Meditation 101: Tips and Benefits
The start of the new year calls for new habits, new intentions, and new goals. Meditation is a powerful tool to help release anxiety, fear, and worry. “Meditation is mind without agitation,” Shrimati Bhanu Narasimhan says. Making meditation part of your daily routine so that it’s as natural as brushing your teeth will help you deal and release any mental tension you may have accumulated and improve your overall health.
In addition to reducing stress, meditation is proven to improve compassion, self-love, increase focus, and helps you change negative thought patterns and replace them with positive ones. Moreover, it can even slow aging as it changes brain physiology to retain cognition.
Below are a few tips on how to incorporate meditation into your daily routine:
· Create a sacred space designated for relaxation and meditation. It should be quiet, maybe you can have an altar or a vision board above your space. You can look into buying a meditation pillow or sit on the chair or even outside in nature.
· Start small. Start with 5 minutes each day to begin with to avoid burnout or frustration There are plenty of timer and meditation apps out there. Set small goals each week to increase the time till you get to 20 or 30 minutes.
· Make it a habit by doing it at the same time each day, preferably before breakfast and before going to bed.
· Look into meditation classes or find a guide you like. We love Headspace and Tara Brach but classes are also effective as there’s a different dynamic when you’re in a group and you can start forming a community with those around you.