Meditation, also known as mindfulness is a powerful way to relieve stress levels. Even with a hectic schedule, meditation done for as little as 15-20 minutes a day can help achieve stress reduction.
Meditation is an excellent source of relaxation after or before a stressful event in your life. Meditating before going to work can make your entire day more enjoyable. Continued daily practice will bring about astounding improvements in your overall outlook on life.
If you’ve been through a stressful event that’s caused high anxiety, this is the technique is a very important tactic. Meditation is recommended and widely in use for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
There are many techniques of meditation taught around the world. I learned Transcendental Meditation early in my adult life and that’s what I recommend. But the initial cost is expensive. So, keep in mind that it’s a one-time expenditure with benefits that you will use for the rest of your life. However, there are many other equally effective meditation techniques.
“The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation.” —Milarepa
Please know that meditation itself is not a religion. This is a common stigma that keeps many people from enjoying its benefits. It is first and foremost a technique of relaxation that when regularly practiced will relieve your anxieties and enhance your overall aura of life.
You can meditate just about anywhere for a few seconds or minutes. Places that come to my mind are while waiting for the light to turn green, sitting on a park bench during a break from work, or at your desk to add a quick uplift to your spirits anytime, anywhere.
The best place for longer periods of meditation is at home. Keep those fur babies otherwise occupied because unless they are completely docile, they will interrupt your meditation session.
Next, ensure that your clothing is loose. Clothes that bind will restrict the stress from leaving your body.
Find a comfortable place to sit with your arms and legs relaxed and your head in an upright position. If you lay your head down, you’ll fall asleep and that’s a different state of mind. The state of mind we want to reach with meditation is the alpha state.
When you are comfortable, take three deep breaths in and out. Then let your mind go free. It helps if you have a key word (mantra) to repeat in your mind over and over throughout your meditation session. With practice, it will become so effortless that when you silently start repeating your mantra, you will naturally slip into the alpha state which is where your mind is able to relax and release stress.
The rest is taken care of by your mind in its relaxed state. Here is a a picturesque explanation.
Think of stress as little bubbles at the bottom of a lake. These little bubbles are traumatic events in your life. When the water is all choppy and dirty, the bubbles get stuck at the bottom of the lake in the mud where they fester and continually grow larger.
When you meditate, the lake becomes still and clear. Then, those little bubbles can start rising to the top where they will be dissipated by the air and that piece of stress will be gone from your life forever. You will still have the memory of the event but eventually you won’t feel the trauma.
Sometimes there are a lot of stress bubbles that form around a single event and you may have to relive it over again several times during meditation to work it entirely out. Again, you will still remember the event but you won’t feel the debilitating emotions surrounding that event. Understand? Great!
Now start that routine of 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the late afternoon.
See? There’s no great mystery to it. This simple technique works great and lasts throughout your day or refreshes you for your evening. You may also wish to explore other types of meditation such as guided or music.
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