“Every day, I demand the world of my mind, body and soul. But, every morning, I receive. I silence my mind so my spirit may speak. I listen so I need not ask. I breathe so I can fuel my soul. I meditate so I can see.” – JennyBean_Love
Stress reveals itself in various forms throughout our lives, and creates agitation. Meditation enlightens and opens our mind, body and soul to self-awareness, perception and expansion.
There are many reasons why people meditate. For some it is part of a spiritual journey and for others it is simply to relax. Regardless of the purpose, each practice shares a common set of benefits:
- Reduces stress
- Improves concentration
- Increase self-awareness
- Lower blood pressure
- Better sleep
- Less anxiety
- Lower cholesterol
Meditation is a personal journey and experience for the self. To get started, here are 7 tips to maximize your daily practice.
Set Aside a Time
Meditation is relaxation in awareness. Select your time wisely, and at your convenience. Avoid blocks of time that will likely be disturbed, and set aside a time when you are free to relax and enjoy.
The hours of sunrise and sunset are ideal for the practice – along with before meals.
Choose a Quiet Place
Just as important as a convenient hour, choose a place where you are not likely to be disturbed. Quiet and peaceful surrounds can make the meditation experience more personal, enjoyable and relaxing.
Sit or Lay Comfortably
Your posture makes the difference in the world. Be relaxed, comfortable and balanced. If seated, sit straight with your spine aligned, keep your shoulders and neck relaxed, and eyes closed. If laying down, extend your legs and arms straight, open and feet and hands facing outwards. Actively focus on relaxing each muscle from head to toe.
Empty Your Stomach
Light on your stomach, a good time to meditate is before a meal. Do not force yourself to meditate when you are very hungry or immediately after a meal.
Warm Up Your Body
A few warm ups before kick starting your meditation will largely improve circulation, remove resistence and restlessness.
For a quick way to warm up, try suskshma yoga exercises.
Take a Few Deep Breaths
Deep breaths will even the rhythm of the breath and lead the mind into peaceful meditative state. Simply take 3 sets of 5-10 deep breaths, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth.
Open Your Eyes Gently and Slowly
As with the open of meditation, close your session in ease. Do not rush to open your eyes and begin movement as your come to an end to your meditation.
Slowly open your eyes and take time to become aware of yourself and your surrounds. Leave your meditative state in grace, and start or end your day with gratitude.