"We all know that regular, moderate exercise is good for us. But imagine what it would be like if all you did was exercise: if you ran, walked, jumped, or lifted 24 hours a day. After only a very short while, exercise actually wouldn’t be that good for you because without rest and self-healing, exercise becomes counterproductive and even risky…and so it is with your mind. We spend all day (and sometimes all night, too!) in a whirlwind of thought. When there isn’t something particular to think about (what to eat for breakfast, the tasks of the day, or what you’re going to say in an upcoming meeting), we search restlessly for something to fill the gap-worries, hopes, television, and so on. We never allow our minds to rest. And without this precious self-healing time, our minds become exhausted and thoughts less trustworthy. Just as we need to stop moving our bodies every once in a while, we also need to stop moving our minds.
I love meditation. The serenity, the peace, the total body experience. Just look at me in this pic above. Don't I look so centered.
Here's the truth. Can I just go ahead and admit that this is THE hardest thing for me to do during the day. It's nearly impossible for me to find the time to sit and just be because....well kids.
The best news is that meditation doesn't have to look like this to be meditation. You do not have to be sitting cross legged closing your eyes to be able to get the benefits (which are many) of clearing your mind and lowering your stress levels.
Benefits to Meditation
Reduces Stress. Stress reduction is one of the most common reasons people try meditation. ...
Controls Anxiety. Less stress translates to less anxiety. ...
Promotes Emotional Health. ...
Enhances Self-Awareness. ...
Lengthens Attention Span. ...
May Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss. ...
Can Generate Kindness. ...
May Help Fight Addictions
Helps Control Pain
Can Decrease Blood Pressure
See - Why don't we take the time to do this daily?
Most of us are so busy that it's hard to stop and breathe. My personality type basically works against me. I'm the type of person that has to have hurricane forces work against me in order to get me to slow down.
But thankfully I have found ways to add meditation into my life and to reap the benefits. These may work for you too!
Mediation is any time that you take away form your normal routine to clear your mind and just be. It's a time that nothing is schedule and nothing is done. Whatever makes you feel more centered can be vastly different for everyone.
I find peace in the shower or the bath when I get time to myself
I breathe deep and close my eyes in the morning sunshine
I am centered and focused when I am doing a massage and forget about my own pains and issues.
I am one with nature when I'm running outside. Nothing makes me feel more alive and refreshed then spending time alone in the desert.
I feel incredibly refreshed in my garden with my plants.
Here are 4 do-able Meditation methods that I promise you can implement into your lives.
1. Tapping - Meditation for people that can't sit still
Someone just like me decided to create a meditation for people that need to be able to do it in their car - and that is Tapping. I'm going to link to a video so that you learn how to do this, but seriously it's amazing and it works.
Tapping works like this. You acupressure lines that run all over your body (the ones the acupuncturists use to know where to poke). These lines are all tied to an organ in your body - Gallbladder, Liver, Heart, etc. You don't have to know all these. The video will show you where to tap. When you tap on an acupressure point, and stress that is associated with that organ will lower. You will say either outloud or in your head, a mantra with it.
You will start addressing all the stresses that you wrote down in the previous section. If you know you have some childhood trauma, you will say something like,
"Even though I think I'm worthless because my dad hit me, I deeply and completely accept myself"
I've seen this work greatly in my own life. The stress that your body feels with that certain trauma will eventually dissipate, and you will heal yourself. You will start to feel bad feelings less and less until they are gone.
You can also do this with self doubts, negative self talk, or to achieve a goal you want to reach.
The best part of this method is that you literally can do this in the car, at the end of a workout, in the shower, or anywhere else you can take a few moments.
2. Sleep Hypnosis
What better time to be forced to relax than when you are going to sleep. There is one that I bought off of iTunes by Erick Brown that I particularly love because it can put me right to sleep, and then send self healing and positive messages into my brain as I drift off. I love it and I know it works. I had listened to a motivational one before the Spartan World Championships, and I was so positive that I had it in me to win the whole thing by the time I headed out to it.
3. Guided Meditation
For someone who has a mind that easily wanders, having someone guide me through relaxation. I do a lot better staying focused for longer. And when all you have to do is press play, you are going to be more likely to do it as well.
There are soooo many resources out there that offer these free meditations. Here are a couple apps that I use.
Apps for Your Phone
- Insight Timer
There are also channels on Youtube and Spotify that do the same thing.
One of my favorite times to use guided meditation is at night as I'm drifting off to sleep. I use Erick Brown's Sleep Hypnosis that I purchased off of ITunes to drift off into LaLa Land, and it helps quiet my overactive brain.
4. As part of your RESET stretching
When you are doing your 2 Minute Resets Throughout the day, this is the absolute perfect time to stop, breathe, and meditate. Meditation doesn't have to be this hour long, focused, planned thing. Trust me, when you use your breath during the stretching portion, you will get up feeling so revitalized.
So give it a try and comment in the Facebook group how your feel after you actually get it in.