Do you feel too stressed and busy to find a pocket of time to stop and meditate?…
Let’s face it…due to our fast paced lives, it can be challenging to make time to meditate, breathe, relax and refresh. Meditation is a practical way to de-stress, get grounded, find your focus, and get control over your mind and body. Here are a few tips to help you fit meditation practice into your life.
Short Periods of Meditation
One thing that gals don’t realize, is that meditating doesn’t need to be sitting for a long period of time in solitude. Meditation can be done in almost any place where you feel comfortable, and you can spend time meditating for as little as few minutes. This can train your mind to get used to entering into a period of meditation with a lot less production and waiting. Regular meditation practice, no matter the length, is what is important.
Work Your Way Up to Longer Periods
Once you have gotten used to meditating, you’ll find that you have a much easier time sitting down and getting into a focused state of mind. Try finding a place that is away from your normal living or working environment. When you have the time, begin increasing your meditation periods by increments of 2 – 4 minutes. This will extend your stamina for meditation and take you into deeper levels of concentration. There you can find a sort of clarity that is less commonly available during normal conscious hours. As the breath clears your mind and body of stress energy, you can either focus on specific ideas, simply repeat a mantra, or follow a guided meditation practice.
Brain Clarity in a Few Breaths
It’s clear that meditation can help you to reach levels of relaxation, help you to mull over ideas, and concentrate on specific things, but what else can it do? One of the major changes that you go through after meditation has become a regular practice for you, is that the relaxation that you experience will help to improve your neurological functionality. When you spend a substantial portion of time focusing on breathing and muscle movement, you will note a deterioration of a large portion of your stress. Poor breathing habits can cause and magnify stress on their own, so you can see how important it can be for the body in general.
If you work in an office or from home, try taking a 10-breath meditation. Find a space where you can have a couple minutes of uninterrupted time. Take 10 deep breaths with equal inhale and exhale. Close your eyes and try to relax your facial muscles (especially the forehead and jaw muscles). Let the breath bring you energy and exhale away stress and tension. This practice can be your secret super-power to increased productivity and brain function!