Finding Your Zen – Mastering Meditation

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We live in a world that seems over-run by chaos, where we have to face personal and social challenges on a daily basis. Nearly everyone is affected by it at some point, and everyone experiences it differently. However, we are all also wired to fight back against these foreboding odds and live up to our full potential with love and healing. But this wiring gets shortened due to physical, emotional, and even social factors. As a result, you might feel overwhelmed and ultimately think that you are not capable of handling all the pressure without breaking down.

It is times like these, when you feel restless and uncertain, that staying centered and finding your Zen and core integrity is particularly essential. It is important during these circumstances of confusion to learn to fight back with intuition and consistency build a soul connection capable of overcoming powerful fears and helping clarity prevail. It is also important to keep your nervous system and your inner self aligned that anger and other negative feelings don’t build up, burying the natural love every one of us was born with.

One of the best ways I have found to stay balanced in this hectic world is through meditation.  This article will give you a brief introduction to some of the many ways you can easily incorporate meditation into your daily life.Meditation

Meditation can have a very positive effect on our attitude toward life. Take some time to quiet your mind. This helps to soothe your nerves and reduce stress. When you don’t internalize stress, you are more likely to perceive good vibes from others and feel happy about life and your relationships. You can also practice yoga, which includes good techniques for reducing tension.

Meditation can help support your immune system and fend off diseases. Meditating techniques, such as concentration meditation, are used to focus on a single point. Mindful meditation is used to control wandering thoughts. Its benefits include lower blood pressure, improved blood circulation, lower heart rate, less perspiration, slower respiratory rate, less anxiety, and reduced stress. It can also help boost energy levels when practiced as part of a regular routine. 

Here are a few simple ways to start meditating:

  • Sit or lie as comfortably as possible and close your eyes.
  • Breathe naturally; don’t try to control it.
  • Now breathe by focusing your attention on it. Notice how your body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Observe how your thorax, chest, and abdomen move during breathing. Just notice the movement without controlling the breathing process. Start doing this for 2 to 3 minutes and then increase the duration.

How to Practice Meditation for the Beginner

Meditation can be an incredible tool to help you find your Zen and stay relaxed and prepared to face the world. If you are new to meditation, then follow the below steps and tips for a successful start.

  1. Choose a suitable time: Meditation is meant to be a relaxing time, so try to choose a time that is convenient for you and won’t cause or experience any sort of interruptions.
  2. Go to a peaceful place: Choose a peaceful and quiet place to meditate so that you are able to concentrate effectively and achieve the best results.
  3. Sit in a comfortable posture: Your posture makes a huge difference in helping your body and mind relax; make sure to sit in a proper posture. Try to sit straight with your spine erect, keeping shoulders and neck relaxed and eyes closed during the whole process.
  4. Meditate on an empty stomach: The best times to meditate are before meals because it prevents you from dozing off soon after eating. Alternately, don’t meditate if you are hungry because you will not be able to fully concentrate.
  5. Start with a warm-up session: Warm-up exercises before the meditation will help to achieve better results
  6. Take deep breaths: Deep breathing is essential for helping your body relax and getting energizing oxygen to every cell in your body.

5 Simple Techniques to Meditate, Including Moving Meditation

Walking Meditation: If you don’t like sitting for long periods of time, then walking meditation might just be the thing for you.  You will have to focus on your body while moving.  While your arms and legs swing, feel them uplift and extend. Feel your feet as they rise and touch the ground while keeping your mind focused on the moment, instead of paying attention to other things.

Breathing Meditation: Get in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and inhale slowly through your nose. Hold the breath for a pause and then exhale it through your mouth again slowly.

Mindfulness Meditation: To practice this one, your mind needs to be present in the right moment. Start by focusing on your breath and continue by feeling other sensations in different parts of your body.

Mantra Meditation: This meditation can be practiced by repeating a sacred word, such as “aum,” in order to bring your mind to a state of focused tranquility. You can repeat the mantra aloud or repeat it silently.

Empty Mind Meditation: This meditation technique allows you to be fully aware without a specific focus. Simply sit in a peaceful place in a good posture and let your thoughts float without passing any judgment on them.  (This is my favorite!)

These meditation techniques are simple ways to start your meditation practice or enhance and refocus your existing one.Take Charge of Your Life

Finding your Zen is more than just a catchphrase. In today’s busy and hectic world, it is becoming a necessity. If you don’t take charge of your life and learn to care for yourself, body, mind, and soul, it can become all too easy to succumb to the pressures and the stress.

Start with something, anything, today to begin finding your Zen, and see what a difference it will make in your life.

Excerpt from FINDING YOUR ZEN ~ Mastering MeditationCarrie Andrews is a Holistic Health Coach at www.blissfulbalancewellness.com

Carrie Andrews, HHC

Carrie Andrews, HHC

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