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Meditation is something relatively new in my life. I’ve been meditating on and off for about a year now, hopefully this time it will stay ON for good! I’ve noticed so many great benefits in my own life from it that I wanted to share some of the benefits.
Some of the benefits of meditation include:
- Meditation decreases the production of the stress hormones: cortisol and adrenaline, which in turn helps decrease stress and anxiety.
- Helps reduce high blood pressure.
- Helps the body use oxygen more efficiently
- Increases the production of DHEA- an anti-aging hormone
- Encourages more restful sleep
There is no right time to meditate. You’ll reap the same effects if you mediate early in the morning or right before bed. While you can meditate lying down I recommend sitting on the floor, with your legs crosses and back straight. Especially if you meditate at night because you’ll be so relaxed you’ll probably fall asleep.
A great way to start is by searching YouTube for some guided meditations or to find some mantras. According to The Chopra Center of Meditation; a mantra is a Sanskrit word that creates “a powerful sound or vibration that helps you enter a deep state of meditation”. The mantra is repeated silently to help you silence the mind and if you get distracted you go right back to your mantra. You choose your mantra depending on the intention you want to set.
Start with as little as five minutes once a day and then work your way up. Increase your practice a minute at a time and set a timer so you don’t have to look at the time. The first few days will be tricky and your mind will probably wander quite a bit. Remember that the mind is like any other muscle and your meditation will only get better with practice.
Jacqueline Banks, who grew up in Casa de Campo, is a certified holistic health counselor and busy mother.
Her focus is on helping other busy moms in all stages of motherhood keep themselves and families healthy and happy. She uses natural and organic solutions to solve individual health problems and promote clean living.
Check out her website at: www.jacquelinebanks.com