The healing power of meditation

5 January 2016

Meditation

There are many reasons why you should think about incorporating meditation into your daily schedule.

It can help improve concentration, encourage a healthy lifestyle, increase happiness and self-acceptance and has even been proven to slow down aging!

Getting started

1. Make time

First of all, you must commit to setting aside 10 minutes each day to meditate. Mornings suit most people best, but find a time that is right for you.

2. Find your peaceful place

Another practicality to consider is where you are going to do it each day. You’ll need to choose a quiet place, where you can sit undisturbed and relax.

3. Sit comfortably

Once you have selected a place to meditate, sit with your back straight but your neck relaxed.

4. Defocus

Soften the focus of your eyes, then take five deep breaths (in through the nose, out through the mouth...) and on the last exhalation, close your eyes.

5. Pay attention to your senses

Check in to all five senses: touch, taste, scent, sight and sound.

6. Your thoughts

Now turn your focus to your thoughts. Allow them to sweep into your mind, without attempting to alter them. Become aware of what’s there and resist the temptation of self-judgement. Be kind to yourself.

7. Your breathing

Bring your attention to your breathing, making no effort to change it – simply observe the sensation of inhaling and exhaling.

8. Preparing to finish

Start to notice all five senses again and when you feel ready, slowly open your eyes.

Headspace

To learn more about the benefits of meditation, visit Headspace.

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