Now more than ever we need to find healthy ways to deal with stress. Here are my thoughts and experience about something I have found to be extremely helpful -- meditation. I believe it's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. Next month will mark ten years I have practiced daily morning meditation. This sets a positive tone for my day. I feel calmer, energized, relaxed, patient and peaceful. Stilling my mind gives me better focus and even new insights, often throughout my entire day. My coaching clients who meditate regularly report similar results.
I’m confident my brain chemistry has changed from meditation because I can feel it. It’s always good to have scientific research to back up what people claim. There is much research on the benefits of meditation. More about this, specifically how meditation changes your brain, in my next blog. I practice a twenty minute technique. This includes physical relaxation exercises as well as a sitting meditation with visualizations. Before I learned this, meditation was challenging for me. I would sit, breathe and become quickly restless. My life changed when I committed to doing this new technique for a week. I noticed a difference and so I kept at it. Meditation is a process. That is why we refer to having a meditation practice. We are practicing inner peace. If we stay with it, we eventually notice changes. We feel inner peace because we feel the ability to be peaceful and aware in the world we live in. People who live with us, or know us well, begin to notice changes in us. I also find there is an inner purification process from meditation. It has changed the way I think, act, and feel. I truly value stillness and silence in a way I never used to. I also have seen great results teaching clients a five minute a day meditation exercise. The meditation technique I practice is taught worldwide and online for free. There are many great teachers out there who are willing to share what they know for no personal gain. With the best teachers, all they hope for is your personal gain.
If you want more information, contact me and I'd be happy to help you find a free class, and a meditation technique that fits your goals. My next blog will cover in more depth the scientific research behind the benefits of meditation. But if you don’t want to wait, then just jump right in. It’s free in every sense of the word.