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If you are reading this then you likely have read or know firsthand some of the benefits meditation offers. The primary purpose of meditation is to quiet the mind and remove the unnecessary chatter and internal dialog. All of us know what it feels like to feel stressed. Often when this occurs the mind will resort to negative dialog that only compounds the problem. Meditation helps clear the mind and with it you can discover a whole new person. Benefits can range from subtle to profound.

Common benefits of meditation

·         Decreased anxiety

·         Greater awareness

·         Feelings of happiness

·         Reduced stress

·         A sense of wellbeing

·         More energy

·         Better sleep and requiring less sleep

·         Increased concentration

Getting Started

Meditation can be both simple and hard at the same time. It is simple in the fact that really all you have to do is clear your mind of all thought and internal dialog. Unfortunately that is not always as easy as it sounds. The mind often tends to not want to shut up. This is often known as the ‘monkey mind’. Here are some basic ideas to get you started.

1.       Stretch your body.  Before even sitting down to meditate take a few minutes to some basic stretches. You should do some static stretches and some ballistic stretches to warm the muscles. Spending a few minutes to stretch before meditation will make a big difference. If you are having difficulty relaxing during meditation or feel itchy, tight or uncomfortable then you should increase the time you stretch before beginning your meditation.

2.       Begin in a seated posture. There are quite a few different meditation poses but there is no need to start out complex. At first you should try sitting up straight. Avoid curve in your back or bending over.

3.       Focus on your breath. As you begin your meditation session focus your thoughts on your breath. At the same attempt to quiet your mind and reduce your thoughts to only your breath. This will take a bit of practice but in time you will find your mind getting quieter.

4.       Let thoughts pass by.  When you meditate you will inevitably have your mind begin to start running dialog. This could be about work, what you plan to eat later, a conversation you intend to have with a family member or friend, politics… anything. When this occurs, simply let it go and bring your mind back to the breath. Don’t fret about it or consider it a failure. Moving your mind back to the breath and letting go of these thoughts is part of the process.

5.       Experiment with resonant tuning.  Resonant tuning is the process of humming to yourself as you meditate. For some this is perhaps one of the most important parts of meditation. The humming works because it massages the central nervous system. Structures in the brain begin to resonate and in doing so must relax and the mind becomes clearer. Try at first 30-60 seconds at a time with a few minutes in between. Notice the difference in how you feel with different pitches and volume.

 

 

 

 

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