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Meditation: Where to Start?

The benefits of meditation for your mental, spiritual, and physical health are endless. Whether its practicing simple mindful breathing or diving head-on into transcendental meditation, there are three steadfast results that you can find within yourself.

Key Benefits of Meditation:

  • Reduce Stress
    1. Stressful situations encourage your body to naturally release hormones that can wreak havoc on your body if not properly controlled resulting in poor sleep, increased blood pressure, fatigue, and even depression. Research has shown that regular meditation helps reduce these symptoms as well as assisting in the prevention of stress-triggered medical conditions.
  • Controls Anxiety
    1. Stressful situations are often linked to anxiety. With the implementation of meditation practices, even anxiety disorders like phobias, OCD behaviors and panic attacks are reduced and can even be maintained with long term regulation.
  • Promotes Overall Emotional Health
    1. Multiple studies have found decreased depression in adults who practiced meditation techniques. Those who meditated frequently saw an influx of positive thinking and optimism.

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The list goes on. If you are toying with the idea of incorporating meditation in your life there are simple exercises to help prepare your mind for the endless journey to living a serene life.

Beginner’s Meditation Exercise:

Beginners are encouraged to experiment with mindful breathing exercised to help clear your mind. Try this:

  • Find a quite place where you will be undisturbed for this practice
  • Sit or lie flat in a comfortable position.
  • Place your hand in a comfortable position at your sides or in your lap where they can rest weightlessly.
  • Take a deep breath in through your nose, and empty your chest by breathing out slowly through your mouth.
  • After you have a comfortable rhythm, increase the time it takes to inhale and exhale by 2-3 seconds.
  • Allow your body to take control of the rhythm and focus your attention to the beats of your heart.
  • Focus solely on your heart, if your mind wanders to an outside distraction, gently direct your mind back to your heartbeat.
  • Do this breathing for 3 minutes
  •  Notice how you feel at the end of the exercise.

Don’t worry, it’s not easy at first. The mind constantly wants to remind you to pick up milk on the way home, or make sure you confirm the meeting scheduled for next week. Starting small with 3 minutes a day and slowly increasing your time will work your mind into understanding its connection to the body.

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You Can Meditate Anywhere

Try it on your bed first thing in the morning or right before you go to bed. Perhaps you have time at the peak of a mountain to finish your hike. Maybe you have a quick minute to spare on your lunch break and want to sneak in a quick meditation session in your car. Happy Dayze wholly believes that the best life to be lived is seeded from the soul. Follow us on the journey to stay up to date with the newest research and products to enhance your lifestyle.



Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-benefits-of-meditation

https://liveanddare.com/benefits-of-meditation/

https://www.scienceofpeople.com/meditation-benefits/

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