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.
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If you’re reading these words, you’re breathing—and probably not thinking too much of it. We do this naturally, of course, to make sure our bodies get the oxygen they need to survive. You can, however, learn to breathe in certain ways to re-energize and restore your body and mind.
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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.
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.
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.
Keeping a journal can be a spiritual practice that allows you to connect internally and express yourself. It can also be a healing experience during difficult times—one that can help you understand how you’re feeling in the moment. Not sure how to start? Consider these types of journals.
Many times, whether we’re trying to calm ourselves down or think twice before we speak, we take a deep breath. Sometimes it happens automatically, as if our bodies are telling us, “Wait, I need a minute.” Other times, we are more conscious about using our breath to ground us.