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Walking Meditation for Fitness of Mind and Body

Walking meditation is a form of meditation that not a lot of people really know all that much about. Sure, we all know that it can be peaceful to go out for a walk, and that some people seem to be in an almost trance like state as they wander around the streets and parks, but it really can be a good way to just exercise your mind and body at the same time.

In this article we’re going to look at what a walking meditation routine actually is, how we get into a state of meditation while out walking, and finally we’ll see how a routine of meditating while we’re walking can be of benefit to us.

What is walking meditation?

In its simplest form a walking meditation routine is one where a person is able to put themselves into a meditative state while they are out walking. This is quite different to other meditative states that require the person to remain as inactive as possible in order to achieve the state of peace and bliss that they’re looking for.

How can we achieve this state while out walking?

Most people will find this to be a challenge because they won’t be able to find all that many areas, especially in the inner cities, where they will be able to stroll around without the sounds of cars, or constant background sound of a normal residential road. Don’t worry about it. In fact, this urban soundtrack can actually aid in the meditation process.

To meditate you normally have to shut out the rest of the world, if you’re doing a normal meditation, this isn’t too much of a problem, but, if you have the relentless din of other people’s lives going on about you, it will take far more concentration to meditate.

You need to be aware of what’s happening around you (for obvious reasons), but you also need to be able to tune them out. You need to be able to balance the awareness of the world around you, with the world inside of you. If something happens around you and distracts you, acknowledge it, see if it’s something that is a danger to you, and then shift your focus from it if it isn’t.

How will this routine of meditating while walking benefit you?

First of all, you’ll be getting exercise from the walking. Most of us will spend some time walking during the day, so, it makes sense to be able to use this time in two ways: exercising and meditating. We don’t have to try and make time in our busy schedules to sit in a quiet room and meditate because we can, if you like, multitask the two.

You will also be able to focus better on things if you have developed the ability to tune out the rest of the world while you’re out walking. If you can do that with people and cars, and yet still have an awareness of your environment, you shouldn’t have any problems when it comes to focusing on tasks in your day to day life.

So, what have we discovered about walking meditation? It’s something that we can do during the times when we have to walk somewhere and probably wouldn’t have been thinking about anything in particular. It will take a lot of concentration and focus do initially, but ultimately it will help us to get fit by walking, and teach us a way to be aware of our surroundings without having them fully occupy our minds.

Get fit in mind and body; start with your walking meditation.

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Meditation Brings Peace of Mind

Meditation really can help you become peaceful and calm. You can replace your negative and uncomfortable feelings with feelings of well-being naturally with meditation. You can enjoy peace.

Being able to go into a relaxed state any time you want to is a very good thing. But being IN that relaxed state ALL the time is even better. Long before you learn to be relaxed and calm at all times, you will still have many benefits from meditation.

Your heart rate will normalize. Your body will slow down. You will concentrate more easily.

If you continue to practice, there will be a point when you will become an observer. You will be aware of all that is going on around you but will no longer feel distressing emotional and physical reactions. You will be an observer rather than simply reacting without control.

Meditation and “medication” are spelled almost identically. But there are some very important differences.

When you meditate, you are learning to be in control of your body and your mind. It is a form of self-healing; of healthy self-medication. While I would never tell you not to take drugs that your doctor prescribes for you, it is important that you must be aware of the possible side effects. A drug that works for one person may not work for another.

But meditation–that is the natural “drug” that has only positive side effects!

Without going into all of the chemistry of the human body, meditating causes the “feel good” or stress-releasing natural chemicals to be generated in your body. This is the same type of response runners have. They call it “runners’ high.” You can enjoy runners’ high without the need to run!

Meditation is one of the very best ways I know to rid yourself of stress, anxiety and unhappiness. And just about anyone can learn to meditate. There are many ways to bring the peace of meditation into your life.

