Meditation: Stress Relief
It’s has been said that “Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans” and that there are many things that are beyond our control. Yes that is true, but that does not mean we can’t take responsibility for who we are and how we allow our current circumstances to affect us. Our state of mind, is just that-ours; it is ours to cultivate, to develop and to embrace. Life is an ebb and flow of experiences, and our reaction to every encounter dictates the emotional outcome we will have. There comes a point where you must realize that it’s time to let go of what no longer serves you, or choose to become a slave to your emotions. If you want to see the light, you must train your mind to find focus and stillness. Meditation is a great practice available to help you with this process of finding peace and letting go.
Many people when they first think of meditation, picture a monk sitting in silence atop a vast hill or a group of “hippy” people in a circle chanting “Ommm”. Sure sometimes that is what happens, but there are several facets and faces of meditation that include a diverse group of people. Its important to understand that Meditation is the art of bringing your mind, body and spirit into a completely relaxed state. The practice of meditation allows you to develop concentration, clarity, emotional well being, and a quiet understanding of life.
First things first- you must stop saying to yourself that you have no time. Meditation practice can be as long (or as short)as you want, anywhere from 5 to 60 minutes. You can practice it on the go, by just simply repeating a positive “mantra” or sentence, that helps you focus, or you can make it more involved, by lying down, in a calm, lightly dim space and focusing on your breath.
Here is a simple meditation for stress relief:
1) Lay down on a yoga mat in a calm, dimly lit space ( it is helpful to designate an area of your home for contemplation-it need not be a large space)
2) Close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply-
Breathe in, expanding your stomach completely- to the count of 6,holf for the count of 3 and then, gently exhale through your nose to the count of six
3) Scan your body for any tension, making sure that you are not holding your shoulders high and that you are fully relaxed.
4) Repeat as often as you like 🙂
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By: By Ola Lorello