It’s no secret that meditation has an incredible list of life-changing benefits to offer. From physically improving the brain by increasing gray matter to boosting mood and relieving stress, it’s true that this ancient practice could be pretty darn great for practically all of us if we took it seriously enough to make it a part of our daily routines.
Despite the known benefits, it’s not uncommon for the word “meditation” to trigger visions of things related to Eastern spirituality in people who aren’t very familiar with it, which can often be enough to scare them off from venturing forward in exploring it further. And if that’s not it, then the idea of sitting alone in silence for several minutes with nothing but your own thoughts might just seem like emotional torture.
Whatever your uncertainties or fears may be about starting a meditation habit, there are lots of different ways to ease into it, turn it into a mental exercise rather than a spiritual practice and even make it a very pleasant experience. Here are just a few tips to get you started.
1. Start with mindfulness.
Meditation doesn’t have to involve sitting still in the lotus position with your eyes closed. Instead, you can start with practicing mindfulness — a simpler form of meditation — for a few minutes here and there as you go about your day.
Being mindful simply means to become completely aware of the present moment, fully accepting it without judgment. Check out these 10 everyday situations that are perfect for practicing mindfulness. Continue reading >>