For those who don’t meditate, the very word conjures images of a saffron-swathed swami seated pretzel fashion amidst tinkling wind chimes.
The reality is much different. Studies have shown that meditation boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, can be used to manage chronic pain or alleviate anxiety. The health benefits are real.
Put aside the vision of Tibetan temples and find a comfortable chair that allows you to sit up straight. A dimly lit room and soothing music are options that can enhance your meditation but they are not essential.
Close your eyes.
Breathe. Deeply. Focus on it. Inhale and exhale slowly. Deeply.
Now imagine descending with each breath. Perhaps you’re on an elevator and each time you exhale means you’ve passed another floor. Perhaps you’re on the stairs and each exhalation represents a step downward. Concentrate on your breath and reaching the ‘ground floor.’
When you’ve arrived, focus your mind on each body part body you want to relax. Your neck? Imagine each kink melting away. After your body is relaxed, imagine a peaceful place – a tranquil beach or a tranquil wood. Relax your mind.
Get back on your elevator or staircase and climb back up to consciousness.
Easy-peasy. And, the more you meditate, the easier it becomes.
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