I find it fascinating that one of the healthiest things I can do is… not much at all!
Outwardly, my meditation practice can’t compare with my other self-care pursuits such as yoga and trail running, but inwardly there is nothing that can compete.
I have practiced meditation for several years now. My personal method is self-developed on the basis of my own collective knowledge, but there are many forms from which to choose and they all have positive effects. Without question, the guided imagery I teach within many seminars is always a crowd-pleaser.
Meditation works by alleviating the manifestation of stress in the mind and body.
Meditation allows us to tap into our parasympathetic nervous system, allowing us to enter into a restorative state, as opposed to the sympathetic nervous system which is associated with a more aroused state and wakefulness.
I meditate every day for 20 to 30 minutes but it can be done anytime, including in the workplace where it is exploding in popularity. As little as 5 to 10 minutes of meditation at your desk or in any quiet place can greatly reduce your stress level resulting in improved concentration and productivity.
When I turn off mental chatter and tune back into my body and breath, I am able to enter a state of calmness that is almost mystical in its nature. And because I have practiced consistently for a long time, I am able to go deeply into that place where my mind and body crave to be.
By making meditation a daily ritual in your life, you will be able to gain better control of your mind as you enter a more restorative state, which reduces your stress level.
I like to look at my practice as an ongoing cultivation of my own inner peace as well. And I can attest to the fact that it has definitely increased my focus, improved my attention, and best of all, heightened my awareness. I believe a strong sense of awareness—living more mindfully— is vital for nourishing one’s inner self.
• Awareness heightens all of my senses enabling me to feel more engaged in life.
• Awareness helps me to let go of worry and anxiety making me feel more peaceful.
• Awareness catches me when I’m hunched over my laptop too long and reminds me to roll my shoulders back, straighten my spine, and breathe.
If you have never tried meditation but would like to, I would advise you start with breathing practices that first calm your mind. Proceed by exploring different meditation techniques such as Primordial Sound, Mindfulness, Zen, and Transcendental Meditation to name a few. Then select a method you are comfortable with and stick with it faithfully.
I have experienced more benefits than I can count from my own practice, including better health, opening my creative flow, increased resilience, and more compassion.
Check it out! And see if “thinking about not thinking” is right for you!
Yours in health,
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Guided relaxation video (18:36 min.)