Find Calm Through MediationJul 30, 2020 09:00AM ● By Andrea Pearson
Worldwide people are adjusting to new norms that feel anything but normal. Many are having a difficult time with change which can lead to feelings of fear and anxiety. Meditation is a scientifically proven practice that can help calm the nervous system and boost the immune system. Meditation helps you focus on the present, which helps you gain perspective and feel safe. When you are in the present moment, you are not stressed out about the past or worrying about the future. Often people will say they can't meditate, or they don't know how. Here are some practical tips to help you get started.
Meditation is a practice, the more you do it, the easier it will become. It requires some patience and no expectations on yourself.
1. Get in a comfortable position. Some people like to sit upright, with hips slightly higher than knees. others prefer to lay on their backs.
2. Take a few deep breaths. Inhale through the nose, and then exhale out through your mouth. Your stomach should inflate like a balloon on the inhale and deflate on the exhale.
3. Observe how your body feels. Relax your muscles. Allow your body to get settled in. Mindfully direct your breath to any areas of tension or tightness.
4. Imagine your thoughts as clouds. Blow them away with each exhale and focus on your breath. Don't judge your thoughts. If you find it helpful, repeat a mantra to stay focused.
5. Inhale for 4 counts, hold at the top for 2, exhale for 4 counts, hold at the bottom for 2. Continue through this cycle.
6. Start with small increments and gradually add up to 20 minutes, twice a day, for optimal results.
7. Start reaping the rewards!
Andrea Pearson has a background in fitness and wellness. In March of 2020, following her passion to help others she opened Tranquility Haven Center in Stuart, with the intent to provide a safe community space for those interested in finding peace and balance in their lives. Visit TranquilityHavenCenter.com for class schedules or call 772-210-5172. Hear more tips to stay balanced in our video interviewwith Andrea Pearson.