You care about your body. You want to improve it in every way possible. While it’s great to seek out the newest technology, study the newest data & benefit from the newest supplements – there are also ancient techniques that have survived through the ages for an important reason – they work.
Don’t discount the fact that something as traditional as meditation can be the key to unlocking depths of mental & physical health you’ve never experienced before.
Below are 3 simple meditation techniques for beginners to start with. Give these a chance & you may find that meditation is the key to additional mind & body improvements you never expected possible.
The Art of Meditation…
When you hear the word meditation you may think of religion &/or superstition. The fact is though – meditation is an ancient art form designed to reduce stress & improve overall health. In recent years, health researchers have started to seriously investigate & harness the power of meditation.
Think of it this way – you constantly look for ways to work out your body, your lungs, to build your endurance…Meditation is the ultimate workout – except for your brain.
Meditating is ultimately the art of focusing 100% of your attention on one thing for a period of time, helping the body to heal & perform its most important functions with greater ease.
The Benefits of Meditating…
Studies have shown meditation to help address problems such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress & even pain.
Below are 5 tips to keep in mind for proper & productive meditation.
Tips for Proper Meditation
1) Get Comfortable: Meditation does not necessarily mean that you have to sit cross-legged on the floor in lotus position!
If that is not a comfortable position for you, you will never be able to properly focus. Meditation is the art of focusing 100% of your attention. If you are distracted by a foot that is falling asleep or an itch or some other sort of discomfort you will not be able to achieve full & proper meditation. Find a quiet space & sit in a way that is comfortable & allows you to focus.
2) Meditate In The Morning: Often the early morning is a quiet time before the business, demands & challenges of the day. The morning is a great time for you to find quiet & solitary peace that will allow you to transcend into a tranquil state.
Also, after you’ve gotten up & shaken off the lingering snatches of sleep, it is less likely that you will be tired & less likely the mediation will simply spiral into a short nap session!
3) Stretch: Stretching helps to focus your attention on your body, helps to loosen muscles & helps you to sit or lay more comfortably. A good workout session followed by a short period of meditation can work very well.
The exercise tires your mind enabling you to slow down or even stop your flow of thought for a controlled period of time.
4) Pick A Focus: It is important to remember that meditation is an active process in which you are engaged in a purpose. Pick something specific to focus your attention on or else your mind will continue to wander.
For instance, with your eyes closed picture a loved one. Imagine their face in your minds eye. The more detail you can bring to the picture in your mind the better. Practice this & you will find that your ability to focus in any situation dramatically improves.
5) Focus On Your Breath: Not sure what to focus on? Start by focusing on your breathing. As you do you will become more aware of your body, relax your muscles & slow your heart rate.
6) Make It A Routine: Like anything, your body is more likely to adapt to a new practice if it becomes a set routine. Try to mediate at the same time each day to help your body expect & anticipate the meditation session. Also, if you can try to meditate in the same room, sitting in the same way, etc. These patterns will help the routine to develop & strengthen your technique.
7) Relax & Don’t Stress: It may feel like you aren’t getting it at first, but this is totally normal. Just remember to relax, the entire point of the exercise is to reduce & eliminate stress so there is no need to stress bout the exercise itself. The calmer you are, the more quickly you will pick up on the practice & reap the rewards!
…And finally, it is important not to get frustrated.
Meditation is an exercise meant to increase concentration, decrease anxiety & help encourage the overall feelings of well-being & happiness.
If you look into the habits of highly successful people you will find that a high percentage of them have a routine of regular meditation… Is this just a coincidence or could it be that this simple natural process is an integral part of achieving success?
To Your Best Health,
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