Some people do use it as part of a religious experience but that is not necessary. Do not let that worry you. You can still enjoy all of the benefits as you do with any other type of exercise.

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Tips on Meditating For a Healthy Mind and Body

Meditation was originally used for spiritual growth, to become more open to and aware of the holy and the guiding presence of the holy. Today, though, meditation has become a valuable tool even for those people who do not consider themselves religious. It can be a source of peace and quiet in a world that is seriously lacking in both.

It can be used for healing, emotional cleansing and balancing, deepening concentration, unlocking creativity, and finding inner guidance.

When you begin your meditation, put your expectations aside, and don’t stress out about the ‘right’ way to do it. There are many ways to meditate and there are no fixed criterion for determining right meditation. What works for you is the right method for you. And finding out what works may require some experimentation and adjustments. I list a number different approaches below.

There are, however, a few things to avoid when you start meditating:

Don’t try to force something to happen.

Don’t over-analyze the meditation

Don’t try to make your mind blank or chase thoughts away

Remember, there is no one “right” way to meditate. Just concentrate on the process and find the best way for YOU!

To start meditating, choose a time and a place where you won’t be disturbed. That in itself may seem like an insurmountable task. Unless you are a hermit, there are probably people in your life demanding your time and attention. You may want to tell these people that you will help them find their socks, get the gum out of their hair, listen to their rants about the people at work, or whatever AFTER you’ve had a few minutes of peace and quiet. Let them know that this is something that you need to do for yourself but they will also benefit because you will be more relaxed, more energetic, and more loving.

When you are starting out, you only need 10 or 15 minutes for your meditation session. This is plenty of time when you are beginning and it may well be that this is all the time that you feel you can pry out of your busy schedule for yourself. That’s fine – it’s much better to spend a few minutes a day meditating than to put it off completely.

Over time, you may find your meditation time so beneficial that you want to increase the amount of time you spend in a meditative state. That’s completely up to you. A good goal is to work up to two 20 minute meditation sessions each day. Research has shown that spending this amount of time meditating leads to better health and can help reduce the stresses and strains of daily life.

The process is helped if you can make it a habit to meditate at about the same time each day. Some people find that meditating first thing in the morning works for them. Other people meditate last thing at night before going to sleep. There is no exact time that is best for everyone. Whatever works for you is good! Just make sure that you practice on a regular basis.

The actual place where you decide to meditate is again up to you. A few people set aside a room in their house as their meditation room but if you’re just starting out, that’s probably a bit too extreme. Instead, you may decide to meditate in your bedroom, the lounge, the kitchen or even the garden – wherever you are least likely to be disturbed. It is, of course, better if you don’t try to meditate in the living room while the rest of the family is watching TV. Other than that the exact place where you meditate doesn’t matter – it’s much more important that you actually start practicing meditation.

If you find that the original place you chose isn’t working for you, don’t be afraid to change it. The same goes for the time and the method that you chose. The ultimate benefit of meditation far exceeds the precise method of meditation that you use to reach the benefit.

One of the easiest ways to start meditating is to use a guided meditation. This is a CD or MP3 that contains all the instructions you need to achieve a state of meditation. All you need to do is to find somewhere that you won’t be disturbed, sit or lie down and play the audio file. Soundstrue.com has many such guided imageries as well as meditation music.

There are many different types of meditation. We’ll cover some of the more common types below but if none of these suit you, you’ll find many more to explore on the internet. Feel free to experiment with some of the different types of meditation explored below until you find one that works well for you.

Centering

Centering is meditation in action. Within you is a space that is always calm and at peace. This space is often referred to as your “calm center”. Being centered means remaining in your calm center amidst the busyness of everyday life. Being centered means not allowing your inner light to be overshadowed by stressful circumstances or negative thoughts and emotions.

When you are centered, you are in a state of clarity, focus, peace, and balance. When you are not centered, you are unclear, unfocused, stressed, and off balance.

