I discovered the relieving joy of meditation about 6 months ago and have seen significant differences in not only my state-of-mind, but my health as well. While I have always strongly believed in the power of the mind, I can truly say that after my experience with meditation, nothing is more powerful than reflection, deep thought, and personal silence. During my 6 month period of steady mediation, I have not only seen a drastic increase in my personality, but I have gotten better sleep, am significantly less stressed and more mindful of the decisions I make. I find that I worry less, procrastinate less, and think more positively about life, myself and others.
WHY MEDITATE: For those of you who haven’t tried the practice of meditation (which is probably most of you,) it’s definitely something that I recommend. Meditation can help with:
- Decision making
- Reflection on daily issues
- Health issues such as: diabetes management, depression, anxiety, headaches, backaches and migraines.)
- Improved concentration
- And tons more!!
HOW TO MEDITATE: While meditation may seem boring at first, just like many things, it does take some practice! I recommend starting out doing just 10-15 minutes a day. You’ll find that as time goes by, your meditation sessions will get longer and longer with ease. Do a length of time that is comfortable for you.
As far as ACTUALLY doing the meditation, there are several approaches. No, you don’t need fancy pillows, candles and incense to meditate, but if that’s what sets you at peace and makes you feel comfortable, then go for it! All that’s required is a peaceful setting and your mind and body. Here are my two favorite approaches for meditation (keep in mind that there are many more and everyone has their own style!):
- This method is for when you’re trying to change something about your life or own self. Maybe you want to loose weight, be a nicer person, relax, eat better, get better sleep, or anything similar to these issues. Sit with your legs crossed or lay down on a bed or floor (make sure you don’t fall asleep though) and think of a short phrase or word that you will repeat to yourself over and over. Close your eyes, inhale, and as you exhale, slowly say your word or phrase, drawing it out all the way until the end of your breath. Inhale, and repeat again and again…
- This method is for when you are trying to make a decision about something in your life or have a problem to deal with. Sit with your legs crossed or lay down on a bed or floor and think about the problem/decision you are facing. Here is the tricky part: you have to separate your thoughts from yourself. Image your thoughts floating across your mind as you are watching, reading and examining them. Rather than REALLY thinking about them and allowing your mind to jump all over the place, you have to learn to “view” your thoughts rather than think about them. Don’t let any other thoughts intervene. It’s hard to explain and hard to do, but with practice, it is easily achievable.
The more consistent you are with meditation, the better it will work. By taking even 15-20 minutes out of your day to solely focus on you and your mind, can truly make a huge impact on your personal well-being. Try it. I bet you’ll be surprised.