Martial arts is more than just a physical practice. It incorporates elements of mindfulness, concentration, and self-respect. With that, meditation can be a powerful tool used to help fight stress, clear your mind, and so much more. When it comes to meditating, what are the benefits, and how can you make sure you’re making the most of your martial arts practice?
A Few Moments a Day
Meditating doesn’t have to take forever. In order to practice your meditation, you really only need a few moments per day. Take a moment or two of your downtime to close your eyes and relax, focusing on as little as possible. Apps like Headspace and Calm can help guide your meditation if you need some direction, otherwise a full-body scan is a great place to start to help clear your mind.
Taking a break in your day to meditate can help reduce stress and clear your mind. Once your attention is focused in the right place (or nowhere at all), you’re able to clear your mind of the tasks you have to do throughout the day, ultimately leading to a moment of relaxation and bliss. Don’t worry if you’re not that great at clearing your mind right away. Much like martial arts, practice can be exactly what you need to get better at being mindful.
Meditation and Martial Arts
Those who practice meditation in addition to their martial art of choice see better results in concentration and focus. Martial arts requires students to pay attention, focus on the task at hand, and clear their mind of outside worries, so meditation is an easy choice to help with these factors. Give meditation a shot and you may notice a clear difference in your concentration and focus during class!
Meditation may seem like an overwhelming concept that takes too much time and dedication. While it does take some time to practice and a dedication to a meditation routine, it’s certainly something that anyone can accomplish, ultimately benefiting you in a major way!
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