A good centering technique will require only minimal attention, allowing you to keep some of your attention on the activity at hand such as washing dishes, folding laundry, or gardening. Be aware, though, that your family may be more tempted to interrupt if they see you doing something. Just explain to them that you are also meditating and that unless they want to help you do dishes, fold laundry, or garden, they should leave you alone for a few minutes. Here are some quickie centering techniques.

Simple Breath Awareness

While involved in whatever you are doing, bring some attention to your breathing for just a few moments… it needn’t be your full attention… just enough to bring you back to your calm center. Breathe naturally, or perhaps just a little more slowly and deeply.

Reclaiming Your Energy

When you are feeling stressed and scattered, take several slow, deep breaths. With each in-breath, imagine you are pulling all of your scattered energy and attention back to your inner self… your calm center.

Letting Go

This centering technique combines breath awareness with the phrase or mantra, “Let go.” It is especially helpful when you are tense and/or fixating on a stressful situation or a negative thought or emotion. As you inhale, say (silently or aloud), “Let”. As you exhale, say “go”… while letting go of all that is stressing you.

Relaxation Meditation

This remarkably easy and relaxing meditation makes use of a little-known secret about the eyes. Allowing the eyes to rest in a soft downward gaze has an instant, automatic relaxing effect.

Relaxation meditation provides a great deal of stress reduction and can be used as a quick 2 minute relax and refresh break almost anywhere (but not while driving). You will also realize a heightened sense of alertness.

Sit comfortably with your spine reasonably straight.

Allow your eyes to rest comfortably downward, gazing softly, but not focused on anything.

Without closing your eyes completely, let your eyelids drop to a level that feels most comfortable.

Continue gazing downward… the act of gazing is your primary focus (rather than the area at which you are gazing). You may notice your breathing becoming more rhythmic.

It’s OK to let your attention drift a bit. If your eyes become very heavy, it’s OK to let them close.

If you notice you’ve come out of your relaxed space, simply bring your attention back to your relaxed downward gaze.

Breathing Meditation

In this meditation, you will be focusing on your breath. This is probably one of the easiest methods of meditation to begin with.

Start by adopting a comfortable position. When you sit to meditate, sit comfortably, with your spine reasonably straight. This allows the spiritual energy to flow freely up the spine, which is an important aspect of meditation. Leaning against a chair back, a wall, headboard, etc. is perfectly all right. If, for physical reasons, you can’t sit up, lay flat on your back. Place your hands in any position that is comfortable.

Once you’re comfortable, close your eyes.

Start to notice your breathing. We breathe so often that we tend to take breathing for granted. So take the time to notice your breathing.

Notice the air filling your lungs.

Then notice as you breathe out and the air leaves your lungs. Repeat the process of noticing your breath.

As you do this, you’ll find thoughts coming up. They might be about family, friends, work or absolutely anything else. That doesn’t matter – it’s all part of the process and it is perfectly normal to continue to have thoughts whilst you are meditating.

But once these thoughts come up, let them drift out with your next breath. Each time your thoughts drift, bring your mind back to focusing on your breathing.

Walking Meditation

If you find it difficult to sit still and keep your eyes closed whilst meditating, then walking meditation could be good for you.

There are four components to a walking meditation:

Becoming aware of your breathing

Noticing your surroundings

Being conscious and attentive to your body’s movement

Taking some time to reflect on your meditation experience

Become aware of your breathing in much the same way as you would for the breathing meditation process. Notice each breath as you breathe in and then breathe out again.

Become conscious of the air filling your lungs and use each exhalation to send out any distracting thoughts.

When you start noticing your surroundings, you’ll likely be amazed. We take lots of things for granted in our everyday life and much of what is around us goes completely unnoticed. When you are walking around, notice the different colors that you see.

Don’t just notice colors. Listen for sounds. There may be bird song, road noise or the chatter of people or animals. Consciously tune in to these different sounds. Notice the different tunes sung by the birds.

