Meditation

“In silence we learn what can’t be taught.” 

Laura Davida Preves, Miracle Principles

Tips for supporting a meditation practice:

  • Begin with a few deep breaths and consciously relax your body on the exhalation.

  • Find a comfortable sitting position, with your spine as straight as possible.
  • Meditate regularly preferably twice a day, with a goal of 20 minutes. Remember consistency is more important than the length of each meditation.
  • Check out different techniques, choose one and stick with it.

  • Decide in advance how long you plan to meditate and stick to it no matter how restless or bored you become.

  • Know that your mind will generate thoughts; that is it’s job. The practice is to find a way to come back to your focus with kindness and patience.

  • Begin each meditation by setting an intention, such as “loving kindness.”

  • Drop any expectations about what is supposed to happen with meditation and accept whatever you experience.
  • Remember any mediation is a successful mediation because you took the time to do it.

Benefits of a regular meditation practice:

  • Reduce stress, anxiety and tension
  • Improved function of the immune system
  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Stronger focus and concentration
  • Deeper meaning and purpose in life
  • More love, joy and spontaneity
  • Clearer thinking and less emotional turmoil as we become more able to observe, rather than react to our thoughts.
  • Connection to a spiritual dimension of being.

Resources:

  • “Meditation for Dummies” by Stephan Bodian

  • www.self-compassion.org

  • youtube.com (search meditation)