Article by Dion Daly
You could say that meditation is a kind of alternative medicine that stimulates bodily relaxation and emotional stillness. Seeing that meditation produces relaxation both in body and mind this then makes it an ideal practice for stress reduction.
A lot of people think that practising meditation as a way to relieve stress is a load of rubbish because they think that meditation is not a practical answer to eradicating stress. But studies have shown that meditation is an effective method for reducing stress.
Basically meditation is about intentionally calming your mind and body for a certain amount of time. What this means is that it is necessary to draw your attention inwardly so that your mind is on the whole so busy focused on the breathing and body form that there’s no time to ponder about the stressful happenings in your life.
One of the good things about meditation is that it is in fact fairly easy to do. You do not need to be a mystic or a spiritual person to practise meditation because meditation is a practise that all kinds of people can do.
Another good thing about meditation is that it does not involve hours of practice at a time for it to be effective in decreasing stress. You can Practice meditation in ten, or twenty- minute time slots once or twice a day.
To make sure you have a successful meditation session you need to ensure that you’re in a tranquil, quiet setting. What this means is that when you are going to practice your meditation, you should make sure that you’re wearing something that you feel comfortable and relaxed in, try not to wear any clothing that is restrictive. Your environment (whether you’re indoors or outdoors) should also be to your liking.
Remember stress reducing meditation is about concentration. Once you’re completely relaxed (you can sit cross- legged or sit on a chair or even lie down). Then shut your eyes and concentrate your awareness on your breathing throughout the whole meditation period. Count your breaths. If you wa nt you c an say the numbers out loud doing this will deter your mind from straying to other thoughts.
Another way to stop your mind straying during your meditation period is to make use of imagery. Imagery is very well-liked in meditation because all you need to do with imagery is concentrate on something you think is pleasing to look at.
Sometimes it can take a bit of time to acquire the ability not to let your mind stray to other thoughts while you’re meditating. But the good thing is once you’ve become skilled at meditation, you’ll find you’ll be able to do it almost anywhere to calm yourself down when you’re feeling overcome by stress. Good Luck
About the Author
Dion Daly is a certified trainer in hypnosis, a master practitioner in NLP and TLT. He also has a degree in metaphysics.
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