STRENGTH & FOCUS: Find time to meditate and discover the benefits
Meditation is the way of quieting the mind, relaxing the body, and connecting to the universe – a most valuable practice for the true self and an activity whose benefits can only be appreciated by doing.
Last week, we focused our attention inward and (re)connected with our Self. We’ll continue our journey this week as we further our intention towards self-exploration and discovery, once again setting aside a modest amount of quality time with that most important person and allowing the opportunity to increase consciousness, strengthen the mind/body connection, and tuning in to the present moment.
In our hustle and bustle world, it can be easy to get lost in our routine and forget to prioritize or we may put off certain things until later, but unfortunately, sometimes later never comes. Many people have told me, “I need to relax,” but quickly follow the statement with, “but I can’t find the time,” or “but I’m too stressed out,” which are two major reasons why You should meditate! I’ve also known people to talk themselves out of some much-needed peace of mind under the false belief that certain practices and activities (including mediation, yoga, t’ai-chi, and martial arts in general, along with other relaxation techniques) are far out of reach or may require outrageous obligations. The truth is that incorporating meditation into your everyday life, even just a few minutes a day, is beneficial to mind, body, and soul.
Just a few of the many benefits of daily meditation:
- prevents stress
- lowers high blood pressure
- improves immune system
- increases energy level
- increases happiness and positive attitude
- gain clarity of mind
- emotional stability
*These benefits are just the tip of the iceberg!
For the purpose of this exercise, I would suggest dedicating 30-45 minutes of peaceful relaxation and mindfulness by paying attention to and accepting without judgment the thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations experienced during this time. Please note: the indicated amount of time is only my suggestion. I presume the majority of people reading this have at least 30-45 minutes that they can lend towards their own health and well-being. However, if by some chance you find yourself in the extreme minority and you are having trouble scheduling the suggested time, then I would recommend at least an hour or more of meditation; after all, you’ve been working exceptionally hard and deserve the extra time to relax.
All joking aside, do your best to clear your schedule for your Self and enjoy some well-deserved peace. You will only benefit by including meditation in your day.
To assist your practice and as a special gift for reading my weekly column, I would invite you to download this guided meditation I made as a promotion for friends and my coaching clients.
As always, much thanks to all those who have reached out to connect and share stories. If you have any questions or you are interested in coaching, please e-mail me.
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