Meditation has come a long way in recent years. It is done more now than ever before and is included in schools, healthcare facilities and offices around the world. Meditation is a practice that can bring you a time of peace and calm in an otherwise busy day.
The art of meditation is an ancient practice. Just a few thousand years ago, it began its trip around the globe and over this time it has become part of many religions, taken many forms and has helped people in a myriad of ways. Studies have shown that meditation can help with anxiety, stress, addiction, high blood pressure and pain management.
Never meditated before? No problem. Below are simple steps to start you off on a new path of wellness!
1. Sit comfortably in a chair or on the floor, whichever you prefer. If meditating at night, you may choose to lie down. Meditation can lead to a state of relaxation that may help you fall asleep.
2. Close your eyes and focus on nothing. Just breath normally for the first few minutes. Don't worry if your brain keeps firing off thoughts about your day. Simply release them and keep breathing.
3. As you begin to feel more relaxed, breath in deeply through your nose and breath out through your mouth. Go slowly and release any tension in your body. Relax your muscles.
4. Continue for three to five minutes. Once you are comfortable with this practice, increase the time you spend meditating.
These beginner steps don't include visualization or other meditation enhancements. The most important part of meditation is spending time with yourself and becoming more and more mindful of your body and how it feels when you allow the process to work.