A key to unleashing the essentials, reaching goals and feeling happy with your life is to always be in touch with what emotions, thoughts and beliefs you hold. These create your reality. This will require some time to decompress and reflect. Your first step is to make it a priority and get it into your day planner. Once you set the intention to make this time, you can use the suggestions that follow.
Time to reflect can be referred to by many names: mindfulness, prayer, decompression or even meditation. Whatever you prefer to call it, the intention is to slow down, get clarity, and facilitate healing of the body & mind, while connecting within. I refer to this practice as meditation.
What does it mean to meditate?
The Encarta World English Dictionary Definition is:
emptying or concentration of mind: the emptying of the mind of thoughts, or the concentration of the mind on one thing; pondering of something: the act of thinking about something carefully, calmly, seriously, and for some time, or serious study of topic: an extended and serious study of a topic
Benefits of Meditation
The benefits of meditation are numerous. In your hectic fast paced life you are surrounded by “syndromes” that are a result of the body being chronically stressed. In this stressed state your sympathetic nervous system is turned on overtime and over load. This is the “fight or flight” reaction that your body is only meant to be in at times of survival or threat. How often do you have physical stress or emotional stress in your day? Meditation or mindfulness is the act of stimulating the parasympathetic response. This is the relaxation response that your body needs to be in so that your cells can function properly, your mind can think clearly and you can feel calm.
- Stress reduction
- Improve immunity
- Emotional balance
- Relief of irritable bowel symptoms
- Lower blood pressure
- Regulate hormones
- Calmness and clarity of the mind
The research is mounting for the immense ways that meditation is beneficial. The only question really is “why isn’t everyone meditating”? If you find yourself saying “I don’t know how, or I can’t quiet my mind, or I don’t have time” it is just ego stopping you. Take that step to better health & wellness and start meditating today.
To give you a hand, I have a number of guided meditations on my You Tube channel Leanne Giavedoni. Here is a link to get you started.