Do you meditate?
I didn’t always. In fact, until this past four years hadn’t ever considered it! But, can I just tell you how happy I am that its a part of my life now?
Often, if you aren’t familiar with the practice of meditation, it’s often misunderstood as only a spiritual or religious practice. Although it’s commonly incorporated into a spiritual or religious practice, it’s also used as an effective calming tool to reduce stress in our lives.
Meditation has been a way to reduce the stress response in my body. 2008 became the beginning of a five year series of stressful events in my life. It seems by the time we reach the age of forty, many of us begin to experience massive storms in our lives. I was no exception. I experienced everything from losing my home, my business of 25 years, and five family members over that five year period. Stress had taken its toll on my body. (You can read more about that here.)
I was anxious, not sleeping, my hormones were in a rage, and my cortisol levels were through the roof. Beginning a meditation practice for myself, I developed a tool for learning to breathe through challenging, stressful events in life. By using this stress management tool, I began healing from those effects. It also brought clarity to my mind when times were not stressful.
It was difficult at first slowing down my pace enough to sit still for two minutes at a time. Who has time for that, right? There’s so much to do in the day – but then, slowing down is the point! I began allowing myself those few minutes each day to be still. I soon appreciated that I didn’t have to do anything in that short amount of time and I liked it. A lot. When I finished each session, I felt refreshed and sense of accomplishment. After a while, it became easy to increase the minutes of my sessions.
I’ve enjoyed using a few simple meditation apps on my phone. I found a free meditation app called Headspace that introduced me to guided meditation. The host, Andy, has a soothing and comfortable Australian voice. His voice quickly became a welcomed “friend” when it came time to meditate.
Within that app, I also discovered a sleeping meditation series. It changed my world! No longer would my head spin and thoughts bombard me when it came time to sleep. I could relax deeply and focus on my breathing, allowing my body to prepare to sleep.
The app made it easy to create consistency in my daily meditation. I began testing more apps to see which I liked best. Learning to breathe deeply, having an easy way to meditate, and calming my mind and body has been a game changer in my life.
As a result, I believe anyone over 40 should be incorporating a meditation practice into their day. In fact, at any age! It’s never too early nor too late to learn to let go, breathe and relax. There are so many benefits:
- Meditation reduces stress.
- It improves concentration.
- It encourages a healthy lifestyle.
- The practice increases self-awareness.
- It increases happiness.
- Meditation increases acceptance.
- The practice benefits cardiovascular and immune health.
I want you to discover these benefits too!
Download my FREE PDF here: EASY MINDFULNESS MEDITATION TECHNIQUES-
In this resource you’ll find my top five mindfulness meditation examples for beginners; including a list of my all time favorite meditations! If you’re new to meditation, this is a fantastic resource for you to test the waters.
Let me know how it goes in the comments below. Enjoy!!