It is nice to live for the moment without worrying about the mistakes from the past and possible difficulties in the future. The reality is that it is quite difficult to simply live for the moment as you wish.
We cannot simply isolate the fact that in order to live a promising life today, some sacrifices must be made. Often times those sacrifices contribute a lot in amplifying our anxiety, stress, and worries.
Is there a way to eliminate or reduce stress?
Rejoice, because there is a way!
What is Meditation
Meditation is an effective way to reduce your anxiety, stress, and worries. It can you neutralize the mind’s stress producing activities without sacrificing your efficiency and alertness. Meditation can help you feel happier, alleviate chronic pain, combat stress, promote health, gain better sleep, and achieve the needed serenity.
Here are the simple yet powerful tips
Always Follow the Right Posture
You can meditate while cross-legged on the floor or sitting on a chair, just make sure that your back is straight. Keeping your back straight can help you maintain your focus and not let your mind drift somewhere else
Open your Eyes and Keep your Focus
Some people find it more comfortable to close their eyes while meditating, but doing so might make your thoughts drift somewhere and you will be lost. Keep your eyes open and lower it for a bit to soften your gaze. However, if you are confident that you can empty your thoughts and stay focused while your eyes are closed then you can shut your eyes, especially when you find it more comfortable.
Count your Breath
When you meditate, it is important to pay attention to your breathing that can help anchor you in the present moment. Breathe in and out naturally. As you breathe out, silently count 1, the next time you breathe out count 2, and up to count 4 then go back to 1. When your thoughts start to go astray, start to bother you so much, or suddenly you find yourself counting twenty, immediately re-start counting from 1 and only up to 4. You can only start counting all over again once you’ve counted 4.
Honor your Emotions but Avoid Being Swayed
It is only natural to experience different emotions, but you need to prevent yourself from being manipulated by your emotions. There is a need for you to acknowledge your strong emotions such, as anger and shame, but don’t give it a chance to take the best of you. It would be difficult for you to remain focused if you succumb to the strong emotions that would like to invade your mind, spirit, and body.
Choose the Proper Place and Time
There are people who can concentrate more when they hear calming music, but nothing beats the sound of silence when meditating. When you hear utter silence, you can actually experience what your mind is doing. You feel calm and steady. A soothing sensation shrouds you and you feel peaceful.
You can choose other venue for your meditation, and make sure that you won’t be disturbed. Choose the most convenient time for your meditation, it could be early in the morning or late at night. You can meditate in the afternoon when no one is around. You can meditate for a few minutes or go longer than an hour. Do what you feel is right.
Take Utmost Pleasure
It is important that you find meditation enjoyable and pleasurable. Make sure that you have the correct posture, nothing affects your focus, and it is the right time and place.
You don’t need an hour to meditate. You can start for a few minutes and add just a little each day with an allusion of smile on your lips.