Meditation- Fit It into Your Life!

MeditationMeditation is a practice to induce the mind of consciousness. Sound complicated? Meditation is simply going into a relaxed state of mind to reflect and decompress.

Before I performed some research on meditation, I was under the impression meditation is a long process that requires a lot of time. Guess what? all you need is 30 minutes a day of meditation. Yes, just 30 minutes. I decided to try it out for myself for a month. That way, when I posted this article I could report my findings. After my research I found that: meditation has been a great addition to my lifestyle and has helped me quite a deal.

First, I made sure I was methodical about it. You cannot skip a day; you have to be consistent. How did I maintain this consistency? Well, whether it’s a full time job, a family, or just plain juggling your life; it’s hard to put time aside, right? I thought to myself: “in order to remain consistent, I will have to pick a designated time and build my schedule around it”. Then I thought to myself: “what about meditating before bed?” The arrangement worked our perfectly. I reflected on the day, and entered into a state of complete relaxation. It has even helped me sleep better.

Next, this is quite the obvious one: NO DISTRACTIONS. Turn everything off: that means detach yourself from your cell phone—from all electronics. I can’t believe I didn’t start meditating earlier solely for this reason! It’s great to get away from all that noise.

Alright, so consistency, silence, and no distraction; what’s next? Close your eyes, and take deep breaths in-and-out. Exhale the bad and negative energy, and inhale the good and positive energy.

Lastly, dress comfortably. This is important. You’ll be sitting on the floor with your legs crossed. The first night I decided to meditate in jeans; and I was squirming all over the place. So: sweats and a loose shirt.

That’s it!

My research also found something else:

“Since then, studies on the relaxation response have documented the following short-term benefits to the nervous system:

  • improved blood circulation
  • lower blood pressure
  • lower heart rate
  • less perspiration
  • slower respiratory rate
  • less anxiety
  • lower blood cortisol levels
  • more feelings of well-being
  • less stress
  • deeper relaxation” [1]

Give meditation a shot! Just 30 minutes a day of  meditation, will make all the difference in your busy life.

[1] Inner Idea, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://life.gaiam.com/article/meditation-101-techniques-benefits-beginner-s-how>