The demands of everyday life can drain us as our minds are constantly juggling the many matters that are important to us. Overthinking can cause unwanted stress and exhaustion. Meditation is an excellent way to calm the mind, return to our center, and force the extraneous to naturally fall from view.
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Start small. With meditation, progress occurs over time. Your first session should be short. Renowned yoga instructor, Lauren Eckstrom has a one-minute routine where she stands comfortably in front of a lit candle, breathes in through her nose and out her mouth while gazing at the candle. This is meditation and you can do it anywhere! Just find a space where you’re most comfortable to begin.
Focus on your breathing as it’ll be your guide. Breath deeply and pay attention. What do you feel? Be present, scan your body. Imagine air lifting your body as you inhale and your body being brought back when you exhale. When your mind drifts to unwashed laundry or that unanswered email, direct all attention back to your breathing. Everything will bring you closer to your center.
As you gather the confidence to continue meditating, increase your time spent doing so slowly. Do a few guided meditations. There are many teachers with simple techniques that you may incorporate into your very own. The length of time you meditate is unimportant. What matters is that you develop a PRACTICE. One minute is 60 seconds! Every bit counts.
Don’t become frustrated if you feel your first session is not a success. It’s impossible to do incorrectly. Meditation is a practice that evolves over time and has many benefits! The Los Angeles Times reported a 120% increase of productivity in workers at a Detroit chemical plant. You’ll sure be witness to this advantage as well the moment you begin!
Written by: Candy Mendoza