Melt away stress …. Before it happens!
- Learn the benefits of meditating – do you research. The benefits of meditation could go on forever but here is a few things I have learned and gained from. Meditating morning and night helps reduce stress by a large margin. It helps curve the overthinking process that our minds have a tendency to do. Meditating helps relax the nervous system and reduces anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
- Start Small – For beginners, start small 3 – 5 minutes couple times a day when feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
- Meditate Your Way – most think that there is a rigid way to get the most out of meditating, a big false. You can choose to either sit Buddha Style (Lotus), lie down on either on a couch, bed, floor or yoga mat, or get comfy in the recliner. The choices are endless. The main goal is to feel comfortable and at ease. As for me, my three favorite spots to meditate is my yoga mat, my recliner when I am meditating to release chronic pain, and outside among nature for a closer spiritual atmosphere. I also prefer big headphones to wear to block out any surrounding noise, this helps me concentrate on my breathing and focus to open up my imagination, inspiration and intuition channels.
- Try Walking Meditation – put some low background music on go for a walk around your neighborhood, out among nature or in a city park and meditate by concentrate on your breathing and seeing with your eyes. This will open your eyes to the aesthetic values and the value of beauty among us.
- Ultimate Goal – The ultimate goal of meditating is for you to ease your mind from daily stress. Try massaging your temples, jaw line and the back of your neck. Once you have been meditating the more control you will have over your thoughts and the overthinking mind. But remember to just relax your mind, body and soul!
Practicing Awareness, Meditation & Mindfulness
Before I even start my day or end my day, I do a quick run through of my own thoughts, ideas & behaviors and ask myself what I could change or have done different about my day. I always open my day with a prayer and a round of meditation and end my day in a silent meditation. Here is an app/website I highly recommend for beginners in meditation, awareness and mindfulness. It can be download on Android or Apple.
- Start each day by writing down your thoughts, ideas, behavior, attitude and relationships. Take the time while you eat a healthy breakfast, jot down what your mood is, what is stressing you such as that deadline you have this week, what triggers your behaviors and attitude throughout the day. But also don’t forget to write about the good stuff too. Such has your gratefulness towards your partner or child, maybe write a short thank you to the stranger that opened a door for you.
- Mark up a self-assessment – Take note on how your actions might be affecting others around you. Ask yourself, have you been honest to everyone but most of all what about your honesty to yourself. How about your usage of words at work, around the dinner table or on the internet?
- Put your ideas into action – Don’t be afraid to speak up at the next conference or office meeting. Your idea may be exactly what your boss is looking for. Speak up wherever you can, this opens your mind, your creativity and doors to a bright future.
- Re-read or analyze your progresses & failures…. Progress is great but its the failures that help us grow and achieve our goals and dreams
- Set new goals each week – pick a weekend to set new goals and evaluate your past week and take not of what you can change for the better.
P.S. Don’t forget to choose your Daily Mantra too!
These words I leave for you,
In hopes it will guide your soul
Throughout the night
And by morning light,
May all you troubles
Worries and sorrows
And you will be ….
YOU, Once again!
connect to yourself as one
allow great things to happen,
be in the present moment,
follow your higher spirit,
accept the “what is”
live life to the fullest,
catch a star, dream on it
be as you are…