, even
perhaps apologizing to them for the accusations and how you
would attack them for doing absolutely nothing wrong.
Meditation can certainly make you more aware of these things.
In addition, it can give you better insight into what is
going on around you. You will become more knowledgeable in
how to properly cope with the struggles in life. It can
provide you with knowledge you’ve never had access to
before and give you the insight to accomplish what you really
want. You will just know the answers and they’ll come to
you without even trying. This happens especially during
the meditation process. For instance, if you are at a
crossroads and don’t know what decision is best, then you may
meditate and allow yourself to think it through and discover
things that were not there before to help you make the
appropriate decision. It’ll just feel right to you and
you’ll have confidence in your decision. Other miscellaneous
benefits include increased energy, better relaxation
and sleep habits, better concentration, improved
creativity, and the ability to learn quicker and easier. There
are countless other benefits as well, but these are just some
of the ones you may notice when starting meditation. You will
certainly feel more relaxed and laid back, like negative things
don’t affect you as much. In addition, you will have
better concentration and memory, improved creativity due to you
allowing thoughts and images to come to you without resistance.
All these things and more are possible when you begin to
meditate. Now I will discuss some tips that can help
you just starting out or improving the experience. One of the biggest things is
making time for meditation. If you begin to meditate and
don’t actively fit it into your schedule and just stop doing it
altogether, it will not benefit you. But, you can dedicate time
each day, or every few days, to meditation. Pick a time, a
location, a goal and you can accomplish what you desire as
long as you stick with it. The first few weeks can be
challenging to stick to, but keep at it. It should be fun and
something you look forward to. If you make the time in your
day for other activities such as television, video games, or
music, then you surely can make the time for meditation. This is
one of the biggest downfalls we all have with practically any
goal, since many of us do not dedicate time to activities
and we end up not being able to accomplish it. When going into
meditation, what do you wish to accomplish? This can be as
simple as letting go and relaxing, to something
like incorporating positive affirmations. Whatever it
is, have something in mind beforehand and your
concentration on what you desire will be obtained much quicker
and efficiently. Additionally, as was mentioned in the previous
section, anything can be meditation for you, but you have
to find what relaxes you and clears your mind. You can
meditate anywhere, anytime that is appropriate for you, moving
or not moving, eyes open or closed. But, the main thing
about it is to find a place that is comfortable and relaxing.
With enough time, more and more places will be open to you and
it’ll be easier to meditate, even in a noisy environment.
Next is to start simple and for as long as you comfortably
can. In other words, don’t force yourself. Don’t force anything,
but rather allow it to happen. This is often when we become
discouraged since we may be trying too hard to relax and
clear the mind, but that’s precisely the problem.
Meditation is not about forcing anything, but allowing the
experience to happen. If you are trying to clear your mind and
get rid of thoughts, they will come to you more. But if you let
it go, it’ll exit your mind and it’ll be clear. Let your
thoughts go & focusing on the now. Thoughts are a part of
meditation, and they will happen. But, mindfulness is
about looking at your thoughts and seeing them for what they
are, clearly. You can never get rid of your thoughts, but you
can focus on allowing them to flow. Imagine a stream of water
and your thoughts are going down this stream as you remain still
observing them as they go by. Focusing on the breath is
helpful with this as well. You breathe in positivity
and release negativity and attachments. If an intrusive
thought comes in, gently let it go. Another method is to close
your eyes and see what comes to mind. Sometimes it’ll be images,
colors, sounds. Just observe them with your eyes closed.
Sometimes it can even help to cover your eyes with your palms.
It may be very dull initially, or it may be very vivid. Focus
on them and after a bit of time you’ll enter into a relaxed,
meditative state. Give it time. It can take anywhere from 5
to 20 minutes, or even longer depending on many factors
including what stress you are under and what you are thinking
about prior to meditating. If it doesn’t happen, don’t get upset
with yourself. Try again later or another day with a positive
intention. And lastly, if you still are having difficulty
focusing, think about a guided meditation or music. This can
help significantly because it allows you to focus more on
audio and your experience and less on the intrusive thoughts.
It can be relaxing music that helps slow down the mind, or
whatever other music that can help you focus and concentrate.
Even if you are not a beginner, guided meditations can certainly
help during stressful times when it’s very difficult to let go
and clear the mind. In fact, it’s been one of the most
helpful things for me when my mind won’t slow down on its own,
or with my own guidance. Anyway, when you are ready to end the
meditation session, slowly bring your attention back to your
surroundings and reflect back on what you accomplished. Then,
slowly get back to what you are doing next. It’s important to
do this so you can retain that calmness and relaxation after
meditating. It can last all day if you learn to incorporate what
meditation teaches you into all areas of your life. Things like
taking breaks when needed, when your body and mind need it,
and having goals and setting schedules to accomplish these
goals. These are important life lessons that meditation can
allow you to learn with enough time, patience, and dedication. So in conclusion, meditation can
have an array of benefits. Some of these being increased focus
and concentration, increased energy, letting go of
resistance, emotional stability, insight and intuition,
creativity, and overall better relaxation and ability to handle
stress and anxiety. Some ways of going about meditating are
to make time for it, have a positive intention, and realize
that you can meditate anywhere, moving or not moving, eyes open
or closed. Guided meditations may be beneficial as well.
Please share with me your experience and how long you’ve
been meditating or if you plan on starting to meditate after
watching this video. I hope this information was informative and
helpful. Thanks for watching!

