On our quest to decrease stress, we have talked about different types of exercise. Now I would like to like to touch on the practice of meditation. Meditation is not a new practice, like yoga, it has been a part of the Indian culture and religion for thousands of years.
For those new to meditation, keep it simple. Did you know, that just by closing your eyes, you close the door to 80% of the outside world; add a deep breath or two and you can already feel a measure of relaxation. As a beginner, set attainable goals. Finding just five minutes once or twice a day is a good starting point for a novice. Many people find early morning or just before bedtime works well, but the best time is the time that is right for you and your schedule. You will need a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for five minutes. Sit straight with both feet flat on the floor and arms relaxed by your side or on your lap. Simply close your eyes, take a deep breath in and exhale slowly, continue this for another two to three slow deep breaths, in and out. With each breath, you will feel more relaxed. Allow any thoughts to enter and exit your mind by just observing them as if they were part of a play, entering and exiting, letting each thought go as it exits the stage. As you end your meditation, slowly open your eyes and give yourself a few seconds or a minute or so to acclimate you your surroundings.
As you become accustomed to the practice, you may want to lengthen the time you spend meditating. If interruptions are likely to occur, I have found a friendly sign on the door with an approximate time frame, helps others to respect your quiet time.
Practicing meditation has been shown to have positive health benefits and a feeling of well being.
Wishing you good health, happiness, love and peace.
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