Meditation is a wonderful way to clear your mind, focus inward, reduce stress, and improve your health. Meditation can assist with health issues such as reducing high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. In my next blog post, Meditation For Pain Relief, I will write about how meditating can even control physical pain. If you have never meditated before, I encourage you to try it. Although it may seem very difficult at first, with practice, it does get easier.
Fortunately, you need not run to the hills to meditate! You can meditate anywhere and at anytime. It is simply creating quiet time for yourself, being still, and allowing a break from the busyness of life. It is a time to focus on just you. It is your time to “shut out the world” for a moment and calm your mind, body, and spirit by directing awareness inward.
I remember the first time I tried meditation. I went to a class and sat cross-legged on my pillow with 30 others. The instructor began by saying “everyone close your eyes and start breathing deeply, focus just on your breath.” Being a multi-tasker, I wondered how I was ever going to do this. Focus my mind on just breathing? Train my mind not to think?
A thousand thoughts immediately rushed through my head. “Stop!” I told myself. “Only think of your breath!” It was difficult, but I learned even if I could focus my mind on my breathing for 10 seconds before a thought popped into my head, that was pretty good!
The timing of when I started meditating coincided with one of Deepak Chopra’s 21 Day Meditation Challenges. Anyone could participate in Deepak’s meditations by joining him online as he led a daily meditation for 21 days. Each meditation was only 20 minutes long and was easy to incorporate into my life on a daily basis.
I now routinely meditate for 20 minutes when I first wake up. Sometimes, I like to meditate for 20 minutes before I go to sleep too. I also enjoy meditating with a group as there is an uplifting energy in the room when people come together and meditate in unity.
It has been my personal experience that meditation does relax me, reduce my stress, and improve my health. In my case, it helped tremendously to reduce my high blood pressure. In addition, meditating strengthens my internal energy and life force, as I endeavor to reach a state of pure awareness.
Whether you meditate alone or with others, it is always refreshing and rejuvenating for your mind, body, and spirit. Whether you have 5 minutes or an hour, it is important for your well-being to meditate daily and make it part of your routine. Create time to nourish your body and soul. Be kind to yourself.
Love & Light,
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