Mind Your Mind
In alignment with mindfulness and yoga, is another present-minded based practice called meditation. While the goal of meditation is essentially not having a goal, but to remain simply in the present state of being, there are countless documented benefits to the nervous system.
In the same way that we take care of our bodies physically through proper nutrition, exercise, sufficient water intake, and sleep, we also need to take care of ourselves mentally and emotionally. Incorporating meditation into your daily life is a simple way to care for and nurture that side. Anyone can learn, and even teach himself or herself, how to meditate.
There are all different types of meditation. There is mindful meditation, where the meditator simply lets thoughts float in and out through the mind without judgment or further thought. There is concentration meditation, where the meditator picks a focal point, such as concentrating on the breath, chanting a mantra, watching a candle flame, counting mala beads, or even listening to arepetitive sound, and uses that to keep the mind still. There is walking meditation, where the meditator moves and keeps that mind from drifting by focusing on the breath and each step taken. There is something for everyone, and whether you meditate for three minutes or three hours, the benefits can be immediate and long lasting.
We live in a world of constant stimulation. We put expectations, demands, and judgments onto ourselves. Oftentimes, others put these things on us too. With the weight of the world, our daily lives and personal struggles, sometimes we just need to get out of our heads; sometimes we need to just let everything go. Sometimes we just need to breath. Meditation can help promote feelings of deep relaxation, well-being, peace, and acceptance. It can also help lower blood pressure, heart rate, blood cortisol levels, stress levels and anxiousness. Through an ongoing practice of meditation, one can obtain a sense of inner balance and the ability to let go of external circumstances and internal emotions. You are giving yourself a gift by allocating time for nothingness.
So, now the next question that must be on your mind is, how do I start meditating?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UyJG2b8FMc (How to meditate in 5 easy steps)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSNpGyG2jSw (Guided meditation with Deepak Chopra)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7JcGThpR4E (Zen spirit relaxing songs and sounds of nature)
Parker Wellness also highly recommends that you sign-up for Yoga Nidra Meditation or Joy’s Healing Circle with Joy at Om Joyful Yoga. (www.omjoyfulyoga.com)
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