When you hear the word "meditate" what images come to mind?
While there are forms of meditation, the practice comes in many forms, prayer, sitting quietly, ritual exercise or gentle walk, viewing art/listening to music.
With a new week ahead, which form do you practice or would like to try this week?
The simplest form of mediation is breathing, and can be done each day for only a couple minutes at a time or up to 30 minutes. The goal of a breathing meditation is to allow the mind to rest from thoughts, which means allowing thoughts to pass through, rather than tending to each one as it enters the mind.
Once you've strengthened your meditation routine, experiment with:
- practicing at other times
- at your desk before a long meeting
- after a workout
- at bedtime
- whenever safe to close your eyes and allow your concentration to move inward
Along with mental health and emotional health benefits, meditation and deep breathing may help with:
• Allergies • Anxiety disorders • Asthma • Binge eating • Depression • Fatigue • Heart disease • High blood pressure • Chronic pain • Sleep problems • Substance abuse
As you experience the benefits, experiment with new meditations. Meditation will help to slow your mind from the fast-paced nature of today’s environment, allowing your intuition to show itself more
strongly and aligning you more with your intentions.
Learning to “be” with the present is the goal of meditation and using our gift to breathe in the best ways.