26 Feb Benefits of Meditation
By Blue Goo Staff
If you regularly mediate, you know the spin: It reduces stress, improves concentration, increases happiness and more. New to the concept? Here’s a few reasons to try zoning out a few minutes a day:
Physically, Mediation Can: Lower high blood pressure, reduce anxiety attacks, lower tension-related pain, increase serotonin (which improves mood and behavior), improve the immune system and increase energy levels, says the Art of Living.
Mentally, Meditation Can: Reduce anxiety, stabilize emotions, increase creativity, focus and happiness and develop intuition.
Start Small: The thought of meditating can be daunting. Start with three to five minute sessions.
Understand What Meditation Can Do for Stress, Anxiety, Irritability or overthinking: Meditation can boost your resilience to stress. For those with anxiety, meditation can reduce the tendency towards physiological overarousal and calm the nervous system.
Understand the Principles of Meditation: Meditation isn’t just about focusing without being distracted, it’s becoming aware of when your mind has drifted sooner. Meditation can also help redirect your attention back to your point of focus without criticizing yourself.
Do It Your Way: No New-Agey CD’s needed. Walking boosts concentration and reduces distraction, so try walking for 10 minutes instead. For one minute each, focus on the feeling of your body moving, the feeling of your breath, the sensations of wind and air, what you hear and what you see. Follow that with five minutes of “open” awareness.
Forget All or Nothing: Don’t get overwhelmed by the need to meditate on a regular basis. Formally start with that walk then work informal meditation routines into your schedule. That’s as easy as paying attention to your breaths every time you switch tasks. Here’s six mindfulness exercises that take less than a minute.
Traditional Meditation: If you’d like to try the old-fashioned route, select a quiet place to meditate and something soft to sit on. Choose a “soft” timer to alert you when your 10 minutes are over. Sit with your back straight, and whether your eyes are open or closed is up to you.
What you do with your hands, and whether you kneel or how you cross your legs is a personal choice, too. Posture is the key here.
Daily is the Charm: 10 minutes of daily meditation beats 70 minutes once a week.