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Meditation February 5, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.

Meditation is an oasis of peace and tranquility ~ a buffer zone between  us and the daily rigors of life.

Om Sweet Om!

Wikipedia ~ Research on Meditation (in Public Domain)

Meditation allows us to get centered and clear the mind of extraneous habitual thoughts that detract from the quality of our lives.

By helping us to reduce stress, meditation benefits us in numerous ways:

* Lowering cholesterol and blood pressure levels
* Healing heart disease and angina
* Fostering a calm and tranquil outlook on life

Meditation promotes mind-body fitness and restores life balance.  Practicing mindfulness improves our concentration, focus, and awareness.

Anyone of any age can benefit from beginning a meditation practice.  And it’s as easy as following your breath.

As you breathe in, notice that you are breathing in.  As you breathe out, pay attention to the flow of air.

Wikipedia ~ Chartres Cathedral (in Public Domain)

Don’t try to change your breathing.  Just notice the flow of air, in and out.

Imagine peace and tranquility circulating with each life affirming breath.

As thoughts arise, let them drift away.

Return your attention and awareness to the flow of energy.   Breathe in and breathe out.

If you wish to use a mantra, choose a word or phrase that makes you smile ~ Joy, Peace, Love, Bliss, Om, Let It Be, Be Here Now, Shalom, etc.

Start slow with 5-minutes of seated meditation and build from there.

Set a timer so that you can allow time to fade away into the eternal NOW.

Breathe.  Relax.  Repeat.

For walking meditations:  The Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral.  To learn more:  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Meditation.

Related post:  Perfect Picture Book ~ Each Breath A Smile (Julie Hedlund)