We are overloaded: Overloaded with information, heavy workloads, and complicated home lives. We mean well but often find ourselves distracted, depleted, and frustrated. We know what we want but often lack the insight into how to get it or when to act. Of all the options for helping us deal with our overload, I find meditation the most powerful and effective tool for dealing with the demands of our modern day world.
Meditation offers many powerful benefits
- Decrease stress
- Help regulate emotions
- Improve ability to learn new behaviors or change old habits
- Increase ability to resist impulses and distractions
- Increase calm and focus
Personal testimony and scientific study confirms the value of meditation. So, why doesn't everyone meditate? The most common excuse is not enough time. But in reality, meditating just 5 minutes a day can reap tremendous benefit.
Simple 5 minute meditation
Set your timer for 5 minutes. Sit in a position where you can be comfortable and still for 5 minutes.Close your eyes and begin focusing on your breath. Try to increase the inhale and the exhale. Let your body relax. Keep watching your breath. If your mind wanders, bring your attention back to the breath.If you have an urge to move or scratch, stay still and bring your attention back to the breath. When your timer goes off, take a deep inhale and exhale, and slowly open your eyes.
Just do it!
Don't think you can meditate once and get all the goodies. Meditation is a practice, and your ability to stay calm and focused increases over time. Just sitting still for 5 minutes a day can be a tremendous challenge. The key to success is consistency! The amount of time you take to meditate or the quality of your meditation doesn't matter nearly as much as doing it every day. Consistently training your mind and body to stay calm and focused is the key to success when it comes to meditation. No matter what, just meditate for 5 minutes every day.
Reap the benefits
When we face our challenges with stronger will, deeper focus, and increased calm, we can better know what needs to be done and how to do it. We are less distracted and waste less time on irrelevant or diversionary tasks leaving more time and energy to face our challenges and deadlines. Try a 30-day challenge. There is nothing to lose and great benefit to gain.
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