If you’ve never tried meditation before, you may be confused about what it is. You may think of hippies sitting in a circle trying to get closer to God or nature. However, meditation has nothing to do with religion or hippie-ness. It’s just a way to reduce the stress of everyday life while promoting relaxation naturally and without the use of mind-altering substances. And if you’re feeling more stressed out than normal, it might just save your life. Now that you know what it is, here’s what it’s not.
- Meditation is tricky. It’s not hard to meditate, and you don’t need to travel to India to train with a master to learn how to do it effectively. Of course, it’s always best to learn from a master, but reading a book or two and watching a video can teach you how to meditate too. Most techniques focus on breathing or silently repeating a mantra, which almost anyone can figure out on their own.
- You need to quiet your mind completely in order to meditate successfully. I missed a lot of opportunities for relaxation because I’m unable to completely clear my mind and the frustration of trying left me tenser than when I began. We can’t completely shut down our thoughts, but we can decide how much attention we’re going to give the ones that flit through our minds. Over time, I found that I’m actually able to meditate even with internal chatter.
- It takes years to get benefits from meditation. Meditation works immediately. Many people find that they’re more relaxed immediately after meditating. Others find that they’re better able to concentrate and can sleep better after just a few days. While there are many long-term benefits to meditation, the effects begin almost immediately and have a cumulative effect on your overall health and general outlook on life.
- I don’t have time to meditate. If I was able to meditate while nursing a colicky baby, then you can carve 15 minutes out of your schedule to meditate. The key to making any healthy habit stick is to make it a priority. If you want to meditate, work out or get more rest then you’ll find a way to make that happen. If you live a life where it’s impossible to carve out a few minutes for wellness, then you’re the person who needs to meditate the most.
If you’d like to learn more about meditation or wellness, contact your chiropractic care team. They’ll work with you on developing healthy habits that will improve your entire life. Whether it’s keeping your spine flexible and strong or dispensing advice on proper nutrition and wellness choices, your chiropractor can help. Schedule an appointment today to get on the road to complete holistic wellness through chiropractic care.
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