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Meditation is one of the proven alternative therapies that in recent years have been classified under mind-body medicine therapies. It continues to gain popularity as more and more health experts believe that the connection between mind and body is greater than modern medicine can explain. Meditation has been shown to help the immune system and improve brain activity, according to researchers. More and more doctors are prescribing meditation as a way to lower blood pressure, improve exercise performance, for people with angina, help people with asthma breathe easier, relieve insomnia, and generally relax the daily stresses of life. Many hospitals now offer meditation classes for their patients because of the health benefits. All promote physiological health and well-being.

Traditionally, meditation has been used for spiritual growth, but more recently it has become a valuable tool for managing stress and finding a place of peace, relaxation, and tranquility in a demanding and fast-paced world. The resulting benefits of meditation include: physical and emotional healing; relief from stress, fear, and grief; improved breathing; development of intuition; deep relaxation; exploration of higher realities; seeking inner guidance; release of creativity; manifestation of change; emotional clearing and balancing; and deepening of concentration and insight.

Meditation elicits many descriptive terms: stillness, silence, tranquility, peace, stillness and calm. All counteract stress and tension. Lama Surya Das in his book Awakening the Buddha Within says, “Meditation is not just something to do; it is a method of being and seeing – an unconditional way of living moment by moment. In other words, learning to live in this moment because this moment is all we have. Henry Winkler is quoted as saying, “The first responsibility of a human being is to shake hands with himself. Meditation is an opportunity to “shake hands” in a safe and simple way and to balance our emotional, mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

Meditation takes many forms in today’s society. They all have one thing in common. They use concentration techniques to calm the mind and stop thinking. There are various practices such as chanting (Mantra), focusing on the body’s energy centers (Chakra Meditation), breathing, attention (Mahamudra), loving-kindness, formal sitting (Vipassana), expressive practices (Siddha Yoga), and walking to name a few of the styles. Try each style and see what works for you, or you may want to alternate between the techniques from time to time. For the purposes of this article, I will discuss Mahamudra and walking meditation.

Practical Steps to Start Meditating

1. Find a place where there are few outside distractions. A place where you feel emotionally comfortable, safe, and free from pressure and stress is the optimal place.

2. Wear loose clothing and sit or lie down in a comfortable position.

3. Plan to meditate in an area that is warm and comfortable. You may want to have a blanket or light cover as some people experience a cool sensation when they are not moving for a period of time.

4. Candles can be used to focus attention on the task at hand. If you use them, remember to be cautious and extinguish them before leaving the room.

5. Relaxation is a key component of meditation. Take a few moments to achieve a state of relaxation by breathing deeply through your nose, expanding your lungs and diaphragm. Hold your breath for a few seconds and exhale slowly through your mouth. Do this several times until you feel relaxed.

6. Calm and relaxing music can be helpful in inducing a state of calm and relaxation

7. If you are hungry, eat something, since it is not necessary to meditate with a completely empty stomach.

8. Leave your expectations aside and don’t worry about doing it right.

We all have different explanations of what happiness is and what it means to each of us. No matter what challenges, crossroads, and lifestyle changes you come across in your life, at the end of the day, your happiness is what truly matters most. Whether you’re in a relationship, have children, have a busy work life or whatever the circumstances are, it’s important to know how to be happy alone. When you know what makes you truly happy, practice self-care, take care of yourself and get out of your comfort zone, you will be able to see how powerful being happy alone can be.

In this article, you will discover 10 ways you can use to be all alone and feel completely happy while doing it!

Do one thing at a time. Single-task, don’t multitask. When you’re pouring water, just pour water. When you’re eating, just eat. When you’re bathing, just bathe. Don’t try to knock off a few tasks while eating or bathing or whatever else. Even though multitasking [may make] us feel more productive, studies show that we make more errors when juggling tasks and don’t retain information in working memory. Taking on one task at a time has us go more deeply into the task at hand, allowing us to think creatively and utilize problem-solving skills, which in turn enables us to get more meaning from the task. Though there can be a rush that comes with multitasking, ultimately connecting deeply with one activity leads to greater feelings of fulfillment.”

Stop trying to be perfect: You already are. Yes, each one of us is a work in progress, but that work is perfect in its state of evolution. When you are driven by perfection, you are unable to appreciate who you already are. Try instead to look at what is right about you.

Stop Trying to Impress Others: The people who want to be impressed (in the way I am talking about here) are not worth your time. The people who will judge you without knowing you or based on some criteria that are not even important to you are just not your people. The people who matter will think you are amazing. Pay more attention to them.

Stop Trying to Be Someone Else: If you are comparing yourself to someone who has different talents than you do or if you think that you should be doing things a different way than is natural for you, instead start to appreciate how you do things and what your talents are.

Find What You Love: When you let yourself be yourself, you will naturally be drawn to what you love. But, what you love also shows you something about who you are. If you don’t know what you love, experiment. If you like it, try doing it again and see if it grows into something.

Give Yourself Permission to Do What You Love: Once you find the things you love, do them a lot. The more that you do what you love, the happier and the more satisfied you will be with your life. If you know what you love but you are not doing it, get the support you need to give yourself permission to be happy.

Don’t Waste Time Doing Other Things: Why bother doing things that you do not enjoy? Yes, I understand life has some practicalities that need to be addressed, but once they have been attended to-are you still wasting time not doing what you love? If so, start a plan to cut out the things that are not in line with who you want to be or what you love, and then take action.

Slow Down: We can all get a bit ahead of ourselves. It is not about doing more or doing it faster, it is about really enjoying our life. We can’t do that if we are moving so fast that we don’t even know what is happening. Start by building some real breaks into your schedule.

Pay Attention to What Is Working (Most of the Time): Most of us would benefit from being a bit more positive. There is a place for looking at what is not working, but when we pay attention to what works, we often learn more about it and therefore can have more of it. We also feel better about what we are experiencing. If you see yourself getting negative, find one thing that is working.

Express Gratitude: Being grateful is one of the most effective ways to be happier. When in doubt, find something to appreciate. And don’t forget to apply it to yourself!

Learn to Fully Receive: The emphasis on doing that most of us have been enculturated into leaves us less skilled when it comes to receiving. But how can we have a full and rich life if we can’t receive it? The next time someone compliments you, take it in.

Ready for more wisdom? Keeping reading so that you can create the life you desire – and deserve!

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