Meditation = relaxation. It also results in a state of relaxation that can have huge health benefits. After all, when you’re relaxed and happy, you glow from the inside and look even more beautiful, too—no wrinkle-inducing frowny face or furrowed brow!
Meditation not only helps you age more gracefully but, if practiced regularly, can ward away everything from headaches to eczema, asthma, hypertension and even heart attacks. The physical effects of meditation can include a reduction in your metabolic rate, the heart rate and in-breath speed, while circulation improves and muscle tension disappears. Stress held in the body melts away, leaving you better able to cope with everyday activities.
Meditation helps clear your mind (at least temporarily) of extraneous thoughts which zap energy. You can do this by focusing on just one particular thought. After even just a couple minutes, you will reap the benefits of being more clear-headed and relaxed. Try to be patient the first time you try to meditate, it’s not an easy to feat to clear your head. I still have challenges when I meditate. With ADHD, my mind is all over the place all the time! Be gentle with yourself, just keep practicing. After all, getting frustrated is the opposite of letting go of stress!
Learning To Meditate
So here is the experts advice on learning how to meditate:
* Choose a peaceful, quiet spot where you won’t be interrupted. Don’t just turn your cell phone off, leave it in another room.
* Don’t meditate on a full stomach, it may make you sleepy. Plus, try not to meditate if you are super hungry since you will just think about your next meal.
* Most people find it easier to meditate in semi-darkness. Try lighting candles, turning off the lights or just closing the blinds.
* This seems obvious but make sure you are comfortable. Sitting upright with your lands resting on your lap is the way to go. You really try other positions but remember you don’t want to fall asleep.
* Try to relax every part of you body. Start with your scalp and move down your eyes, your mouth, feel your jaw relax, neck, shoulders, arms, fingers, stomach, legs, feet, and toes.
* Try to concentrate on one neutral thought that is pleasant. A sunset, a pretty mountain view, the colour pink, etc.
* Don’t forget to breath, you want to have a natural pattern to your breath. It can help to focus on your breathing. Feel the air as it enters your nostrils, moving to fill your lungs totally, then slowly exhale. Breathe from your stomach, not your chest, feel your tummy move in and out. Sometimes it helps to count as you slowly breathe in and out.
* If you get random thoughts, pretend they are clouds and watch them float away. Just dismiss them. There’s time to sort through random thoughts later.
* When you are done, do a big full-body stretching session for a couple of minutes before you get up.
* Start with just meditating for a few minutes and work yourself up to as long as you like. As it becomes easier, you’ll find you can meditate anywhere from your office to a car ride (not while your driving though 😉
* You can also pick a mantra to repeat again and again while you mediate to help keep your mind clear. Usually these are words of no meaning, you just make them up. Focusing on a mantra can help stop random thoughts from appearing.
Now, stop reading and try using what you learned to meditate