Meditation helps train your mind to focus, stay present, and redirect your thought patterns.
Benefits of Meditation
The practice is easily accessible by anyone and can be done in as little as 5 minutes a day if needed. If you are looking for a way to improve your life, meditation can work wonders.
A daily meditation practice has more benefits than you can count, including but not limited to the following:
- Reduces stress
- Alleviates anxiety
- Promotes emotional wellness
- Enhances your connection to yourself
- Lengthens your attention span
- Improves sleep
- Helps decrease blood pressure
So, how do you get started? Today, we will go over a few meditation techniques you can use in everyday life to cultivate a meditation practice.
5-Minute Walking Meditation
Walking mediation is a great way to start a mediation practice. During walking meditation, you slow down, walk purposefully and mindfully, and pay close attention to all your surroundings. Turn on your senses and focus on these questions:
- What do I see?
- What can I feel?
- What can I smell?
- What can I hear?
- What am I noticing about my body?
- What am I noticing about my breath?
- What am I noticing about my energetic presence?
You can do a walking meditation for as little as 5 minutes once you get up in the morning by taking a short stroll around the block. You can also do this walking meditation on your lunch break, as you walk to get groceries, on your way to your local coffee shop, or after work.
Why Do Walking Mediation?
Walking meditation helps you slow down and start to focus on the present moment. Instead of focusing on all the things on your to-do list or what you are stressed out about, you turn your focus on what is going on around you.
By doing this you can relax, calm yourself, and be present with yourself in a manner that helps you redirect your mind.
5-Minute Seated Meditation
If you would prefer to do a seated mediation, but do not know where to start, here is a good idea to help you. Try doing a meditation where you focus on your breath. All you need to do is find a comfortable place to sit, settle in, and start to breathe.
For 5 minutes focus on the quality of your breath as you inhale and exhale. Pay attention to its texture, length, strength, sound, and any other sensations that arise. If any thoughts come, let them come, but do not hold onto them. Try to send them away and bring your awareness back to your breath.
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