Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth
I’ve decided I need to start practicing this. Stress levels are increasing with the holidays approaching, freelance workload increasing, and home pressures consistently overwhelming. Working out is helping, but life just can’t afford for me to be at the gym 7 days/week.
I need a mental escape that I can pull out anywhere – in the middle of a chaotic moment with the boys, or a tense reaction from my husband, or yet another confusing meeting about an impossible project. Mindfulness is key, but it requires practice.
Some ways I’ve practiced in the past:
- paying attention to breathing
- listening to music, being immersed
- yoga, kundalini yoga*
- being in nature
Some new ways I’d like to try:
- Qi Gong
- Tai Chi
- Guided visualization, possibly through an app or on YouTube
- Other app-guided meditations, including Headspace which I’ve just downloaded
Either that or smoking more pot (or maybe both?). Kidding! Although a little toke is exactly my plan for tonight. Happy Friday!
*this worked wonders! Even 12 minutes/day.