Meditation is one of the quickest and simplest paths to stress reduction and improved mind and body health. Its many benefits reduction in anxiety and depression, improved cardiovascular health and improvements in immune function.
Find a quiet space. Sit in a comfortably in a chair or on the floor (or even lying down in bed) in any position that feels natural and sustainable, close your eyes and notice the feeling of your body on whatever surface you are on. Begin to notice the breath moving in and out. Now, start to say to yourself on each breath in “I am breathing in” and on each breath out “I am breathing out.” Continue with this practice for 5-30 minutes (it helps to set a timer so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of time or being late for something).
While you are practicing your mindfulness your mind might wander (this is what the mind does). Whatever thoughts come into your head, simply label them as thoughts and come back to your awareness of the breath.
The next most important step is to find a sustainable and healthy diet. My next blog entry will focus on the first steps of conscious eating.
…until next time