Mindful breathing sounds like a funny concept. Why would you have to pay attention to breathing when it’s one of the most natural, unconscious things our bodies do? In the context of meditation, focusing on the breath can be a powerful technique to help you stay present.
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Maintaining a daily meditation practice may sound challenging, but the simple act of focusing on what you’re doing and not what you’re going to do next can give you a taste of the benefits of mindfulness and help you forge a new relationship with your thoughts.
Though meditation has been around for millennia, it can be a bit of a mystery for some. Getting at the truth about what meditation is—and isn’t—may help warm you up to the idea of giving it a try. Don’t let misconceptions deter you from reaping its benefits.
Carving out a chunk of time each day to mediate may not always be possible, but you can still make it a part of your day simply by becoming more mindful during regular activities from brushing your teeth to doing the laundry.
For centuries, people have turned to meditation to quiet the mind and soothe the soul, but there may be even more concrete health benefits to this ancient practice. Here’s a round-up of some of the latest interesting findings.
Think you need 30 minutes in a quiet, dark room to get into the meditation frame of mind? Not necessarily. You can calm and center yourself anytime, anywhere, in the form of 60-second meditations. These are simple acts that carry the same health benefits as longer sessions of meditation.