Is meditation the answer?

Silhouette of a beatiful woman meditating on a rock by the sea

I recently went back to mediating after a long time away.  We get so wrapped up in our daily grind that we rarely just stop.  Certainly you have 10 minutes to yourself correct?

I began practicing several years ago when I found myself actually causing more stress to myself.  I’ve always been pretty mindful, but it’s a sad feeling when you realize that the stress around you doesn’t have to be there.  I either caused some of it or let some of the stress get out of hand.  Working to please others, I felt short of myself.

Meditation has been shown to:

  1. Reduce stress
  2. Improve concentration
  3. Encourages a health lifestyle
  4. Increases self awareness
  5. Increases happiness
  6. Increases acceptance
  7. Slows aging
  8. Benefits cardiovascular and immune health

Read more at: 8 Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Life

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If those things doesn’t intrigue your mind in wanting to at least try it out, I don’t know what will.  Who would not want those mentioned health benefits?  It might be easy to say, “Find a quiet place for 10 minutes and focus on your breathing.”  It’s a lot difficult than you might think, especially if you are constantly on the go, thinking of your next move.

There are many different styles of meditating that I think you should try- what works for one may not work for another. Can you believe that there are actually 23 types?  I found a great web site that not only describes the different techniques, but also illustrates body position.

TYPES OF MEDITATION – AN OVERVIEW OF 23 MEDITATION TECHNIQUES

Remember, you don’t have to do this everyday, certainly not for 20-30 minutes at a time.  I challenge you to meditate 2-3x a week for 10 minutes.  You might have to attempt several different styles to find what works for you. I think you will find, that over time, you look at the events in your life a little differently.

Good luck!

Kristina