7 Meditation Techniques

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.

 

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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.

 

Why Meditate…?

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

 

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