Meditation has a wide range of benefits. Just a few minutes a day can help keep your mind focused rather than living in the past, living in the future or having negative thoughts.
Do you have trouble meditating because you feel like you’re wasting your time? Is your mind filled with other things you could be doing or what you’re going to do later today?
Maybe you spend time thinking about the outcome of events that haven’t occurred yet or replay old events in your mind.
Spending too much time in the past or the future means that you’re missing out on the wonderful things that are taking place in the present moment.
Living like this activates the ‘Fight or Flight’ response in your body – a stress response that prepares you to fight off or escape situations that may be dangerous to you. This causes wear and tear on your body and increases your risk of illness.
Meditation allows you to take time out, to regroup and to create a state of mindfulness. It brings you back to the present moment. It helps you to focus on what’s happening here and now and to let go of the past and the future. By doing so, it relieves your body and mind of unnecessary stress.
Here’s three ways you can meditate and become mindful in the moment –
1. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. You may have a positive incantation to concentrate on.
2. You can meditate by simply concentrating on the task at hand. If you are washing the dishes, feel how the water and the soap suds feel on your hands. Feel the texture of the material the dishes are made of.
3. Meditate when you’re mowing the lawn. Enjoy the smell of the freshly mown grass. Take notice of the birds in the trees. Feel how great it feels to be outdoors.
Practiced regularly, mindfulness becomes a way of living. Life becomes less stressful and your health improves. Life becomes more fun and time slows down. Wonderful memories are created.
The old saying is true – Stop and smell the roses. Take the time to create a state of mindfulness and improve your life.