8 Weeks to Better Living: Exercise + Meditation
Thursday, March 08, 2012
I know what you’re probably thinking, I’m too busy for this. Who has time to sit around in the lotus position for hours on end chanting? The good news is that meditation doesn’t have to take up more than a few minutes of your day and most anyone can find a practice that works for them. I started by listening to rainforest sounds and focusing on my breathing. That’s it!
1. Stress reduction
Stress takes a tremendous toll on us and our overall health. It contributes to or exacerbates nearly every single illness, disease or painful condition the body endures. Studies show that meditation can be a powerful piece in reducing stress and improving health and wellness.
2. Physical benefits
Meditation enhances the immune system and reduces viral activity in your body. It can actually help lower your cholesterol, your blood pressure and bring the endocrine system into harmony.
3. Mental focus
Meditation helps to increase concentration and memory. Bringing focus and relaxation to your mind, helping you to think more clearly as well as retaining information more efficiently. This is the main reason I have come to love meditating so much. I find that my thoughts are clearer and my problem solving ability in enhanced. I sometimes ask myself a question at the beginning of my practice and just wait for the solution to come.
4. Emotional restoration
Meditation helps reduce depression and anxiety. Learning ways to relax and soothe ourselves empowers us to re-gain control during difficult times.
Meditation helps you connect with your inner self, your higher power as some like to call it. It isn't about religion or what your beliefs are. It IS about connecting with the energy that brings you peace and restoration.
You will likely see improvements in your life with as little as five minutes of meditation a day. I have found it can be addictive and look forward to the 15 to 30 minutes that I spend daily. It’s easy to learn and free. A Web search will yield lots of resources on different meditation practices; with a little research you can find one that is right for you. For more information on meditation resources visit CanditaClaytonLiveBetter.com.