If you manage to make meditation your daily habit, it will become one of the most powerful things you've ever done in your life.
If you learn and use what I'm about to present to you in this post, you will soon realize that meditation is one of the most simple but very powerful practices - you can meditate anywhere and any time, and what's more important, you will get immediate benefits from it.
That's why there is no excuse for not practicing meditation daily.
If you are one of the people who think that meditation is something that should be done under the guidance of an experienced teacher, in a meditation center or ashram, know that you are only partially right. Meditation can be as simple as noticing your breath while riding on the bus, or while working in your office.
If you are really busy, meditation can take only a couple of minutes a day, so there's absolutely no reason for not doing it.
I can think of a million reasons why meditation is a good daily habit. Here are some of the most striking:
In fact you won't be able to put on paper most of the important meditation benefits, such as your ability to understand your inner world much better, the ability to think intuitively, as well as your increased self-awareness.
If you manage to sit for just a couple of minutes in meditation every day, you will create a personal oasis of peace and calm not often found in our lives today. If you consider just that one fact, it should be enough to make up your mind and get started.
Meditation is a rather broad term. There are many ways of meditation, and indeed, many different meditation methods. We are not going to be concerned about them. You will have plenty of time to find your perfect type of meditation later. For now, it's important to adopt and practice your habit of meditation on a day-to-day basis.
That's why we will start with the following simple way of meditation.
During the 5 minutes of your daily meditation exercise you should focus your attention on the breath. Close your eyes (or keep them open if you have to) and follow the air that is coming in through your nose, filling your lungs and belly. Then visualize how it goes out during your breathing out. Don't try to force or regulate your breathing. Just mentally follow its natural course.
After a while you will notice that you lose track of your breathing. The focus of your mind has shifted, something else has drawn your attention, or some thoughts have made your mind restless. That's nothing to worry about, it is very natural for your mind to do that. When that happens, start over. Don't force anything. Just gently bring your mind back on the breath.
That's more or less it. This meditation is super easy and very simple. All that you have to do is perform it for 5 minutes every day. Your trigger should remind you not to let a single day pass without it. After some time, you will have established your daily meditation routine.
It is not really difficult to expand on this simple meditation. What it does is teach you how to be present in the here and now and pay attention to your breath. It is more easily done in silence, sitting in your quiet spot, but after a while you will be able to do it anywhere. For example, whenever you feel overwhelmed by anxiety or stress, shift your attention to your breath, and let your mind be aware of the present. Alternatively, whenever you take a walk, shift your focus to your breath, instead of letting your restless thoughts take over your.
If you have never done meditation before, this could be a nice start. If you have been meditating some time in the past, this simple exercise can help your reestablish your meditation routine, and later on enable you to perform more serious types of meditation.
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I am so happy to find this site. I have started meditating. I did it early in the morning. I usually experience lots of pain from a chronic illness but that day, the discomforts were to a minimum. I think my body got a real treatment. Very nice. Thank you. Keep writing please.
Hello, and thanks for the comment.
I am glad to hear that you managed to reduce some your discomforts with the help of meditation. I want to encourage you to be persistent with your meditation routine, as I know of no other technique that can bring so many health benefits. Please make sure that you sign up for our meditation newsletter here, so you never miss a meditation article from our website. With love and light!