Life can get pretty busy and complicated sometimes. With all the rushing around, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and caught up in the craziness. But how do you get out of the swirling stress eddy and center yourself again? Meditation is one way to help you calm down and clear your mind of life’s stressful thoughts.
Meditation is good for you for a lot of reasons. There are the health benefits like boosting your immune function, decreasing pain and fighting inflammation on a cellular level. It also helps to boost positive emotion, which helps to decrease depression, anxiety and stress.
Consistent meditation can help your brain for the better. It helps to increase gray matter and volume in areas that help regulate emotion and self-control. Can you believe it also helps you be more productive? All these benefits from just sitting quietly.
Because you’re clearing the mind and taking out the junk, it allows you to focus better and can improve your memory.
Do you ever feel like you’re a slave to your racing mind, unable to focus and accomplish what you need to? Meditation is like a tune up on your car. It clears out the junk, tunes up your systems and gets you running again. It helps you to clean the slate and focus on moving forward instead of being flustered and running yourself ragged.
Is your mind running on a continuous loop of a daytime soap opera? Drama, drama, drama with a little craziness thrown in. It doesn’t have to be like this. Meditation helps you turn off the reruns and regain focus. The more you meditate, the more it helps you.
But how do you start meditating? You might have some preconceived notions about where you have to do it and what you have to wear. Just take a deep breath and relax; getting started is simple.
You don’t have to sit in the lotus position or do it for a set amount of time. Even if you can’t sit down, take a walk or sneak away for a few minutes and do some breathing exercises. Short, frequent meditation sessions work just fine. Just take some time to not do anything except focus on yourself and your breathing. And don’t worry if your mind isn’t clear when you start. That’s what this exercise is about, clearing your mind and finding your balance.