With so much that goes on in life, it’s easy to feel entrenched in this never-ending cycle of stress and anxiety. We find ourselves running down a path, reaching towards happiness, but sometimes it’s nowhere in sight. Something unexpected occurs, as life always brings this, and an overwhelming feeling encapsulates every ounce of energy that lives within us. If this is currently where you find yourself, you likely feel as though you can’t escape the madness. It may feel like everything is spinning, but there is a way to find balance in this chaos. It all starts by taking a deep breath.
Meditation has been around for over 5,000 years and has provided people with a sense of peace and calmness despite whatever was going on in their mind or in their external world. Americans have picked up on this transformative practice over the years, as there are now 18 million adults in the U.S. alone that benefit from this healing approach, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Forbes Magazine highlights the many benefits of meditation, including: its ability to help preserve the aging of the brain, its reduction of activity in rumination and “me” thinking, its ability to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, its ability to shift our perceptions, and more. If you’re ready to find healing and enlightenment through this restorative journey, take into consideration the following meditation techniques:
- Meditate comfortably. Don’t force yourself to sit in any fancy position that will make your legs hurt. If you have difficulty sitting while doing this, you may even want to try a standing or walking form of meditation. Go with what makes you feel comfortable so that you have the best opportunity to connect with yourself.
- Don’t try to control your breathing. Let it come and go naturally. Focus most of your attention on how you breathe, by simply observing within yourself the breathing experience.
- Attempt to watch your thoughts without controlling them, either. Most people want to “shut off” certain thoughts, but this can only make the pesky ones come back even harder than before! Simply accept and observe them, placing no meaning to them whatsoever.
Find your balance by practicing meditation. Begin your journey to healing and restoration today.
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