 

75 Responses

  1. Joshua Le Vin

    February 26, 2016 3:05 pm

    +Autumn Asphodel

    One meditation student said, "My teacher is the best. He can go days without eating."

    The second said, "My teacher has so much self-control, he can go days without sleep."

    The third said, "My teacher is so wise that he eats when he's hungry and sleeps when he's tired."

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  2. Deshaine

    February 26, 2016 3:22 pm

    Do you also use essential oils during your mediation sessions? I'd be happy to talk with you about essential oils if you're interested in taking your meditation to the next level, have a deeper meditation experience. Love you videos and look forward to the next.

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  3. Antiker Tech157

    February 26, 2016 4:30 pm

    For me, meditation is acquiring a wealth of knowledge and understanding of myself, science and learning many languages even latin. It makes you humble, you begin to see what are things not what you think they are.

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  4. Antiker Tech157

    February 26, 2016 4:30 pm

    For me, meditation is acquiring a wealth of knowledge and understanding of myself, science and learning many languages even latin. It makes you humble, you begin to see what are things not what you think they are.

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  5. sueli russi

    February 26, 2016 4:45 pm

    Thank you , dear Autumn. You are very kind to share this video with us !!! warm kisses from Brazil.💚💛

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  6. Badá Rock

    February 26, 2016 4:46 pm

    This came just in time! I'm learning about meditation and you explain it so well! You're such a smart woman, with so many interests. Thank you for sharing this.

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  7. Justin Gulley

    February 26, 2016 5:02 pm

    I meditate to relax so I can sleep. It's strange, sometimes I begin to see disturbing things or just things that make me think "where did that come from?" in my "minds eye". Other times, intense feelings consume me. Overall though I find it beneficial, yet scary at times. Thank you.

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  8. Doreen Maclean

    February 26, 2016 8:47 pm

    💕🌹Autumn🌹💕, your sounding so good. Your soft even voice is so soothing to listen to💕I am really interested in learning to meditate. I feel for me that meditating might be the answer to reducing my stress level, and to feel relaxed more often. Will you consider doing weekly or monthly meditation videos, to help some of us to get started. I really don't know the exact ways to meditate. Any info would be appreciated. You are so inspiring and I feel that I could learn a lot from you.
    Thanks for the great video Autumn, it was nice seeing you and I just love your gorgeous look and soft voice🌹💖You are an amazing sweet girl, and I just love your channel. Have a wonderful weekend Autumn🌞Sending you tons of love and positive vibes from Canada to you, wherever you may be❤

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  9. Amy Love

    February 26, 2016 11:12 pm

    Take it a step further and let go of yourself and enter the astral plains. Now, enjoy your creation, as fear will send you back. It is a very intense and enlightening experience. It is so amazing, one may easily find the desire to consciously choose to reach this state of existence more often.

    Be very decisive on the thoughts that enter your mind when in this state, as what you think will manifest into your reality. Also, the emotions you will experience may be powerfully overwhelming. For example, you discovered that gravity doesn't have to affect you, and can lift off from the grasp of solid objects and move about freely to explore an infinite world of your unconscious mind's creation.

    If you let this emotion overwhelm you, the likeliness of being sent back to the physical realm we live in is almost unavoidable. Enjoy your amazing world of infinite possibilities in a way that is comfortable and doesn't bring any feelings of doubt or insecurities. This way, you will enjoy existence at it's most limitless reflections.

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  10. Adam B

    February 26, 2016 11:49 pm

    I have been meditating now for well over 15 years and it has been a journey. I was introduced to meditating from an American Indian who guided me to my spirit animal, which changed my life. I meditate daily, mostly in the early morning before I go to work. I meditate to prepare myself for the day, and to protect myself from negativity. I tell ya, it works 🙂

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  11. Enigma

    February 26, 2016 11:54 pm

    Hi from the UK… I've studied a lot of videos on BPD since I left my exgf 10 months ago with the condition however, I've learnt so much about myself, codependency is some of what I contain. Your videos have been the best by far and you have such great insight. Meditation is more than I need right now. Thank you Forever Autumn… What a great song too 🙂

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  12. Jessie Writes

    February 27, 2016 4:18 am

    your so pretty Autumn <3 great video. I took a class in college all about meditating. I try and do it as much as I can. I like healing meditations. I also LOVE guided meditations. I will check out your other channel

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  13. Lord Ultor

    February 27, 2016 6:32 am

    I can't meditate, I'm overly stressed and my head can't just calm down. I have even troubles with guided meditations.
    By the way, will you ever publish any guided meditation? I have a book that contains a couple, was thinking about setting them up, but… meh.

