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You’ve all heard just how fantastic meditation is and the many benefits it brings, but you may have some difficulty getting the hang of it. If you’re making shopping lists, thinking about work or fending off the dogs, cats and kids, you may be thinking it’s just too hard. But adding meditation to your daily routine will make you a happier, healthier, calmer and far more intelligent person. Here’s how to go about making meditation a life-changing habit.
Just Two Minutes a Day
You can spare two minutes right? Let’s do this first thing in the morning before the rush of the day and all the distractions that come with it. Take just two minutes to sit quietly and meditate. Start by focusing on how you feel and how your body feels. Then a few big breaths and you’re done! Leave yourself a note or set a daily reminder on your phone so you start every day off right.
Meditation Anywhere, Anytime
Don’t worry about sitting cross-legged in a Zen garden or which pillow you should use or what to do with your hands. Meditation can happen anywhere, as long as you are comfortable. It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting, standing or lying down.
Every time you reach for your phone because you have a couple of minutes to kill, think about whether a meditation wouldn’t be better. If you are on the train or waiting in the doctor’s office, or waiting for an appointment, take the time to clear your head instead of frittering it away on Facebook.
Open your Eyes
Meditations don’t have to involve sitting still with your eyes closed. You can meditate while taking a walk, when you’re washing the dishes; any activity can be meditative if you are able to clear your mind and focus only on the task.
You see, when you are meditating, you focus on your breathing to help clear your mind of distractions. But you could focus on walking, the dishes, running, yoga, sewing or any other activity with which you are very familiar.
A Family Affair
Getting your whole family to meditate is a challenge, but it really will make for a calmer household. One of the executive functions children must learn is to regulate their emotions and behavior. Meditation helps them to better control emotions, it helps them to focus at school and it helps to develop healthier brains.
A study published in the journal NeuroImage in 2009, Eileen Luders and a team of researchers compared the brains of 22 meditators and 22 age-matched non-meditators using MRI scans. What they found was that those who meditated had brains that were more developed in regions important for attention, the regulation of emotions and cognitive flexibility.
Matcha and Meditation
Studies show that drinking a cup of matcha tea will help your meditation immensely. Zen buddhists have included matcha in their meditations for over 900 years because, thanks to the ECGC and L-Thianine content, it is able to relax the body while helping the mind to focus. Matcha tea is the perfect anti-oxidant boost to help you to focus on your meditation practice.
Guided meditations of ten to fifteen minutes are really wonderful ways to practice. They help you to relax, bring you back to your breathing when you stray and help to keep you focused. We wanted to help you to make meditation a habit, so we are offering two free meditations for you to try. Just follow the link below to download them.