“Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.” Zen Proverb
Our everyday life styles will create stress in our lives and bodies. We have become human computers. Always on the run. Trying to find the quickest and fastest way to get things done. Even when we get sick….we don’t slow down to give the body to heal. What is it that we are trying to catch or run from?? When are we going to be happy to just “BE”? We are too busy running from ourselves.
The first thing, that I think we all need to do is to take at least 15 minutes every morning to just “BE”. It could be you just sitting there with your cup of coffee(not good), or herbal tea (Yeah!!), mediating, or to praise GOD…you need to start your day by sitting still and calming your mind from everything around you and just BREATHE.
Meditation has a calming effect on the body. Research has shown that EEG activity decreases during meditation. This will help you to have more energy flow throughout the day.
According the the Zen and the Brain book, meditating increases the blood flow in your brain, and according to one neurophysiologist. “rewires the circuity in your brain”.
I have experience starting my day with meditation gives me more focus, patience, and just overall ability to deal with whatever life pops in my life.
Needless to say, there are a ton of benefits to adopting a regular meditation practice, and these are just a few of them. Steps to help you get started:
- Get comfortable. Dim the lights a bit, or shut them off completely to help you focus better. Or sit where you can feel the sun. I perfer to feel the warmth from the sun…for me this very comforting. Start your timer. Set it for 10 minutes
- Bring your attention to your breath. In this third step, close your mouth and focus entirely on your breath as it enters and leaves your nose. You can focus on your breath – from how the air feels as it enters and exists your nose, to how the air feels as you inflate and deflate your stomach…extend your stomach with each breathe. Just breathe naturally and observe your breath without thinking too much about it.
- Clear your mind. This is the hard part. Don’t think about the kids, food, what your boss is going to be mad at today, or all the craziness that is going on in the office.
- Bring your attention back to your mind when it wanders. And it will. When your mind wanders, and it will, gently bring your attention back to your breath once you realize that your mind has wandered. It is ok for you to wander in the beginning. Just gently give yourself a nudge to come back and center yourself.
- Again, bring your mind back when it wanders. . Keep doing this until your meditation timer sounds.
Avoid holding stress and resentment in your body. Find healthy ways to relax and express yourself to eliminate stress. Emotional and personality make-up are large factors in attaining wellness. Love of life, love for oneself, and deep connections to others help us make healthier choices. Expressing emotions, even ‘negative’ ones, are a part of wellness.