Meditation is supposed to induce a simpler, less busy state of mind. But that does not mean that all you need to do is sit down, close your eyes and hey presto: land of peace and bliss! If you’ve tried this you’ll know it’s not that easy. Just as you need to warm up before
Mindfulness as a practice is described as: “Mindfulness is a way of paying attention that originated in Eastern meditation practices” “Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally” “Bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis” American scientists who studied the effects of mindfulness meditation
By: Morgan Dix Are you struggling in meditation? If you are, you’re not alone. It took me around 10 years meditating 2 hours every day before the balance shifted from chronic struggle to steady state meditation. Whether I was falling asleep, losing the plot, dulling out, or just plain forgetting why I was doing it
What could be better than reaching your big goals? Well, it turns out that meditation – something you could be doing daily, at no cost and with little effort – offers benefits that success can’t bring. Meditation as Mindfulness The studies on meditation generally focus on a broad type of meditation that could be called
At first glance, Quiet Time – a stress reduction meditation strategy used in several San Francisco middle and high schools, – looks like something out of the om-chanting 1960s. Twice daily, a gong sounds in the classroom and rowdy adolescents, who normally can’t sit still for 10 seconds, shut their eyes and try to clear
Self healing meditation techniques have been in used for thousands of years in the East. For the longest time, however, the West shunned these seemingly spiritual healing practices. Now, however, we’re discovering that all those ancient self healing technique genuinely work. In this guide to spiritual healing we will reveal the secrets to how to heal.
By Leo Babauta The most important habit I’ve formed in the last 10 years of forming habits is meditation. Hands down, bar none. Meditation has helped me to form all my other habits, it’s helped me to become more peaceful, more focused, less worried about discomfort, more appreciative and attentive to everything in my life.
Meditation has been proven to extend your life, create more happiness, increase inner peace, lower stress levels, increase mental clarity and resolve long-standing emotional problems, including fear, anxiety, depression, anger, and substance abuse. …it’s one of the best things you can do for your brain! 1. Fight Depression Meditation helps create space between you and
There are many studies which have proven that meditation can have a physical impact on your body. The body responds to the commands the mind gives it, and when you practice meditation on a regular basis you train your body to believe whatever it is you would like to change. If you have chronic pain
“Silence is meditation. “Mind means words, self means silence. Mind is nothing but all the words that you have accumulated; silence is that which has always been with you, it is not an accumulation. That is the meaning of self: it is your intrinsic quality. On the background of silence you go on accumulating words, and the words
Visualization, or guided imagery, is a variation on traditional meditation that requires you to employ not only your visual sense, but also your sense of taste, touch, smell, and hearing. When used as a relaxation technique, visualization involves imagining a scene in which you feel at peace, free to let go of all tension
A body scan is similar to progressive muscle relaxation except instead of tensing and relaxing muscles you simply focus on the sensations in each part of your body. Practicing body scan meditation Lie on your back, legs uncrossed, arms relaxed at your sides, eyes open or closed. Focus on your breathing, allowing your stomach to rise
Progressive muscle relaxation involves a two-step process in which you systematically tense and relax different muscle groups in the body. With regular practice, progressive muscle relaxation gives you an intimate familiarity with what tension—as well as complete relaxation—feels like in different parts of the body. This awareness helps you spot and counteract the first
With its focus on full, cleansing breaths, deep breathing is a simple yet powerful relaxation technique. It’s easy to learn, can be practiced almost anywhere, and provides a quick way to get your stress levels in check. Deep breathing is the cornerstone of many other relaxation practices, too, and can be combined with other relaxing
Mindfulness is the ability to remain aware of how you’re feeling right now, your “moment-to-moment” experience—both internal and external. Thinking about the past—blaming and judging yourself—or worrying about the future can generate stress. But by staying calm and focused in the present moment, you can bring your nervous system back into balance. Mindfulness can be applied