I have generally found that many people say they would like to try meditation, but can’t find any time in their busy day. Yes, I know we are all busy these days, but the benefits of meditation on our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being are so great that you’d be crazy not to try it.
Many people think that meditation has a religious or spiritual purpose and so it may not be for them. It can be and is used in many spiritual and religious contexts, but it can also be used in an entirely practical way. The NHS is using the term ‘mindfulness’ to make it more acceptable to a secular audience, and yes, the NHS is convinced of the benefits of mindfulness practice for a whole range of symptoms.
Meditation is one of the aspects of complementary therapy that has been subjected to many medical and scientific trials over the past few years and there is convincing evidence that meditation or mindfulness can help with chronic pain, high blood pressure, anxiety, strengthen the immune system and much more.
Something you can try quickly and easily right NOW is the One Minute Meditation:
- Choose as quiet a place as possible
- Sit downPlace your legs in a relaxed, but fixed positio
- Sit up straight
- Set your alarm/mobile phone/timer for just one minute
- Place your hands in a relaxed, but fixed position
- Close your eyes or lower your gaze
- Allow your mind to focus on your breathing as you gently inhale and exhale
- When the alarm sounds, stop