Ever get somewhere and realize you have no idea how you got there? You don’t remember the actual drive time or directions? What about when you’re driving down the highway, looking at the lines? They’re mesmerizing, aren’t they?
We go in and out of trances daily. We daydream. We get lost in thought. Sometimes, we even argue with ourselves (you know who you are). Our minds need the downtime, the time to unwind, de-stress, but many times, we feel our brains just won’t let us wind down.
The practice of meditation, even guided meditation, is a tool to help you get the ‘monkey mind’ – that mind that is jumping from topic to topic, usually when you’re trying to fall asleep – to calm down. Guided meditation can help you to enter a state of deep relaxation using someone else’s voice to keep you focused. In such a state, your unconscious mind (the right back part of your brain) opens up to receive helpful and beneficial suggestions that you’re selecting to work on or even just to reach a relax state of peace and quiet, which our brains and bodies need.
UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center offers a variety of free downloads (in English and Spanish) to listen to: http://marc.ucla.edu/mindful-meditations. If you’d like to learn about the benefits of meditation, LiveandDare.com has an excellent summary of a variety of studies and benefits posted here: http://liveanddare.com/benefits-of-meditation/.
Just a few things a daily meditation practice can help you with:
- Better focus
- Access to your creative self
- Less stress
- Better awareness
- Reduced health risks
- Improved empathy, communication skills and relationships
- Decrease feelings of social isolation, worry, and loneliness
- Improved sleep
While you may only be looking to improve in one area, you can surely find a few minutes a day to practice meditation and give yourself the gift of finding improvements in other areas of your life. And whether it’s a 90-second practice, a 5-minute one or a 30+ minute one, any time spent will be beneficial. To get you started, you can try out both my 90-Second Breathing Meditation and the Relax into Being Meditation. Don’t use them while operating heavy machinery or driving!
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