If you feel overworked and are looking for a calmer pace in life, why not consider meditation? You don't have to be into Yoga or have an instructor or even join a class to do it. You can learn on your own and there isn't that much you need to get started, just a little guidance.
What is meditation? It is a way of calming your mind and achieving focus and internal peace. PsychologyToday.com describes it as, "The physical act of meditation generally consists of simply sitting quietly, focusing on one's breath, a word or phrase."
So many burdens and distractions contribute to a stressful mind. It is difficult or almost impossible to be calm with the negativity in your life. Work problems, family issues, financial burdens-- all of these contribute to stress.
Meditation can help physically, mentally, and spiritually. It can lower blood pressure, relieve headaches, and promote overall good health.
Increased focus is another goal of meditation. It isn't enough to be relaxed. It's a way to channel your thoughts in a positive way, and release the negative. If you can't get to a class, you can meditate in the privacy of your home or office. Take a mat with you, find a peaceful place, and use this time to focus, relax and recharge your inner battery. You can sit on the floor with your mat, but you don't have to. A chair will do. Then close your eyes, breathe deeply and evenly. Become aware of how you feel and what your body is doing. Clear out all of the distracting thoughts. If you aren't accustomed to doing this, keep trying. It will become easier each time.
Choose your mantra. A mantra is simply a sound that you repeat, like Ohmm or uhmm. This helps your mind to stay focused during meditation.
You can meditate in the morning before you start your day, or in the evening to release all of your tension before going to bed. Some do it morning and evening. Do what makes you comfortable. But remember: Meditation isn't a way to fall asleep at night. It isn't the same as resting or taking a nap.
Combine meditation with a balanced diet and exercise, and you will have one of the most effective health routines possible. While you meditate, you can play soothing music or have complete silence. You can use a CD or DVD for instruction, or go it alone. Or you can join like-minded people in a meditation class.
There are many positive benefits to meditation, so why not start today?