The Life-Changing Gift Of Being Present
Wouldn't you love to lower your stress and anxiety levels naturally? Want to sleep better? Would you like to increase your self-awareness or improve how you manage your weight? Meditation can help with these things and more. Mindfulness meditation, the practice of being fully aware in the present moment, has been life changing for many.
You can start your practice by choosing to be intentional about one habit, such as the way you approach mealtimes. Each forkful can be a meditation. Instead of losing yourself in a television show, eat in silence and concentrate on your meal’s taste, smell and texture.
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Then you can begin practicing in other areas of your life, such as exercise. Pursue mindful-ness during regular walks, focusing on the sound of your sneakers hitting the pavement. It takes consistency of practice to reap the benefits. Even with a busy schedule, almost everyone can find five minutes a day for this.
Meditation isn’t so much about emptying the mind as it is about being fully engaged with the present. It’s natural for your mind to drift to what’s for dinner or the issue you had with a coworker that day. The trick is to refocus your thoughts on what’s going on now: your breathing, the quiet around you, the feel of the floor beneath your feet. It’s not necessary to chant or to say “Om,” but some people do. You could sample silent meditation, guided meditation or moving meditation, such as tai chi, to see what works for you. Online apps and guides can help you with your search.
If you’ve never tried meditating, or even if you’ve tried it but couldn’t get it to click for you, exploring your personal practice is worthwhile. You owe it to yourself to reclaim your time and your peace.