Finding some peace and serenity within ourselves has become one of the more important things for our mental wellbeing for the last couple of years. Even though meditation has been around for centuries, it only came to western shores in the 20th century, and some people today still do not experience the massive benefits this act can hold for them.
We are becoming more and more bombarded with information, and time is now one of the most expensive currencies as it is very little (for many too little) of it to go around. You know the old saying, there is not enough time in a day. Living in such hectic times means we need to be completely sharp and open to new information and experiences, whether at home or at work. This is where meditation comes in. Making time to meditate will help you find some quiet in the storm, shift your focus, recharge and feel ready for the next hurdle.
This post takes a look at simple hacks you can employ if you have never meditated before. So whether you want to be still while you are sitting in bed, or taking a walk on the beach, our tips should help you achieve the calm and balance you crave.
1. Be Calm, and Aware of your Breath
Before getting started, calm your mind and your breath. Take note of your breaths, making them long and even.
2. Choose your Calm Spot
Meditation sometimes takes up a lot of concentration, you have to clear your mind of all its thoughts, concentrate on your breathing, and not be aware of your immediate surrounding for the time you have decided you wish to meditate. Some people find taking a walk along the beach works best for them, others enjoy reaching that state of calm while in the bath. Make sure you choose a spot that won’t hinder your concentration, and that you experience the space as soothing and calm.
3. Set a Specific Time
If it is difficult for you to keep track of the time, and if you are just starting out, we would advise you to keep track of your session by setting a clock, reminder, or alarm. Start with as little as two minutes. As long as you set realistic goals for yourself and you are able to stay focused on your body and breathing for the time you have designated for your session.
4. Think Happy Thoughts
In essence, you need to quiet your mind beforehand. The easiest way to do so is to think of a calming and desirable state before starting out. If your mind is relaxed it is less likely for it to start wandering and you won’t find that you randomly start thinking about the bill you forgot to pay, or the argument you had with your boss the day before.
5. Seek the Help of a Professional
If you feel you are not really accomplishing anything, and you would prefer having some professional guidance, that is also fine. There are literally tons of self-help books available and you are even able to download free guides online. With these guides you will be guided every single step of the way, so you will be able to get into it fairly quickly and easily.
6. Write it Down
Keeping a journal is a great idea of documenting your experiences while in meditation. Not only will you be able to see how you improve on the times you meditate, but also how the process is going. Think of things like did you get distracted during the session, how many times, how did you feel, and what was going on in your mind. Keeping a meditation journal will add to your daily progress in finding a healthy and balanced life.
Whether you are looking to increase balance in your life or experience the positive energy, we believe that you will prosper on your journey to find a happy and healthy life in 2018. Feel free to contact one of our team members if you would like to discuss any health or healthcare issue.
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