I’ve battled with some rather stressful events these past couple months and, in return, my anxiety levels skyrocketed. The stress of city living can be enough to drive anyone bonkers and when you add additional stressors on top of that it can be tough to bring yourself back to a balanced state of mind. Thankfully, there’s an easy, free solution: meditation. Lately, I’ve been attempting to incorporate meditation into my life and I’ve found it to be immensely rewarding.
When was the last time you practiced mindfulness? Let’s do it right now. Pick a comfortable sitting position and focus on your breathing. Allow your thoughts to come and go without judgement. Relax and try to be present in the moment. Do this for at least 5 minutes.
How do you feel? Calm, cool and collected? I hope so. Setting aside time to meditate on a daily basis pays off big time. Some experts say meditation is the key to happiness. Who doesn’t want that?!
Other benefits of meditation include:
– Decreased anxiety and stress
– Lower blood pressure
– Decreased tension-related pain
– Better sleep
– Positive outlook
– Increase in patience
– A balanced mind and clarity
It can be challenging to find the time to squeeze in a daily meditation session. If you are like me and need the extra push to follow through with your practice, I suggest signing up for guided meditation classes. I recently attended The Shinnyo Center in New York City for their 30-minute lunchtime guided meditation class and had a wonderful experience. It was the perfect midday escape from stress and I returned to work much calmer and focused.
If you don’t have access to meditation classes where you live, try Oprah and Deepak’s Meditation Experience or search YouTube for helpful guided meditation videos. And if you are a skeptic of meditation, I encourage you to read the book 10% Happier by Dan Harris. It’s a quick, enlightening read.