Is it true that mindfulness is the door to release and relaxation?
Meditation practices have evolved and expanded greatly over the recent decade. An increase in books, podcasts, phone applications, and technique classes has reached the lives of many individuals, introducing them to discovering natural ways to relax and be present. Meditation does not come easily or without practice, so how do you know if taking time to learn will be beneficial for your life?
Meditation Can Be For Anywhere
Believe it or not, you do not need a space that is decorated with incense, candles, and buddha decor. Choose a place in your home that is clean and comfortable. By designating a space that is used for relaxation and meditation, you will likely find comfort and ease when beginning your practice.
Time is Not An Object
Busy lifestyles call for a moment of relaxation. Set a time and stick to it! Even if it is only 10 minutes, these moments you have to yourself can reduce stress and anxiety and assist you in having a clear mind to conquer your day. Choosing a specific time to meditate can help you get into the habit of practicing.
Do not be afraid to get started. Find your space, find your breath, and take some time to reflect for yourself! Here are some tips for beginners:
Assistance is Beneficial
Using meditation apps such as Calm or Headspace are great ways to be guided through your practice. With continued use, you will feel more confident in your ability to be mindful and in the moment.
Focusing on your breath is essential to a successful meditation session. Focusing on the breath can reduce stress and release the body of tension. Getting into rhythmic breathing can be a great way to focus on your practice and bring awareness to your body.
Please remember to always be patient and kind to your body. Be grateful for the time you spend with yourself.
Written by GUADS intern Isabel