I have often mentioned that my day starts with yoga and meditation. Particularly, I find meditation to be the best addition to my lifestyle and I cannot emphasize it enough for others. In my opinion, it is truly fantastico! It energizes me, fills me with positivity and creates a great start to a productive day. I always find mediation to be highly effective for me, physically and mentally. Let me share how…
• It lowers high blood pressure
• It reduces the levels of blood lactate, lowering anxiety
• Increases flexibility and reduces stress related pains
• Produces positive hormones and improves mood
• Improves the immune system
• Creates lots of energy in the body
• Reduced anxiety
• Enhanced creativity increases
• We gain clarity of thought and peace of mind
• Increases focus and concentration
• Reduces tension, anger and irritation
• Brings positivity and optimistic thinking
Impressed? Well, now if you are wondering how to meditate, because people make it sound so difficult and complicated, let me first tell you ‘relax’! it is not so complicated as the media or your friends make it out to be.
How do you meditate?
Sit in a relaxed place, preferably on the floor, with your back straight. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage and belly. Now slowly bring your focus on your breath. Observe how air goes in and then comes out. Observe the beautiful cycle of inhalation and exhalation. Make no effort to control your breath; simply focus your attention. If your mind wanders, don’t worry. Do not go along with it, but let it wander, when you realize it has wandered simply return your focus back to your breath. To start with, keep the meditation period smaller and manageable, up to 3 minutes, and then try it for longer periods as you settle into the method and find it easier to focus.
Some people like to listen to music while meditating but it distracts me. So you can try and see if it works for you. Some people prefer to sit on a chair because of their back, you can also do that. Do not lie down, as you may sleep sooner than you realize 😉
Mediation is truly fantastico, and has worked wonders in my life, during difficult times and normal ones. Do try it out if you are ready to bring about some hanges… let me close by sharing two quotes that I love!
As gold purified in a furnace loses its impurities and achieves its own true nature, the mind gets rid of the impurities of the attributes of delusion, attachment and purity through meditation and attains Reality. – Adi Shankara
When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a candle in a windless place. – Bhagavad Gita