If you are in an urban area, pay attention to the different traffic noises. Each car’s engine sounds slightly different. So does the sound of wheels on the different street surfaces. You’ll find yourself hearing things that have merely passed you by before.

There are also smells to fill your senses. Maybe the aroma of freshly mown grass or the sweet smell that occurs just after a shower of rain. There are plenty of smells in the atmosphere and the chances are that most of these have slipped past your consciousness.

Tune into your body’s movement. Start to notice the light pressure on the soles of your feet as you walk. Be aware of the air brushing your skin, whether it’s a calm day or a windy one. Pay attention to your body’s movement as you walk around. Feel how your arms swing. Notice how you hold your head – is it upright and attentive or a different position? Switch your attention to different body parts as you are walking and you’ll be fascinated at what you find.

Once you’ve completed your walking meditation, take a small amount of time to come back to your normal world. During this period, mentally run through your thoughts and feelings that you experienced during your meditation time. Think what you can do to enhance your experience even further next time you choose to do a walking meditation.

Gradually come back from your peaceful site to your regular world.

Universal Mantra Meditation

This meditation comes from an ancient Indian text called the Malini Vijaya Tantra, which dates back about 5000 years. It is a very easy meditation, yet very powerful in its capacity to quiet your mind and connect you with your Essence or Inner Spirit.

This meditation uses a mantra as your object of focus. A mantra is a word or phrase that has the power to catalyze a shift into deeper, more peaceful states of awareness. The mantra most use for this meditation is: Aum. Aum does not have a literal translation. Rather, it is the essential vibration of the universe. If you were to tune into the actual sound of the cosmos, the perpetual sound of Aummm is what you would hear.

Although this mantra is sometimes chanted aloud, in this meditation, you will be repeating the mantra mentally… silently.

Before we get to the actual steps, there are a few important points to be aware of:

One of the keys to this meditation is repeating the mantra gently or faintly in your mind.

The power of this technique comes from letting go and allowing your attention to dive into the deeper realms of awareness.

Therefore, even though you will be focusing on the mantra, staying focused on the mantra is not the aim of this meditation.

Trying too hard to stay focused would keep your attention from descending into the deeper realms. Instead, you will be repeating the mantra with “minimal effort”, and giving your mind the space to wander a bit.

Resist the temptation to make something happen, and allow the mantra to do the work.

This meditation easily produces a shift into deeper, more peaceful states of awareness. (The degree of this will vary from session to session.) It increases the flow of energy to the brain and clears away a good deal of physical and emotional toxins.

Because of this detoxification, it is best to keep this meditation to 10 or 15 minutes a day when first beginning. After a month or so, it can be increased to 20 minutes, but that should be the maximum for anyone who does not have quite a few years of meditation experience. Also, it is advisable to drink a lot of pure water.

Finally, mantra meditation accelerates spiritual growth as you achieve a state of relaxation and self-awareness.

Sit comfortably, with your eyes closed and your spine reasonably straight.

Begin repeating the mantra gently in your mind.

Repeat the mantra at whatever tempo feels most natural. There is no need to synchronize the mantra with your breathing, but if this occurs naturally, it’s ok.

Allow the mantra to arise more faintly in your mind… repeating it with minimal effort.

Continue repeating the mantra faintly, and allow for whatever happens.

If at any time, you feel that you are slipping into a sleep-like or dream-like state, allow it to happen.

If and when you notice that your attention has drifted completely off the mantra, gently begin repeating it again, and continue with minimal effort.

After 10 or 15 minutes, stop repeating the mantra, and come out of your meditation slowly.

After any meditation technique, allow yourself a moment to savor the sense of floating and calm that surrounds you. Take a deep breath, gird your loins (figuratively), and venture forth into your daily rounds with renewed energy and a deep sense of peace.

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Zen Meditations For A Happy Mind And Body

Zen meditations are the lifeline of today’s hectic and stressful world. It’s not wrong to say that if you want to hold on to your sanity, hold on to the meditation techniques!

