MEDITATION FOR STRESS REDUCTION
The human race is filled with daily stress and suffering. By and large, people have learned to tolerate their circumstances with no release mechanisms to counteract the destructive aspects of stress. The results are often incapacitation, irritability, insomnia, and headaches to name just a few.
When I talk to people about meditation, they sight very similar circumstances as to why they cannot meditate. They are too busy, they can’t sit still for any length of time, they have tried it in the past and they think of everything they need to do and thus their mind wanders the entire time. etc. When I ask them if they can breathe and close their eyes, and they reply “yes”, I then tell them they can meditate.
Mediation is an art form, that when done consistently is developed naturally without sacrifice. It allows the mind to construct a release valve in cases where stress becomes disruptive to life.
Meditation is a mental reset much like rebooting your computer when it begins to function improperly.
So how does one begin?
The answer is quite simple. You draw a deep cleansing breath, hold it for a couple of seconds and exhale. That’s it.
You too have begun to meditate!
When we are stressed, our brain and body becomes deprived of oxygen. We simply for forget to breathe fully, utilizing our entire lung capacity. Our life force energy, known as prana is vital not only to our health, but our survival. When we get stressed, our heartbeat quickens, our blood pressure often rises, and we cease to fully use our lungs to the capacity in which they were intended. We take shorter and more frequent breaths causing our lungs to operate insufficiently for the needs of our body.
As the cadence of our life quickens, our breathing can often take a back seat, as this is part of the autonomic nervous system and rarely thought of as an organ that needs to be exercised. In order for our lungs to operate to their fullest, we must take deep cleansing breaths.
The technique below is helpful for times of acute stress, insomnia and acts as a mental reset.
Sit or lie down comfortably with your spine straight. Place your right hand on your heart and the left hand over your abdomen and feel your heart and breath simultaneously. Close your eyes and take a full,deep breath through your nose to the count of 4 seconds, completely filling your lungs to capacity.
Hold for 7 seconds. (You may need to work up to the full 7 seconds)
Exhale through the mouth forcefully for 8 seconds depleting the lungs completely.
Repeat this 4 times, then return to normal breathing.
This can be done anywhere, anytime, and takes only a couple of minutes .
A simple meditation technique such as this, will clear your thoughts while relax the body, mind and spirit; restoring balance and harmony in everyday life.