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Reap the Benefits of Meditation

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Meditation and Its Benefits

Meditation is a practice with a wide range of meanings for people. For some, it may be part of a religious practice, while for others it may simply be a secular practice for relaxation and restoration. There is no one definition of meditation or one “right” way to do it. In general, meditating involves focused attention, controlled breathing, and a quiet environment.

Benefits of meditation include the following:

  • Improved stress management
  • Better sleep
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Gains in imagination and creativity
  • New perspectives on situations
  • Increased mindfulness
  • Lower resting heart rate
  • Pain management
  • Improved concentration and focus
  • Enhanced emotional well-being

How to Start a Meditation Practice

For a basic meditation:

  1. Sit comfortably in a quiet location
  2. Close your eyes
  3. Inhale through your nose slowly and exhale through your nose slowly
  4.  Relax, be present and open minded

Start with just a few minutes and gradually increase the time to find what works for you. Try meditating at different times of the day. To make this a new habit, insert meditating right after something you already consistently do (like immediately after brushing your teeth).

Once you have the basics down, you can add variety:

  • Change your sitting posture or even lie down, stand or walk
    • Check out Yoga Nidra or Joe Dispenza’s walking meditation
  • Try different breathing techniques
    • Search for “deep abdominal breathing”, “alternate nostril breathing” or “box breathing”
  • Repeat a specific word, phrase, or sound silently or aloud
    •  “I am enough”, “Love”, “Amen”, “Om”, etc.
  • Listen to meditation music with headphones/earbuds
    • Wayne Dyer’s Wishes Fulfilled meditation is my favorite
  • Experiment with guided meditations through YouTube or various apps
    • Vishen Lakhiani’s 6 Phase Meditation is a good one to start with
  • Use hand gestures (mudras)
    • A common mudra is “Prayer position”- press the palms together in front of the chest
  • Add some tapping!!
  • Get assistance with a meditation device

My Meditation Practice

I prefer meditating in the morning, but occasionally I’ll add another session later in the day. I use a combination of all the techniques mentioned above. Generally, I start with a guided BrainTap meditation and then I continue with whatever seems appealing at the time. I may meditate for 10 minutes, or I may continue for nearly an hour. Meditating gives me more energy and mental clarity. This relaxing and restorative practice is an important part of my self-care routine.

Give meditation a try and create your own unique practice. Experience the benefits for yourself!