Our everyday lives are full of distraction and stimulation. What if you could find a way to unwind and allow your body to let go of stress?
When was the last time you sat still and ignored your boredom? When was the last time you paid attention to your breath. Take a moment right now. Close your eyes. Follow one slow, deep breath in and out. Welcome to meditation.
Meditation is a skill that allows you to be mindful of any moment and be at ease with yourself.
You can meditate alone or you can meditate with others. Essentially, meditation is the skill to pause and train our minds to be more present, less distracted. Our minds are very busy, full of thoughts. Meditation provides us with a path that will allow us to be aware WITHOUT TRYING TO THINK OUR WAY OUT OF THE CHAOS.
There are many scientific studies that show that meditation may be beneficial to help with sleep, anxiety, pain relief, and many other disorders. Google "the benefits of meditation google scholar" and you will get nearly 5 million results. The science is there and you can learn until your head is content, or you can just try it and recognize the benefits.
A simple meditation practice
Try to do this three times a day starting today.
Focus on your breath.
Follow three complete breaths. In through the nose, out through the mouth.
On your next breath out, just close your eyes.
How long can you sit comfortably in this space?
You may become distracted almost immediately or you may find yourself comfortable with the the gentle movements of the body. You are settling your mind. That is the beginning.
PS If you want to continue your meditation but you find yourself distracted by thoughts, just go back to your breathing.