Reduce Stress With Meditation

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 31st Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Meditation can help you get away from it all without ever leaving home. Escape stress, anxiety and problems by learning this ancient relaxation technique.

What is Meditation?

A few minutes of meditation each day can lead to a lot of stress reduction in your life. Meditation began thousands of years ago in the eastern part of the world and has now become popular here in the West. Meditation is an easy way to reduce stress, cope with life's problems and anxieties, and lower blood pressure.
Step one is to find a quiet spot. Turn off your cell phone, television and other distractions. Sit up straight either in a chair or cross-legged on a mat placed on the floor. Some people like to close their eyes while others prefer to keep them open and focus on one spot on the floor or walls. This is your choice.
Some people can't meditate unless there is soft, soothing music playing in the background. Other people prefer to listen to a CD of nature sounds. Still others like to meditate in silence. See what works best for you.
Focus on your breath as you slowly breathe in and out. Do this for at least five minutes a day and gradually work up to 10 or 15 minutes a day. You may go longer if you wish.
Some people meditate through simply focusing on their breath the whole time while others prefer to repeat a mantra. If you decide to use a mantra, keep it short. Peace, love and one are all good words to use in a mantra.

When to Meditate

Many people like to get up early and start their day with meditation. This can put you in a positive frame of mind for the whole day. Meditation can help you reduce stress and stay calm and focused for whatever problems, stresses or anxieties you will encounter this day.
Some people meditate on their lunch hour. Others meditate in the evening after work is done, the children are in bed and the dishes are washed.
Whenever you choose to meditate, try to do it at the same time and place each day. This will help you to make meditation a habit.

Where to Meditate

Meditation can be done almost anywhere. Some people like to meditate in a backyard garden or public park. Being outside in nature can help people to meditate better and help them to reduce stress.
Others find the outdoors too distracting and noisy. They prefer to find a quiet spot indoors. Some city dwellers even go up to the roof of their apartment building to meditate.

Stay Focused

Often, people who meditate will become distracted by thoughts of work, chores that didn't get done or other problems or issues facing them. When this happens, simply acknowledge the thought and then bring your focus back to your breath or mantra, if you are using one.
This is common for many people when they first start meditating. Even people with a lot of experience with meditation occasionally experience unwanted thoughts and distractions. Don't let it bother you. Be gentle with yourself. Meditation takes practice just like any other activity you try.
Once you begin meditating, you will notice your anxieties begin to disappear. You will be able to cope with your problems easier and reduce stress - even if you do have to go up on the roof.

The photo of the young man meditating came from and does not require attribution.
The photo of the man meditating at sunrise was taken by Nicholas Tacchi and shared on Wikimedia Commons on July 26, 2008.
The photo of a man meditating on a rooftop was taken by Loe Wrents and shared on Wikimedia Commons on April 16, 2013.
The last photo of a man meditating at sunrise was taken by Dedda71 and shared on WIkimedia Commons on Aug. 26, 2009.

Here is a link to a Wikinut article I wrote about mindfulness


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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
31st Jul 2013 (#)

so very important to do this and move beyond all worldly stuff...thank you Connie...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
31st Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks, Carolina. I think it's a wonderful thing for everybody to do.

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author avatar jenny1015
31st Jul 2013 (#)

I think it should be practiced by all busy people. It would surely energize them to face the world each day.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
1st Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Jenny. It is a great way to start the day.

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author avatar LOVERME
1st Aug 2013 (#)

we stand to differ do read mine too and share will u

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author avatar Delicia Powers
3rd Aug 2013 (#)

Lovely, thank you Connie..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Aug 2013 (#)

Very uplifting and useful share Connie, thank you. I feel we should follow up meditation by not stressing our lives soon after - we need to know our limits than get carried away by worldly pursuits that bring us mostly pain and heartache. Balance in life, pause and reflect, will make us realize what life is about - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
4th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks,. Delicia

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author avatar Connie McKinney
4th Aug 2013 (#)

Siva, well said as always. I agree - balance, pause and reflect. Great advice.

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author avatar MMD
4th Aug 2013 (#)

During reading your this article, I had leave reading and did it and believe me it reduce my stress.

Thanks for this connie.

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