This particular form of meditation involves sitting in particular postures and bringing the mind and body to a stable and peaceful condition. It induces a deeper sense of self-awareness and makes you discover your inner strength. In layman terms, you simply sit without distracting yourself and focus on the thoughts and images that come to your mind. With time, your heart rate reduces and your breathing gets shallow. You are now in a reflective state of meditation.

By the use of deliberation and concentration, you produce a synergy that unites your body, mind, and soul. As you practice meditation on a regular basis, the energy required for synergizing the three aspects of your being is achieved. During your meditation sessions, your mind is aware of only the present moment. There is no past or future. Thus, there are neither painful emotions from the past nor worries about what’s going to happen next, which are the main causes of stress and tensions in everyday life.

While in a meditative state, your mind reacts only to the present. Thus, you have no thoughts. Your mind with utmost calmness and peace is free.

Interested in trying Zen meditation, but don’t know where to start? Well, here are certain steps to help you get started…

  • Become aware of your breathing.
  • Focus when you inhale and exhale deeply. You will experience a sense of peace at this time.
  • As you inhale, think about your whole body. By doing this, you calm your entire body.
  • As you exhale, think about each part of your body, beginning from your shoulders. Relax them one by one. By doing this, you empathize on all your body needs.
  • Relax the muscles of your face one by one.
  • Concentrate on your body and relax any muscles that are tense.
  • When you take in the air, think about happiness; the happiness of being alive, of hearing, seeing, and breathing.
  • Practice and practice until you become the master of your body and mind.

Zen meditation induces stillness of mind. The techniques are so designed that they get rid of all unnecessary thoughts from your mind, including the negative ones, and give you emotional and mental peace.

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Teaching Hatha Yoga for Peace of Mind

Peace of mind seems like a fantasy to most people. Even when they sleep, their dreams do not give them rest. The mind of an optimist can have pessimistic thoughts, which surface during sleep patterns. That said, can Yoga really help you find peace of mind?

When one of us decides to become a Yoga teacher, there are many different reasons why, but peace of mind is usually part of the reason. It is gratifying when we empower our Yoga students to find peace of mind.

Sometimes, a Yoga teacher chooses to “spread the word,” for his, or her, own peace of mind. Within personal Yoga practice, and teaching Yoga classes, most of us find a “retreat from the rat race.” Yoga class becomes more than a temporary rest for the mind.

Once you have found the tools to inner peace and quiet – you want to tell everyone about it, but many people do not really hear your message, even if their physical health is in jeopardy.

Physical health should be obvious; all we have to do is look in a mirror or mentally connect with our body. Benefits for the mind cannot easily be seen, but they can be felt. The problem is most people have disconnected from their physical body, and some people have actually disconnected from their minds.

Look at commuter traffic outside of any city and you will see people running from place to place on “auto-pilot.” Although there are more people attending Yoga classes than ever; the vast majority of people still have no time for Yoga, meditation, Pranayama, or anything related to good health. Imagine thinking you have no time to breathe or take care of yourself properly.

Many people work two jobs and fall asleep due to exhaustion. Peace of mind will have to wait, until the following day, but that day never seems to arrive. This is a cycle that can lead to a “disturbed mind.” The daily grind, without relief, can cause irreversible damage to the mind and body.

When or if, such a person takes a Yoga class, and briefly finds peace of mind – you will see an expression of awe on his or her face. I remember a student, who sat in the waiting room, after one of my Yoga classes. She looked like she was about to fall asleep and I asked her if she needed anything.

She replied, “No, I’m doing great. I haven’t felt like this, since I was seven.” She was just learning to enjoy the moment and this student was well over 70 years of age. Two decades later, I often hear similar stories from Yoga students on a regular basis. Physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, pediatricians, and other medical specialists are advising their patients to practice Yoga for a variety of ailments.

