Meditation is a technique that has been used for thousands of years to bring a sense of calm and well-being to those who practice it. If practiced correctly, it can provide clarity of thought and inner harmony.
Meditation for stress-relief and relaxation purposes is most effectively performed by sitting in a quiet, clean space. Quieting the mind, focusing on your breath and eliminating thoughts as they arise are common techniques.
Some people like to visualize on something while they focus; others seek to clear their mind completely.
Taking Some Quiet Time for Yourself
It can be hard to find a quiet corner to spend a few moments in during our day, but really this is vital to our overall health. This is where meditation can become a useful tool and your new best friend. It can be difficult to turn off all electronic gadgets, and “unplug” if you will, for a while, but it’s important that you do.
Even well-meaning workmates and family members can overwhelm with constant chatter, leaving your own mind with no ‘free’ time. Not having to listen to the constant barrage of noise from voices, music, traffic, animals, etc. can be truly liberating. During meditation, stress hormones and cortisol levels decrease and a sense of calmness is induced.
We have become so addicted to our radios, televisions, tablets and smartphones, that for the majority of the day, our brains are anything but calm and quiet. It is no wonder so many people have become addicted to their medications and drugs of choice. Wouldn’t it be a more productive, relaxed and interesting world if people were addicted to meditation instead?
Focusing Energy on a Single Point
Start by focusing on a single idea or word when practicing meditation for stress relief purposes. Some prefer to focus on a sound or visualize an image. It is important that where you decide to practice is tidy, clean and uncluttered for maximum benefits to be attained. Sitting with eyes closed, in the middle of a quiet and clean place, is best.
Trying to clear your mind and release thoughts as soon as they enter, if they do not align with your focus, can be tricky at first. It is common for people to feel frustrated when they begin meditating as they think it will be easy to quiet their mind, only to find that numerous thoughts come flying in and around out of seemingly nowhere and completely unrelated. This is normal.
We spend the majority of our day on autopilot and processing so much information simultaneously; trying to focus on one, single thing for any length of time can seem hard.
Our poor minds, which are usually under constant bombardment, see this quiet time as an opportunity to think about the things you have not made time to think about earlier. With practice, your mind will trust that you will be giving it future “quiet time” and will allow you to quiet your thoughts.
Persist with practice and give yourself kudos for every extra minute you make it! Once you master this wonderful practice you will truly be able to exercise greater control over the symptoms of stress.