Why The Hell Is Everyone Meditating?
ugh, and get that kale out of my face!
Have you ever noticed that everyone is meditating these days? Every time someone brings it up, I do a major eye roll. Except the only problem is that I do it too. Gross, I know. But it actually really helps.
Each day I think of my life as the clothing I wear. By the end of the day, those clothes are dirty. For me, meditating is like doing the laundry. It cleans up all the stuff from the day: any resentments, frustrations, stresses. It's a recharge.
Don't believe me?
What are the health benefits?
It reduces stress
It improves concentration
It increases self-awareness
It helps fight fear, depression, and anxiety
It helps prevent emotional eating and smoking
It helps develop positive social connections
It increases happiness
It slows aging (IMPORTANT!)
It helps with your immune health
Improves energy level
AND MORE!!!!! I SWEAR!! IT ACTUALLY IS GREAT!! IT'S BASICALLY JUST SITTING!
How do you meditate?
Find a comfortable place where you won't be distracted. Set a positive intention for your meditation: you want to feel peace, release stress, be happy.
Sit in a comfortable position.. Breathe naturally. Relax. Begin to pay attention to your breath. As you start to unwind, you might notice you start inhaling and exhaling at a slower pace. Allow your mind to be stress free-- don't think of to do lists, work, or you relationships. If a thought pops in, allow it to float in and out like a leaf in the wind.
If you'd like, you can either sit in silence, or listen to some relaxing chakra balancing or spa music. Whatever suits you.
And you only have to do it for 3-5 minutes for it to be effective!!
Use the headspace app
Headspace is a digital service that provides guided meditation sessions and mindfulness training. Its content can be accessed online, or via their mobile apps. In April 2016, Headspace claimed to have over 6 million people using the app.
Need some more help?
Refinery 29 has a great 30 day guided meditation you can try out.
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