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Meditation for a Calmer, Happier Life

meditateMany people have heard of meditation, but have never done it. These people tend to make excuses that it’s not for them or they just don’t get anything out of it. If that sounds like you, I want to challenge you to give it a try again. Meditation can work for you, but you need to give it a chance to work. You need to believe in it for it to work. Before turning away, learn about the benefits and then learn some of the tips to make it work for you.

The Benefits of Meditation

According to The Art of Living, meditation has the following benefits:

  • It reduces stress. This includes physical, mental, and emotional stress.
  • It releases accumulated stress in your body. When you become stressed, while you feel better after a while, residual stress can still be a problem.
  • Meditation has many health benefits such as lowering high blood pressure and improving the immune system.
  • You increase your energy level with meditation.
  • Your mood could improve because it increases serotonin production.
  • You may find you are more creative.
  • You may feel happier.
  • You can develop your intuition.
  • It can give you clarity.
  • You may not feel as though your problems are as big as they are before you meditated.
  • Meditation can expand your consciousness to understand more about the world around you.
  • You’ll feel more balanced and at ease.

Meditation is the act of bringing yourself back to the present moment. It will help you focus on the here and now. While you may think you are already present, when was the last time you just listened to what was around you like the chirping of the birds or the peacefulness of silence. It doesn’t have to be a bad thing to hear absolutely nothing. You can embrace it and derive power from it.

Stay with me here because once you understand how to do meditation, you’ll look forward to it each day.

Tips and Tricks to Meditation

Meditation doesn’t have to be hard. You don’t have to listen to a recording or music. You don’t have to light candles or do anything extra. You can do it standing or sitting down, but most people prefer sitting because it’s comfortable. It’s best not to lie down though because it may end up putting you to sleep.

The best way to do meditation is to sit and close your eyes. The first thing you do is pay attention to your breathing. Listen to it and feel it. If your breathing becomes faster because you’re paying attention to it, slow it down. Take a deep breath and then let it out slowly. Do this a few times.

The next step is to focus on each part of your body starting with your feet. With self-talk (speaking to yourself in your mind), tell each part of your body to relax. Some people need to tense each part and then release it to make it relax. Try that if you’re having trouble letting go.

Once you’re relaxed, start to pay attention to what’s around you. Listen to sounds and just be still. When thoughts come into your mind, allow yourself to think about them for a moment and then let them go. Just release everything that interrupts your ability to just be in that exact moment.

Some people enjoy incorporating visualization with their meditation. They envision being in a large place where nothing will harm them. They feel most relaxed when they are in this place.

Allow yourself to do this for as long as you can. When you’re ready to come out of your meditation, tell yourself (self-talk) that this is the way to be and live life…in total peace as you feel at that moment.

As you go through your day, remember how you felt when you were meditating, and if you can, close your eyes for just a moment to feel what you felt while you were meditating. It can give a great boost.

Try meditation today. If you need help or want to improve your life even more, contact Kendall Van Blarcom – a personal consultant helping people just like you find happiness and peace in their life.

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