So you’re interested in learning mindfulness meditation, and wondering if it’s for you? Well, you’re not alone. You’ve probably heard about the practice, and have many questions, maybe even some doubts. Maybe you have trouble seeing the benefit of sitting still doing nothing when you could be spending your valuable time doing something more productive. These are all valid concerns. To understand what meditation is, it might help to first dispel some of the common misconceptions.
By Grace Sara
I’ve noticed that not many people address the problem of fearing meditation, because this is still a relatively unexplored subject. Many tend to focus on the popular issue of, “I can’t sit still while meditating. What are the alternatives to sitting?” However, what happens if you are too uncomfortable with silence, and do not have the courage to listen to your innermost thoughts?
Do you assume that meditation is just for New Age types who spend time at retreats in the woods? It’s not: Meditation is for all types and all situations. Yes, of course, there are meditation paths for people who really do want to disconnect for a week and wander the woods. But there are also ways for ordinary people with just a few moments to spare can meditate and find real benefits for themselves and their health.
That’s because meditation provides a range of positives—diminished inflammation, pain, and anxiety, among other symptoms. To learn more about how to meditate—and why you should—check out this graphic…
By Solan McCLean
I have always been attracted to meditation. I have had some success with practice when I was single, and before having children. Sitting meditation takes time. I also explored mindfulness meditation with a Vipassana teacher and found that it was the type of meditation that made the most sense to me.
Then life got lifey—a business, marriage, kids. I remember never having meaningful time to sit down in a quiet place for any amount of time to meditate, and guess what happened. I couldn’t put together a meaningful practice. So, it didn’t come to fruition for me. It doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. In fact, at one time I did make the time and it worked quite well.
By Gene Sykes
There are many techniques in achieving maximum relaxation. These techniques can lessen stress, and help you fully enjoy your life even when you are ill. Relaxation techniques are a great form of stress management. One advantage is that they reduce stress on your body and mind. They help you deal with daily stress and other stress related problems, such as pain and sickness.
Relaxation is the process of releasing tension and returning the balance of both the mind and body. Relaxation techniques are important in managing stress. Since stress is known to contribute to the development of many diseases, one needs an antidote to battle stress.
In fact, relaxation might be one of the most essential factors in maintaining a healthy body and mind. Relaxation is so important that health professionals suggest the use of relaxation techniques to manage not only everyday-life stress but also the stress caused by health conditions. Relaxation techniques can benefit both psychological and physical health.
“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ~ Buddha
Many people these days are starting a mindfulness meditation practice with great intentions and lots of enthusiasm. They’ve heard of the stress-reducing and other health benefits of the practice, and are eager to start meditating. However, few of them stay committed long-term. And those who don’t stick with it, will have a hard time dealing with stress in their lives.
There are several reasons why many people quit after a short period of time:
- They don’t understand what mindfulness meditation is.
- They’re not sure how to get started.
- They don’t have a plan for following through.
- They don’t have a support group.
“Life is available only in the present moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
The holiday season is upon us and most of us are looking forward to enjoying the festivities, and spending quality time with loved ones. This is a time for sharing peace, love, and happiness. However, for many people the holidays have become a great source of stress.
We all have an idea of how events should unfold. So, in our desire to have everything go as planned, we create more stress for ourselves, and lose sight of what the holidays really mean. And as we become more stressed out, we pass that stress on to our loved ones, and end up needing a vacation after our vacation.