Meditation for Stress Relief

Mindfulness is fast becoming the new buzz-word for encouraging people to slow down and start to take life at a slower pace.  What does mindfulness mean, may you ask? In Buddhist terms, it relates to ‘living in the moment’, enjoying each moment, rather than worrying too much about what happened yesterday or what may happen tomorrow. 

Practicing mindfulness also helps you to become more self-aware.  Therefore, when I choose to be mindful I am more fully aware of the choices and decisions I choose to make in any given moment and the impact they may have on my life/situation or in the immediate future.

We live in a fast pace society and a highly technological world that does not allow us to completely switch off and re-charge our batteries.  Therefore practicing daily meditation is a great way to not only give the mind and body a well-earned rest but also helps you become more productive in the long run.  

Early morning meditation before breakfast and meditation before sleep enables the body to relax, the mind to slow down and de-clutter itself. You feel more refreshed –  your ability to concentrate increases and helps you focus more on daily tasks.  Your mind becomes clutter free and you suddenly realise that you are starting to take life at a steadier pace. 

When you choose to meditate daily and regularly, you find that you become less re-active to stressful situations and feel much calmer.  You also realise that over a period of time, your attitude to life changes for the better, therefore you become more pro-active.

So why not practice being still and in the moment.  It can be challenging at first, especially when you are so used to doing so many different jobs at once and particularly if you find it hard to relax.  However, what is the alternative?  Living your life in a constant highly stressful state does take it’s toll and can lead to tiredness, lethargy and procrastination.  Choosing to take time out for yourself and be in the moment brings great reward, so why not try it and see?  You have nothing to lose and plenty to gain.

Meditation does not mean, sitting and staring at your belly button, it simply means giving yourself time off to be in your own space with just yourself.  Meditation is an opportunity to allow your thoughts to flow in and out of your mind without you choosing to respond to any one them.  Instead enjoy the stillness and start to see how much more you hear and become aware of. 

Drop me a line and let me know how you get on.  If you find it hard to switch off, then why not choose to listen to an MP3 download on my website?  These are guided visualizations to help you relax.  Good luck and enjoy!

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