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  14. memorystew

    February 27, 2016 11:12 am

    I have struggled with some mental things over the past year, and meditation was one thing that really helped. Thanks for sharing! I really love your videos! 🙂

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  15. TheWolfmoon21

    February 27, 2016 1:26 pm

    i think i recently encountered a transgendered person, male to female, i really enjoyed talking to her as she was very intelligent.

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  16. Mari carrara

    February 27, 2016 4:07 pm

    already subscribed to your meditation chanel 🙂 love this video, you look super peaceful. what about that asmr idea? since you like games, I thought of you recording asmr or even guided meditation videos with some games relaxing soundtracks, like Skyrim's atmospheres sounds. thanks for your videos, you are truly inspiring!

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  17. Natalya Zaharieva

    February 28, 2016 12:24 am

    I know I'm repressing a lot of bad memories/traumas in my life, I've filled/distracted myself with SO MUCH throughout the years, it's all so cloudy now… but these traumas are still controlling me subconsciously… from the shadows. I really think meditation is the best way to help bring these to the surface; I don't think I can fully move on with my life until I face them (whatever they are…) head-on.

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  18. agni

    February 28, 2016 8:54 pm

    Actually, hearing this, I feel like meditation could've helped me a lot in the past probably. Also, although I'm lucky enough to not have any big problems in life at the moment, I think I'll start doing some meditation. It sounds like it could be really nice. Thanks for the great video.

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  19. Débora Ferreira

    February 29, 2016 6:43 am

    i have problems with controlling my emotions, i'm always too angry or too nervous that i just can't deal with some situations. i'll try meditation. i love your videos, you have helped me so much, thank you ♡ (sorry my english)

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  20. DokiDoki Chii

    February 29, 2016 7:32 am

    I would really love to see how you do your makeup, what makeup/skincare products you use and basically just more about you. You're so interesting! Much love, and positive energy! xx

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  21. Stéphanie Marchino

    March 1, 2016 6:59 pm

    hypnotic eyes with hypnotic voice….. have you ever tried doing lecture.. reading tales or something?
    Iris, is that you?

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  22. Ginger Nyx

    March 3, 2016 1:06 am

    Today just saw your videos about your mental disease and now I can see you've grown up and you are beautiful <3

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  23. K Colb Goulding

    March 3, 2016 4:52 am

    does anyone else notice that in all of autumns videos, she looks like she's reading off of something while she talks?

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  24. Autum Wright

    March 3, 2016 7:42 pm

    #WTFU #ProtectYoutubers #MakeYoutubeGreatAgain
    Stay determined, Autumn.
    Please join the fight.

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  25. Jess Strange

    March 13, 2016 5:37 pm

    Your makeup is always so bloody beautiful!

    Will you be making anymore makeup tutorial videos? I hope so!

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  26. Leonardo Madera

    April 9, 2016 7:40 am

    Oh my goodness this absolutely was what I needed. 🙂 You see, I recently began meditating just last week. It has in fact been a whole week since I started and I found out about this through your wonderfully informative videos. I was a bit skeptic since I too have tried yoga before but was not my most preffered method and was a bit difficult since I was a beginner at it too so I eventually stopped doing yoga daily. I was curious to see if the method of deep breathing exercises whilst having my eyes closed would be and feel more beneficial to me and since day one, it has made a drastic change in my life and I feel as though I have you to thank for that! 😊 Thank you so much Autumn! And it too will be helpful for me since I recently had made an appointment to start therapy and my appointment is not until a little over two months time from now and meditating will help me with patience and understanding greatly! Anyhow, I am almost sure you may be asleep or busy at this time so I will not spam excessively nor feel as much of a bother if now is not a particularly good time. But yes thank you and I am so glad to have seen your videos, give us some insight about yourself, and continue with motivational videos such as the ones you have on this channel of yours and the other channel with your alter ego iris. Well goodbye, goodnight and take care. 😌

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  27. theycallmejudo

    May 7, 2016 11:27 am

    Do you make ASMR videos? You should look into doing it if you don't, your voice would be perfect for it!

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  28. Muslim Mystic

    July 5, 2016 2:57 am

    not everything can be used or have the same effect as meditation. For example playing video games can make you angry, sad, irritated or agitated when you lose that will mess up with your peace of mind. Also your eyes are focusing on rays of lights which can disturb the brain frequencies.

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