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Meditate: Training your Mind
By Lena Berchielli
Many people hear the word “meditation” and roll their eyes, as they imagine a wise sage chanting on a mountaintop. While that image may be a lofty goal for the zealous few, most people exist more traditionally, and a live little closer to sea level. Meditation is for all, not just for the few sages.
Relaxation is an important part of healthy living. Everyone could use some expertise in true mental and physical relaxation and release. Giving your body a chance to relax is a relatively easy task, especially when compared to relaxing the mind. Meditation trains your mind to relax and open up. Meditation profoundly benefits you both psychologically and physiologically. The diagram below explains benefits for the mind, body, and spirit.
strain the general health of a person physically. Meditation is also known to lower your heart rate, relax muscles all over the body, improve digestion, as well as, build the immune system, and lower pain levels.
Meditation fosters a healthy self-image, increases compassion, and improves empathy. Meditating regularly can make you feel like a new person with renewed insight on a daily basis.
The Mind, Body, and Spirit
Meditation helps sleep, eases stress and anxiety, and increases happiness. Mediation on a regular basis restores the body, revives the mind, and nourishes the spirit.
Learn to Meditate
Meditation, at first, can be awkward and unfamiliar. Sitting in silence, you might realize how many common distractions compete for your attention. The minds of humankind are for the most part controlled by incessant thoughts, many of them are unnecessary. Rather than using energy to fight these hindrances, acknowledge them and release them. Awareness of your thoughts, as well as the distractions that interrupt them, will help you develop a successful meditation practice
Meditation is learning to train and control your thoughts, not to tune out but to tune in and become acutely aware of what’s going on within you. Learning to tame your mind, you can focus all your energy and awareness on the task at hand. You stay centered regardless of your circumstances. Many techniques exist for meditation. The three techniques explained below are simple and great for both beginning and advance meditation alike. Try each type of meditation to understand which technique best resonates with your personality and lifestyle. Start with a 5 minute practice and increase your time weekly. As you improve in your meditation technique, you will find the process gets easier and more fulfilling.
Clear Your Mind
Watch an object
Chant a Mantra
Meditation can be difficult at first. Don’t get frustrated if you are unable to focus on much when you first begin. A meaningful meditation practice needs to be honed. The more you meditate the easier it becomes. With a daily meditation practice you will soon start to see the benefits mentally, physically, and spiritually.
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