Have you ever tried meditation? If not, this is the time to give it a try. The year 2020 has been a rollercoaster of emotions for most humans all over the world. The uncertainly about our health, health of our loved ones and the economy created additional anxiety and stress in our lives.
How can we combat anxiety and stress?
Meditation might be the answer you have been looking for. There are many ways to meditate, from sitting to walking to moving practice meditation like yoga or tai chi. For instance, one of my teachers suggests to sit still and let your mind wander to help process daily events. Another teacher recommends focusing your mind on an image, your “happy place”, and allow your thoughts to float by like clouds. There are many guided practices available for free on the application, Insight Timer.
What does meditation actually do?
According to the recent article on chopra.com meditation has many health benefits.
1. Reverses the fight-or-flight response
2. Initiates rest
3. Activates resilience
4. Creates more space in your head
5. Creates new pathways in the brain
6. Releases brain chemicals that are linked to happiness
7. Helps you to attain balance
Further, according to Healthline an 8-week study, a meditation style called “mindfulness meditation” revealed reduced inflammation response caused by stress. Meditation has also shown to reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and fibromyalgia. Moreover, studies have demonstrated that meditation practices can decrease blood pressure, help control pain and reduce symptoms of depression. Finally, practicing meditation can enhance your self-awareness, generate kindness and help you become a less anxious and more compassionate human being.
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As mentioned above yoga is considered a moving meditation and mindfulness practice. If you are looking to learn more about meditation and yoga please click here to contact me. All private yoga lessons start with a short grounding meditation, followed up with mindful movement and concluded with a relaxation practice.