January 29, 2016
Today “mindfulness” and meditating are being written about everywhere, and there’s good reason. By taking a few minutes during the day to pause, breathe deeply, and relax, we can “quiet our minds.” This can have a positive effect on muscle tension and the activity of our nervous system.
While scientists are still trying to find a way to conduct definitive studies, those who meditate regularly say they feel calmer and that they can control their emotions a little better. Some even say they see improvements in their circulation, their blood pressure, their heart rates, and their digestion. That’s all good!
While the traditional method of meditating involves 20 minutes or more twice a day, this belief has been re-thought to make it easier for people to fit meditation into today’s busy lives. If you start with a shorter length of time and benefit from it, you may find that you want to extend it. Here’s how to begin:
Experts remind us that meditation is not a task where you succeed or fail. It’s something you just do. Some days your mind may remain on overdrive, despite your intention to meditate. That’s fine. At least you had five minutes of sitting down. That alone can be helpful. The next day try again…there’s no need to feel frustration or anger… just be okay with whatever happens during the time you’ve set aside to meditate.
Just as exercise helps tone the body, meditation helps tone and strengthen the mind.