Let’s face it: life is crazy. When averaged out, people get about 88 emails a day and respond to over 60 texts. Our digital world is amazing but swallowing us whole. And that’s just the beginning.
When we look at pressures in the world of social media, and combine that with economic challenges and the fact that we’re constantly exposed to news of looming environmental disasters and horrifying images of wars happening far away, it’s enough to cause a good dose of anxiety in anyone who’s sane.
How does meditation help?
When you meditate, you reduce activity in your brain’s ‘me center’ and neutralize depression.
The basic key to meditation is that it allows you to concentrate more readily on one task at a time, thereby reducing your anxiety.
Want to start? Here are 5 simple steps to start meditating:
- Choose a Space
Commit to a regular space to practice. It’s like buying your binders and pens before the first day of school: you’re going to be ready.
The most important element is that your space is free from distractions, and someplace where you are comfortable closing your eyes and looking inward.
- Zero in on a Time
Get yourself to commit to meditating in a section of your day.
Maybe it’s in the morning after your cup of coffee or mid way through your workday or school day, when most people have left for lunch. Whatever works.
- Start Small
Famous yogis have been known to meditate for days at a time. You don’t need to go big or go home with meditation, though. Start by meditating for about 1 to 2 minutes a day, and build from there.
The truth is, meditating for even a few minutes a day is beneficial for your brain.
It’s important to be able to sit up tall when you meditate so that you can breathe fully and deeply. Some practitioners sit cross-legged on the floor and others use a pillow to sit on.
- Focus on Your Breathing
Breathe in and breathe out. While you start meditating, draw your breath in through your nose and deep into your belly. As you exhale, think about letting go. Continue breathing deeply, and try to empty your mind of any thoughts.
This is a challenge. When a thought does pop into your mind, recognize it and then let it go, and start fresh.
And that’s it- now you’re meditating!
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