Beating every day stress becomes a whole lot easier with daily meditation. Meditation helps stress melt away,by helping us quiet our mind and strengthen our connection to spirit.
How does stress affect health? Stress can have many adverse effects on your health. Meditation can greatly improve your health on many different levels.
Meditation does not have to be an hour long practice to be effective. Even just three minutes of meditation every day can be very beneficial. With twenty minutes of meditation, it's as good as having a whole night's sleep. You still need a good night's sleep to maintain good health.
There are many different ways to meditate. Even in your every day activities you can incorporate meditation. When you are cleaning or doing the dishes, practice taking deep slow breathes and quieting your mind. Just practice being in the present moment and clearing all thoughts from your mind. You can practice this meditation technique, when you are doing any activities, that don't require thought.
You can practice quieting your mind and being present during your exercise time, as well. Daily exercise, by the way, is another great way to reduce and manage stress. Go for a nice walk, somewhere quiet and peaceful. On your walk practice quieting your mind and being present in the moment. Just practice being silent, without music or other noises. That is also a form of meditation.
Then there is the standard form of meditation. One way to meditate is to sit on the floor, or on a cushion or a mat and cross your legs. A comfortable chair may also work for your meditation. Being comfortable and having your back straight, so your breath flows easy, is the most important thing. It is a good idea to either have your palms facing up or you can connect your thumb and index finger together. By having your palms facing up, it allows you to receive, the healing energy easier. By connecting you thumb and index finger, it allows the chi energy to circulate through your body more.
When you meditate, close your eyes and begin to take some nice deep slow breaths. Focus on your breath and begin to clear away any thoughts that are going through your mind. To silence any of your 'mind chatter' that may arise, just silently repeat the words "quiet my mind" a few times until your mind is silent again. Don't feel that you have to start by meditating an hour at a time, right away. Start with whatever is comfortable, even if it is only three to four minutes. The more you practice, the longer you will be able to meditate. A great intention for yourself, is to build up to at least twenty minutes of meditation.
When you are meditating you can have very relaxing music on or have complete silence. Sometimes music will help someone relax more, for others they find it distracting. Try both and see what works best for you.
You can meditate on manifesting something that you desire, or you can just focus on inner silence. If you choose to meditate on manifesting something, what I recommend doing is, focus the first half of your meditation on inner silence, then the second part of your meditation on what you want to manifest. That inner silence is so very important. It is necessary, to reduce stress in our lives, to completely silence our mind completely. We feel our soul connection to the 'All That Is', God, in this silence.
Another way to use meditation to strengthen our connection to The Creative Source, is to chant the sound of "aahhh" during our meditation. Every name for the Higher Power,in every religion (God, Allah, Krishna, Yauweigh, Ra, Tao, etc...), contains the sound of "aahhhh"... That sound of "aahhh" raises our vibration to a vibration that resonates closer to The Divine Creator.
You can experience brief spurts of meditation throughout your day. If you are at work, and you are starting to feel stressed, go to the restroom, or somewhere quiet and just close your eyes and take a few deep slow breathes and practice quieting you mind for a few minutes. You will be amazed at how well you will feel after that short meditation.
The more you can practice slowing down your breath and silencing your mind during the day, the more you will master beating everyday stress.
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