Article by Jeff Balagosa
As a sales professional, Mike does very well. His job as aninsurance agent is exciting and very stressful at the sametime. Because of this, his blood pressure climbed to anunhealthy level and requires medication to keep undercontrol. He’s overweight, smokes, and drinks way too much. Little does he know, there’s a way for him to get his stressunder control with very little effort. Meditation wouldgreatly benefit him. There are numerous benefits tomeditating. Some of the great advantages for meditationinclude enhancing your creativity and boosting your immunesystem. When your body becomes stressed, your brainreleases cortical, which takes a heavy toll on your body.
Focus on your breathing.
One of the easiest ways to get into a meditative state is tofocus on your breathing. Here’s what you do. Put all yourawareness into the feeling of your breath’s coolness goingin and the heat coming out. Feel your lungs expanding.While doing this, your mind cannot think about anything elsebut what you do at that very moment. You could practicallydo this everywhere, even while at work or while you drivehome from work.
Focus on your hand.
I read about an interesting way to meditate from the authorEckhart Tolle. He’s the author that wrote the books, “ThePower of Now” and “A New Earth.” This method requiressitting in a quiet area with your eyes closed. You thenhold out your hand and try to feel the “knowing” that yourhand exists, without the benefit of touching anything. Thefirst time I tried this, I became amazed with the result.It could literally feel the aliveness in my hand. Once youget better at doing this, you can move from your hand todifferent parts of your body. When your skill level gets tothe point that you can do this with your entire body, yourlevel of meditation will be incredibly deep and profound.
Focus on the empty space between words or sounds.
Many people find it hard to meditate where sound, but youcan use it to your advantage. The easiest sound to startpracticin g this t o would be a slow and steady type of sound.Try using a metronome. A device that musicians use to makesure they’re keeping up with a beat. You don’t actuallyneed to go out and buy one you can find many websites thatinclude a digital metronome. Once you find one, just set itto a slow and steady pace. Focus on the blank soundsbetween the ticks. Doing this, puts your mind in a statewhere you focus on emptiness. It’s a great way to meditate
Focus on everything that his happening in the presentmoment.
It’s as easy to do as the breathing technique. Whiletotally focused on the present moment you align yourselfwith source energy and in the flow with everything. Startby taking a walk in the park or on the street. Notice allthat’s happening around you as much as possible. Hear andpay attention to the sounds of the cars, birds, and peopletalking around you. Feel the ground though your shoes.While in the present moment, all is well. Keep the past inthe past and the same with the future.
Take up yoga.
You’d find it surprising to know that body movement canactually induce a hypnotic and meditative state. Yoga worksby making you concentrate on your breath in positions thatnormally lie out of your comfort zone. This type ofphysical activity keeps your mind focused on what’shappening in the present moment. It’s very difficult tothink about something else without falling out of some ofthese poses. A byproduct of yoga is that it’s a greatworkout; it will also make you very physically fit overtime.
Use guided meditation and hypnosis CDs and MP3s.
Out of the methods for meditation I’ve shown, this is theonly one that will cost you any money. But for those havinga hard time with meditation, it’s a small investment tomake. As guided meditation audios become more and morepopular, you can get them at great prices. Some of theaudios I’ve used cost me upwards of . Now you can getdownloads for less than ten bucks. And since technologygets more and more advanced, these audios can put you in amedit ative st ate with a few minutes, no matter howdistracted your mind may get.
Like any other habit, meditation takes time to incorporateroutinely. It’s best to write up a daily schedule of whenyou will conduct each meditation session. Don’t get hung upon the length of time you need to set out for yourself,around 15 minutes equates to plenty of time to start out.Consistency is the key here, so keep at it. If you can’tfind the time to squeeze meditation into your life, trycutting something negative out of your life to free it up.You’ll find it surprising how much time you can saveyourself by cutting out watching the nightly news. Besides,all that negative information you get will just heightenyour stress level anyway.
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