Like many people in today’s hyper paced world, you’ve probably experienced bouts of constant worry, anxiety, racing thoughts, and stress. We’re all bombarded with images and messages that can lead us to think that we’re not good enough, must continuously strive for more achievement, more accumulation of material goods or experiences, more status, etc. This naturally leads to an unbalanced mind that could use a lot more peace and quiet.
Meditation can be an extremely powerful tool to focus the mind, decrease over thinking, mitigate stress and anxiety, and just accept the present moment. The key to the practice is consistency. One doesn’t need to meditation hours each day to experience its benefits. Even 5-20 minutes each morning will start to build on itself and show positive effects within weeks.
There are many types of meditation, but most come down to observing/focusing on your breath or thoughts. Many people believe that the point of meditation is to completely clear your thoughts, but this is both incorrect and extremely difficult, and can frustrate the beginner very easily.
Here are some simple steps to begin your meditation practice:
Meditation is similar to exercise, but for the mind, heart, and soul. Like any exercise, be patient, start slow, be consistent, and slowly build it up. Before you realize it, you’ll experience a multitude of benefits, including increased compassion, acceptance, focus, and a gentler mind.
Written by: Chris Prucnal