Meditation And Its Effect On Us

meditateYour day has been rough. Maybe the dog ran away, your boss chopped a deadline in half, or your car that has been on its last legs finally broke down. Any way you look at it, some unforeseen event has brought a wave of unwanted stress upon you. While there are a multitude of ways to divert your attention elsewhere or attempt to solve whatever problems have arisen in your life, there’s one that can not only help you deal with how you’re feeling about recent misfortunes, but can in fact improve your well-being in general! It’s a little practice you’ve probably heard of called meditation. Simply implementing as little as ten minutes a day of this technique can work to benefit you both physically and mentally, but it is important to note that the benefits of meditation improve with the frequency with which you practice it.

Let’s start with why meditating is important. Your brain is constantly working and constantly thinking thoughts that may be unrelated to the work your doing or the activities happening within your everyday life. Within our busy lives, it is normal for most people to neglect taking a moment to clear the slate of all the stuff on our mind at any given time. Meditating regularly can work to calm these racing thoughts and bring a lot more focus and tranquility to your days. Sounds pretty awesome, doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t want to eliminate stress from their lives?

Now let’s examine some of the techniques, or how it’s actually done. A few key components are being able to have a word or phrase to repeat. Sit or lie down in a quiet place, close your eyes, repeat the word, and breathe very slowly. The objective here is to develop a way in which you begin to focus on letting go of anything that may be bothering you by concentrating on something as simple as breathing and repetition. When your brain is able to let go of its racing thoughts and simply rest, your body begins to train itself into experiencing a state of relaxation that enhances mood and lowers stress levels, as well as lessening the susceptibility to conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, migraines, insomnia, and many others!

Meditating is simply being aware of the factors in your life and being able to observe them without necessarily reacting to them. Take a step back, relax, sit down, and enjoy being one with yourself!



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