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|Posted on 22 October, 2013 at 12:41|
We lead such busy lives that we forget to give our minds a break. Worry & anxiety can take over and prevent us from being fully relaxed.
We don't function properly when our minds are so pre-occupied, we make mistakes, feel tired or forgetful.
We often get hooked into thinking about the past, and unfortunately we have a tendency to focus mostly of those negative things.
We are all capable of slowing these busy thoughts down, and giving our minds some space. This way, we live 'in the moment' rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about our future.
Mindfullness or meditation can change how your brain works - you will start to see things more logically, improve empathy and be less self-centred, feel lighter and less inward looking which helps with depression and anxiety, improve your responses to your 'gut-feeling', and calm fearful emotions. See this link to find out more
Meditation does not have to take up too much time, just 10 minutes can change the way you feel.
There is no mystery to it, try this to see how beneficial it can be....
Sit comfortably in a quiet room - this could be at home or in your office.
Begin by gently closing your eyes.
Take a long, deep breath in, feeling your belly swelling out with the in-breath.
Exhale slowly, allowing tension to 'blow out' of your body as you breath out. Audible breath is good.
Repeat the breath in this way, being conscious of the in breath filling your lungs and body.
Relax on the exhalation.
Continue to breath now more naturally and gently, remaining focused on the 'in' and 'out' breath.
Count the 'in' breath only to 10, then begin again at 1. Keep repeating this.
If thoughts pop into your mind, just gently go back to the count to 10 on the in breath.
Don't try to resist thoughts, just let them 'pass on', and return to the breath.
Be aware of where you are breathing from, your belly rising and falling each time.
After about 8 minutes, allow your mind to do whatever it wants, to be 'free'.
Then - slowly open your eyes, and be aware of what you are going to do next.
See - its so easy! How different do you feel now?
Hopefully calmer, more peaceful, less agitated or 'fuzzy headed', clearer thinking and able to cope with the rest of the day.
You can do this pretty much anywhere. If sounds come into your meditation time, just acknowledge them.
Try to do this every day.