Health and Beauty May 28, 2018
How to manage the stress of 2018’s Quarter 1 and 2 as well as the remainder of the year.
We are at the half way mark for this year, and with 6 months of the year behind us we are forced to once again evaluate where we are in terms of our New Year’s resolutions and the progress we have made over quarter 1 and 2 of 2018.
With today’s hectic pace, demanding lifestyle and many avenues of stress, from personal (family, health), work, financial, societal and security, we are often left feeling overloaded, frustrated and unhappy. So, instead of focusing on what we have not yet achieved this year we are going to focus on a long-term technique which will make any and all things easier to manage.
Meditation, can be described as focusing one’s mind for a period of time, as well as a devotional exercise of contemplation; to plan mentally, consider. Many of us lead our lives believing that there is not enough time in the day to meditate, not realising that it, in fact, gives us more time by making our minds calmer and more focused.
This mental stillness centres the body, mind and senses which, in turn, relaxes the nervous system – enhancing both your ability to relax and concentrate. This calmness becomes the nucleus from which everything we think and do stems. The condition of our minds, or state of being, inherently influences and establishes our perception, intention, approach and behaviour to all which we encounter.
There are also great, and scientifically proven, benefits to meditation ranging from improved emotional well-being, mental strength and capacity and physical/health improvements.
There is an arsenal of ways to meditate with no one way being right or wrong. Meditation can be done anywhere and in different forms to achieve the principle and benefits stated above.
For beginners, however, this would start with concentrated breathing and the focus of physical sensation; practiced with the same degree of detail as concentrated breathing.
1. Sit or lie comfortably.
2. Close your eyes.
3. Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
4. Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Notice the movement of your body as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage, and belly. Simply focus your attention on your breath without controlling its pace or intensity. If your mind wanders, do not worry -simply return your focus back to your breath and body.
This awareness aligns the mind and body, awakening the synergy between the two which results in calmness and limpid concentration. Once the beginner’s meditation has been mastered, you can move to more challenging forms with longer meditations times, constantly improving the command of your mind to better manage life’s challenges.
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