Friday 21 February 2020
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Slow Down Your Thoughts with Meditation

In today’s fast-moving society, it can be hard to give your mind a break. There is always something to think about. What do I need from the store? What should I cook for dinner? Don’t forget about the kid’s doctor appointment. Where am I going to find the time to volunteer? The list goes on and on. It seems as long as we are awake, our minds are racing and thinking about a hundred things at once. When you add in extra stimulation of things like your mobile phone and social media, it sometimes feels difficult to focus for even a couple of minutes.

Give Your Mind a Rest

While it might seem this side of impossible to give your mind a rest and stop thinking about everything going on around you, this is actually one of the healthiest things that you can do for yourself. When you give your mind a break, you can find inner peace and sometimes even the solutions to problems that have been hard to solve. When you are first learning how to meditate, it might be challenging to shut off the thoughts that follow you throughout the day. Our minds were designed to solve problems, but sometimes in order to solve problems most effectively, it is important to stop the repetitive thoughts and worries that plague us every day.


Start Meditation

There is no absolute right or absolute wrong way to meditate, but the basics are the same. You should find a quiet place to sit or lay down. This can be somewhere in your home, one of your favourite places outdoors or somewhere that brings you happiness. Once you find a comfortable position, close your eyes and start breathing slowly. Instead of letting thoughts run loose in your head, concentrate on your breathing. Slowly inhale a breath and hold it for three seconds, then exhale. Repeat this process several times, until you are breathing slowly without giving it a lot of thoughts. The more often you do this, the easier it will be for you to get into a state of meditation. Meditation is helpful for dealing with stress, anxiety, worries and woes simply because it causes you to put these things out of your mind. It makes you feel better and helps you centre and focus on the things in life that are really important to you. When you are able to find inner peace, you can approach all of your problems a little more level-headed. There are always solutions to the troubles in life that you are experiencing. When your mind is silent, the answers can come to you through your subconscious that it being drowned out by your waking, logical mind that is always searching for patterns and habit. One of the best parts is that it costs you absolutely nothing to start meditating on a daily basis. You can do it whenever you have some free time, it does not matter when. Good luck!