Today, we’re going to talk about something that happened and came out of my life a few different times, depending on what was going on. I’m back in mojo meditation now and it was incredible to make it a part of my life again. My dreams come alive every night, I sleep peacefully, and I feel more calm and focused throughout the day.
In today’s episode, I’m excited to share more about what meditation is, how to use it in your routine, and the different ways you can try at home.
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097: The benefits of meditation and how to apply it in your life
Meditation has been linked to many potential benefits, including promoting healthy blood pressure, improving anxiety, depression and insomnia, and reducing pain. It has also been shown to potentially help with digestive issues and smoking cessation. It can also help increase resilience to stress, which is a big reason why I am so grateful. According to a 2015 study from Cognitive and affective social neuroscienceAnd Mindfulness practices suppress activity in the amygdala, which is responsible for experiencing strong emotions, such as fear, pleasure, or anger.
in a this studyIt has been shown to increase the connections between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex, which helps us be less reactive to stressors and improves response to stress.
While meditation has been used in different cultures for thousands of years, it has become increasingly popular in the United States over the past fifteen years or so.
a 2017 National Health Interview Survey It found that the meditation of adults in the United States tripled between 2012 and 2017, and children’s meditation increased from 0.6% in 2012 to 5.4% in 2017. It is estimated that 3.1 million American children use mindfulness meditation at school. that it estimated That between 200 and 500 million people meditate around the world, and the 10 best meditation apps have been created $195 million sales in 2019. (I’m really interested to see how much they’ve made in 2020 – now.)
There are many different types of meditation, but they usually involve a combination of the following:
– A quiet place
Focus on breathing
Draw your attention inward and let stray thoughts come and go
Just like many other things in our wellness routine, meditation can have healing properties, but it is not a substitute for conventional therapy. If you suffer from anxiety or depression, please seek the help you deserve.
How to meditate:
1) Find a comfortable place in a quiet place. You can sit in a chair, on the floor, on a yoga mat, or lie down (if you are not sleepy). I use my PEMF Go Mat! I don’t recommend meditating in bed because you don’t want to associate meditation with sleep. You can also listen to crystal bowls, binaural tunes on Spotify, or some slow music.
2) Set the timer. This can range from 5 minutes to an hour, depending on how much time you have. I’ve been doing 7 minutes lately and it doesn’t seem like much but just enough to feel the benefits and not get so overwhelmed that I won’t. Be realistic with your time goal and start small; accumulate from there.
3) Start by taking deep breaths and just noticing the rise and fall of your breath and all the sensations around you. Feel like you’re rooted in the ground or your carpet, and notice your heartbeat, any sounds around you, smells, and air temperature, then turn your attention back to your breath.
4) Begin to bring your focus inward and draw your attention to a specific object as you breathe. I am a huge fan of the use of mantras in meditation practice. When I trained yoga teachers, we learned primitive meditation (the method of Deepak Chopra, our instructor also taught at the Chopra Institute) and received our personal motto.
Some sample (and simple) statements:
“Ham-sah” (meaning “I am that”)
“I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you” – Ho’oponopono (Hawaiian) Mantra (Saul David Raye used this during a workshop, and found it very healing and peaceful)
“Om” (there are 4 sounds for this: ah, oh, mmm, and the silence that follows. “Om” is used as a charging sound, and it brings intent into the universe)
You can also create your own, using two words that you want to feel throughout the day, or two that resonate with you. On the inhale, think of one word, and on the exhale, focus on the second. The narrative I used when I first began my meditation journey: peace (inhale) and calm (exhale).
What happens if your thoughts are paralyzed during meditation?
it’s no big deal. Just notice what’s going on, let the extra thoughts go, and bring your attention back to your mantra and your breath.
If you don’t feel comfortable meditating on your own, you can definitely try a guided meditation. There are a lot of amazing resources now! You can use Calm, Headspace, Peloton Meditation, or try a free YouTube app (I like This gratitude meditationWhich includes some of the Soul Questions I mentioned below).
Some other things you can do:
– “Support” meditation with other habits that make you feel good. Before meditating, sit down and ask yourself 7 Soul Quests. It’s a great way to get to know yourself and align with your true self, desires, and purpose.
who am I?
what do I want?
What is my goal?
How can I provide the service?
– Try writing a diary Before or after meditation, or use this time to read something you enjoy.
– You can also continue your meditation with some Kinetic action, sun salutation, or gentle movement.
– Or you can be like me and set the timer for 7 minutes and go on with your day. 😉
I hope you enjoyed this short episode on meditation and I also hope you feel inspired to give it a try! If you decide to give it a go, please report it and let me know how it goes.
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