Why Meditate? What’s all the hype?
Many of us think ‘meditation’ is some activity only worthy of religious mystics and mountain dwelling sages. On some level, meditation can open up ‘other reaches’ of our mind and channels to intuitive insights but it can also be a healthy tool for those of us looking to simply fine tune our concentration, relax and enjoy our life more.
The nuts and bolts of meditation: Find techniques and tools that help you concentrate and focus. Concentration and focus are what we work on first. As these two develop we can then let go of the constant barrage of thoughts that distract us in our moments. But first we work on bringing the mind back to a central point of focus.
Everyone can do it. Yes even you!
What’s needed? The willingness to commit to a certain amount of time each day and then find a few techniques that are accessible to you. Then- do it.
Commit to 3 to 5 minutes a day. If you don’t think you have that much time, the mind is definitely controlling you. Take control back.
Set a timer so you aren’t distracted by thoughts about how much time has passed.
Find a comfortable seat. It is vital that you are comfortable or again your mind will throw obstacles.
Sit in a chair: Have your feet touch the ground. Sit up straight with your back erect. Try not to lean into the back of the chair. Sit up tall and maybe even support your lower back with a pillow to give you the comfort of the lumbar curve.
Sit on the floor: Have your hips elevated so your knees are lower than your hips. Have the spine long. Work to get the lower-lumbar curve and have your shoulders back.
Lying down? You may very well go to sleep. So, Sit up for meditation and then take a nap.
Now you are ready – you have set aside your 3 to 5 minutes. You have found a relatively quiet place to be undisturbed. You are seated comfortably in accord with your body. You can set your phone timer or simply listen to the audio provided here. Now close your eyes and breathe.
The below audio is separated into two 3 minute meditation – you will hear a chime at the end of the first three minutes. You can stop here or go the whole time of 6 minutes – the audio will finish when you hear a second chime. Be realistic about what you can do but also learn to challenge yourself. At any time you feel you don’t know what to do – breathe deep on the inhale and exhale.
1) You are starting a new habit. Give yourself a break.
2) You have been ‘thinking” for as many years as you have been alive.
3) Now you are working on giving the ‘thinking mind’ a break. Give it some time and energy.
4) Do this for 3 weeks and then evaluate how Meditation is going for you.
The effects of meditation are subtle. Look for signs of more peace and calm in yourself. Allow ANY positive effects you may feel or encounter to keep you doing this.
5) Consistency is the BIG THING as you start off. Stay with it ! Do not be discouraged even when you feel you did nothing but think for 3/6 minutes. It is natural. It is part of the process.
Every effort you make towards deepening your happiness in life is worth it. Take time each and every day to be with you to bring more peace and clarity to your life. Happiness is not something we can purchase or acquire. It is something we cultivate inside us. It is already there. It just needs a little love, understanding and concentration. Breathe deep. Be free. Enjoy!
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More on Meditation…..
Science is now doing studies on the health benefits of a regular meditation practice. Meditation can help us to have better focus, relieve stress and live a healthier life overall. In our busy, on-the-go world, we can all benefit from the effects of Meditation. We fill our days with so many “To Dos” and all the gadgets which we think help us do more but at the end of the day, we’re exhausted and really no closer to our goals. Meditation in both your personal and business settings, gives you an opportunity to stop – even for just seven minutes a day – and go inside, to perhaps hear the voice of your own True Self.
Check out this ‘Ted Talk’ which focuses on the fact that “stress will be the health epidemic of the twenty-first century.”
Rob Dorgan or Steve Bolia are available for both Personal One-On-One Sessiona or Corporate Meditation Sessions. Contact us to discuss what is best for you. Corporate References available upon request.
Meditation is ancient practice that can help heal and rejuvenate our body, mind and soul.
Meditation has been proven to have many benefits!
- It can create a deeper state of rest than sleep, allowing a deeper healing to take place.
- It can increase the calming hormones, melatonin and serotonin and reduce stress inducing hormones like cortisol.
- It has positive effects on aging and blood pressure, insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety and depression
For the Mind and Soul –
- Meditation can increase positive emotions like love and compassion.
- Give clarity and focus of the mind.
- Create lightness, humor and balance within us.
- It can open new ways of thought and understanding to help us better deal with grief, fear and limiting ideas.
Please visit our Healthy Living Blog to view more about Meditation. In the mean time, here are two YouTube Videos that we would like to share with you.
Available for private one-hour Meditation sessions.
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one-hour – $60.00
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