Spending a few minutes in meditation each day can help reduce your stress level as well as restore your inner peace and calmness.
Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. It originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred forces of life. Today, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction. Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. It produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the jumbled thoughts that might be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process results in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.
Why should we begin a daily meditation practice? There are countless reasons, but here are some of my favorite:
Some of the best benefits of meditation are hard to define. It can help you to begin to understand yourself better, and form a self-awareness level you have never had before.
To get started, here are a few simple ways to practice meditation:
Breathe deeply - Focus on deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling slowly.
Repeat a mantra - Use a favorite mantra of yours, or create your own, whether it's religious or secular.
Engage in prayer - (my personal fave!) Prayer is the best known and most widely practiced example of meditation. You can use spoken and written prayers from faith traditions or your own words.
Read and reflect - Read anything you find inspiring. Perhaps the Bible, poems or sacred texts, and take a few moments to quietly reflect on their meaning. You also can listen to sacred music, spoken words or any music you find relaxing. Some people choose to reflect by writing in a journal as well.
Focus your love and gratitude - In this type of meditation, you focus your attention on a sacred object or being, weaving feelings of love and gratitude into your thoughts.
Do what works for you - even if it is just 2 minutes a day, it will soon become a healthy habit!