I have never regretted my decision to become a Yoga teacher, and the future looks very promising for Yoga instructors, in general. If you spread peace of mind far enough, it just might have an impact on world peace. On the local front, your Yoga students, who have peace of mind, will make a positive contribution to your community.

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A Lifelong Plan for Peace of Mind

Peace of mind is an inner strength that has both emotional and biological value of immense proportions. From it flows true happiness which is not based on material accumulations or peer recognition.

Everyone has the capacity, regardless of background or experience, to obtain this precious commodity. Here is one approach to consider in this quest.

1. Want it. Really want it. If you do, it will be one of your highest priorities in daily life. You will be more open to learning what others have accomplished in order to find peace. There is great wisdom out there in the experience of others. You will soon recognize that peace of mind is an ongoing work in progress, not something you “get” and do not have to maintain.

2. Create a daily reflection time. For most, this is the most difficult part of finding peace because it means cutting into the rapid paced living style that is characteristic of western culture. However, you can find a way to spend 20 minutes just for yourself every day. Get away from it all, and seek the solitude you deserve to replenish your inner life.

3. Review your past life for what you are grateful for. Include the people who helped you, the books that influenced you, your friends, and the experiences that taught you important lessons. And, don’t forget all of the so-called little things, your health, home, automobile, neighborhood, abilities you possess, and hobbies. Write all of this down to reread at specific times when you need to change your consciousness level.

Expanding consciousness (becoming wiser and more understanding of the Self and its connection to a transcendent reality) is a treasure few individuals seek to understand and pursue. Yet, it is at the very core of living fully and with great joy. Notice I capitalized the S in Self in the tradition of Carl Jung, who said that the small self that we know, is our greatest limitation.

4. Each day at reflection time, start by writing down the things you are grateful for that happened the day before, whatever they may be. You made an important sale, an old friend telephoned, you had a great cup of coffee at your favorite shop, one of your kids said “I love you,” you had a great round of golf, or your loan application was approved, are examples. You will profit significantly from where this mind set eventually takes you.

5. Conclude reflection time with fifteen minutes of meditation. Choose any form that you enjoy. Here is one I used for years. Take several deep abdominal breaths to relax. Sit comfortably, legs uncrossed. Choose a four-syllable word you would like to repeat (I used the Aramaic word Maranatha, which means come Lord). Focus on your breathing and each time you exhale repeat your word. Any time your mind wanders, and it will, calmly bring it back to your word. The solitude you find in meditation engenders peace.

6. During your normal day, begin choosing your conflicts carefully. Most of what we get exercised about is not worth the time and energy demanded. Keep putting this question to yourself, “Do I want peace or conflict to dominate my life?” Why get stressed out over a traffic jam or not getting invited to a certain party? Refuse to let others upset you because they don’t follow your way of looking at things.

In short, avoid thoughts that drain your energy. Choose loving thoughts to energize you because what you give out keeps finding its way back.

7. Focus on the little picture, not the big one. That is, focus on peace in your corner of the world, your work, home and neighborhood and let the world problems be addressed by others more qualified. This does not mean we lose interest in world problems. We vote accordingly, but we can limit the inner turmoil they create each day as we read the newspaper or watch the news. Make the world close to you a better place.

In summary, if you want peace of mind, you have to change your daily routine to include down time where you work on your soul through an emphasis on being aware of and thankful for all that you have. Reflection time is an absolute must.

Peace of mind also means accepting the fact that conflict is a choice that you can turn down most of the time. It will help immensely to surround yourself as much as possible with peace-filled friends.

In any event, you must change what you do on a daily basis or you reap the same stress-filled day. The new peace routine you incorporate–a mere twenty minutes of time–becomes a part of your life, for the rest of your life.

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Support For Peace of Mind

It is a nearly universal desire today to have a sense of peace of mind in our lives. Almost everybody can attest that having peace mind can also bring serenity and happiness.

