The Benefits of Regular Meditation
With a growing interesting in Yoga over the past couple decades, meditation practice has also been growing. They really blend quite well. Peas and carrots. Meditation is an excellent practice to incorporate into your daily life and natural lifestyle. Even with a busy schedule, a few minutes a day can be all you need to stay zen and release the tensions of the day.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is a way to focus on your breathing while reflecting on your thoughts. While breathing is often the main focus, it’s also important at times to use guided imagery, a focal point (like a mandala), sound, and thought processing. People of all ages can benefit greatly from regular use of meditation. Here are some of the many benefits you can expect from just a short time of practice every day.
- Reduced stress
- Increased focus
- Better controlled anxiety
- Improved sleep
- Decrease in unwanted feelings of sadness, anger, and feeling overwhelmed
- Increased productivity
- A feeling of balance
- Enhanced immune system
- Regulated breathing
- Cleared mind
Sounds excellent, right? Just like eating healthy and exercising, many of us fall into the trap of thinking we don’t have enough time to incorporate this practice into our daily routine. Even with all the training I’ve had over the last two decades on massage, natural health, diet, and exercise, I too fall into this trap from time to time. The thing we need to keep in mind is one vital piece of truth: When you take the time to keep yourself balanced and healthy, you will have more time, more productivity, and more energy. It’s really that simple. You don’t have the energy to go to the gym, yet, exercise gives you energy. The same is true for meditation. You don’t have time to sit still and focus on your breath, yet, meditating will bring you to the balanced mental state you need to tackle your busy day as efficiently as possible.
How to Squeeze in the Time to Meditate
Schedule it. Set aside time each day to practice. You can set a timer when you start to keep you from going over your allotted time. First, figure out if it would be easier for you to set aside time to focus right after you get up, or right before you go to bed. Or, maybe you are a mid day kind of person. Then, begin with 5-10 minutes of meditation. As you practice everyday, you will begin to realize you do have time to dedicate and then you can increase how long you meditate. Just 15 minutes a day will change your world in so many beneficial ways.
Guided Meditations Help Maintain Your Focus
Download an app that is ready to guide you through a variety of meditations. Whenever you sit down to practice, you will only have to tap a couple buttons and the app guides you through a full session that can be 5 minutes or more than 30 if you wish. I love the CALM app I have on my phone. They have a kids section too! It’s available on Google Play and the iTunes Store. Check out the website to sample the program and learn more.
Make it Part of Another Routine
When you tack on a few extra minutes to something you already do every day, you will find it much easier to continue your meditation practice. As you get ready for bed, add in 15 minutes to your routine to relax and unwind. When you wake in the morning, get right to meditation as you wake up and prepare for the day. While you are waiting for your lunch to digest, take a moment to be calm. What I like to do is meditate with the kids as part of THEIR bedtime routine. We practice together, I’ve added it into something I was already doing every day, and the kids are learning how to maintain balance and increase focus. They actually remind me to meditate so it helps keep me on track as well.
You can do it! You’ll find a great way to bring meditation into your daily routine. Practice, practice, practice.