So what does it mean for our souls to rest and our minds to be at ease? An inner state of calmness, tranquility and a deep sense of freedom is how to define it. You can only feel true peace of mind when the mind is at rest. In today’s world, it can be very hard to experience peace of mind. For the majority of us, we experience it rarely in the course of our time on this sphere — perhaps while enjoying a work of fiction, viewing a TV program that inspires us, or spending time with loved ones.

Some other instances of peace of mind include the feelings that you experience during a vacation. At these times, the worries of work, bills, appointments, and other such things are dissolved, making you stay calm and at leisure.

How to allow more peace of mind into your life now is what the question is. Once you build on that foundation, you can experience the same peace of mind even during the most troublesome circumstances, or when you’re most worried or upset. It is most unusual but some people can actually face obstacles and problems in their lives with a calm and peaceful mind condition. You might want to find more peace of mind in your life, especially when you’re having a rough time, but you might wonder, especially then, how do you do it? It really is a question whether peace of mind can be achieved throughout the day in our daily lives.

Your first task is to find ways to develop peace of mind while going about your everyday routine. When you do this, you start to value these times and develop a yearning to experience more of them. Keeping habits around will let them grow into routines. Peace of mind grows into your steady companion, even when times are tough.

Below you can find some great tips that can help you have peace of mind throughout your day.

First. limit the amount of time that you spend watching the television and the news. Second, steer clear of negative discussions that revolve around pessimistic attitudes. Third, let go of your grudges and forgive. You should have patience with yourself. Even the most successful experience irritation and displeasure during the day, but they don’t take themselves too seriously and have fun throughout the day. Lastly, be sure to set aside time each day to meditate.

You can find daily comfort through peace of mind and it may even become a way of life. You can start doing this by trying little things that enable you to relax. Once you have that down, the main thing is to design a life style that helps you keep the peace of mind that everybody craves.

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Meditation and Peace of Mind

In these days of layoffs, foreclosures, bankruptcies, and two or three part time jobs, we all need all the help we can get to relax and learn different types of easy relaxation techniques.

One of the most common goals of people who practice meditation on a daily basis in the United States is relaxation. Many of these people have seen the link between stress and physical and mental diseases. They have realized that health is the most important thing we’ve got. Without our health, we can’t keep our jobs, we can’t take care of our children, and we can’t tend to our spouses.

The practice of meditation teaches you to react to difficult experiences and the physical and emotional stress they evoke with a sense of equanimity and compassion. In essence, meditation keeps you from reacting to external stressors with agitated emotions.

Peace of mind has nothing to do with circumstances or experiences. It has everything to do with how you react to them.

We have absolutely no control over life or outside factors. Until we realize that, we will live lives filled with stress. Stressed out over events that have occurred in the past, events that may or may not occur in the future, and factors that may occur and change our present.

Buddhists say that suffering is wanting what you don’t have and not wanting what you do have. In this vein, then happiness is wanting what you do have and not wanting what you don’t have.

This doesn’t mean however that you should not have drive, dreams, and goals. Quite the contrary, life is precious and you should give it all you’ve got each day. Still, this means that we must have balance in our perception of life and enjoy every single moment and thing that we have.

Meditation gives us the opportunity to learn acceptance in our daily life. It teaches us acceptance by teaching us concentration and receptive awareness wherein we let thoughts enter our mind and welcome them without judgment. This non-judgment is then transferred to daily life by applying it to new experiences without trying to change, avoid, or control them.

By applying non-judgment and acceptance to our daily lives, we can confront stressful situations with equanimity. We face the outside stressor with a thought in our mind letting us know that this too shall pass. In this way, we do not focus our energies on trying to control, avoid, or change the outside stressor but instead accept it and move on.

Sonia Gallagher is an Executive Life Coach, Attorney, Author, and Online Editor who publishes information on meditation in “plain English” for professionals, business owners, and parents. After practicing in one of the most stressful professions in the US, she now empowers others teaching them ways to find relaxation through meditation and success through work life balance and time management systems. Check out her Free Meditation Courses today!

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How to Meditate Deeply For Peace of Mind

Our crazy daily reality almost mandates that we know how to meditate deeply for peace of mind. Think about it: We’re on the go almost from the time we open our eyes in the morning until the time we finally can grab MAYBE a few hours of unrestful sleep at night. Can that possibly be a healthy or sustainable thing? Most people would answer in the negative.

What can we do, then? Well, there are several methods for gaining a little peace of mind and tranquility through meditation. Even if we’re only able to do so for a few minutes out of our busy lives, it might be that we find much longer-lasting benefits if we’re consistent about the practice.

First of all, decide on which form of meditation you’d like to try. The simplest and easiest to do normally revolves around a kind of breathing process that is combined with a simultaneous “focus” on some external object or thought. Commonly, that object is a point in between the eyebrows. If you’re uncomfortable with closing your eyes, try to focus on a fixed point directly in front of you.

This is the basic mechanism. Let’s look at the physical steps that should take place. Take a moment to find a quiet place. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. A chair is fine, as long as it’s not putting any stress on your body. Make sure your posture is good and your spine is straight. Then, close your eyes and begin breathing deeply, in and out and slowly and rhythmically. Don’t concentrate on any one single thought, but let them come and go without struggle. Try to do this for ten minutes or so, if you can.

The physical act of meditation can help the body to release helpful and calming chemicals known as endorphins. This is a benefit to just about any person. Also, relaxing breathing will help you figuratively clear the mind of needless distraction and unhelpful thought processes. Do all these things regularly, and you should be pleased with the results.

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A Quick Look at the Benefits of Meditation for Quieting the Mind and Relieving Stress

You do not need to be told that your mind is cluttered. It is actually becoming a problem and a source of stress. You cannot concentrate on what is happening at the moment because your mind wanders to the past, the what if’s and what the possibilities are.

How do you gain a peaceful mind and how do you relieve yourself of stress by doing meditation? When the world seems to be shouting at you with so many things that are happening, many people wanting your attention, many problems that you need to address, it is with silence that you will find your comfort. When you calm yourself down and meditate, you will have a clearer mind and a better ability to process how you would deal with whatever you have to face as of the moment.

These are some of the benefits of meditation for quieting the mind & relieving stress.

1. You will be able to find your inner peace by going through the process of meditation. There are a lot of people who would schedule a travel getaway to a serene location just to be alone for once and feel at peace. You do not need to spend a lot for this once in a blue moon travel because you can find inner peace any time you want on a daily basis. You simply have to find a free time each day in order to escape from your problems and work. You will spend some minutes doing yoga and meditating in order to calm yourself and mind.

2. In order to release stress, you have to learn the right yoga postures and ways to meditate. As you go through the process and try the higher yoga levels, you will be able to detoxify your system and in doing so, de-stress your mind as well.

3. By learning the right breathing exercises and by being in tune with your inner peace, you will be able to easily calm your nerves after getting involved in a fight.

To begin learning about the benefits of meditation for quieting the mind & relieving stress, here’s a look into the processes involved.

1. Learn about the right breathing exercises or pranayams. This will make you aware and enable you to build the life-force energy in your system. After a fight, you can help calm your nerves by performing a breathing exercise known as Bhastrika. Make sure though, that the right trainer helps you understand about pranayams. If you are suffering from any ailment that hinders you from breathing properly, you will be advised to breathe slowly or take long deep breaths, depending on your situation.

2. Find your creative muse by engaging in activities, which can be your outlet in releasing stress. These can be in the form of music, art or writing. The latter can be about anything, from keeping a journal, writing poems and stories.

There are many other things that you can do to attain inner peace, but it is best that you begin with simple tasks and the basics, and move on to the more difficult activities as you go through the process.

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