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Meditation: A Powerful Wellness Tool

Recently I have added meditation to my health and wellness path, and I wonder now why I wasn’t practicing all along!? It is amazing that how, in just a few short months, much I am seeing the benefits from meditating. Being someone who struggled with a racing mind my entire life, I did not think that I would be able to concentrate enough to meditate, and i will admit, at first it was really hard. But with patience and practice, it has become much easier to calm and quiet my ever racing mind. If this sounds like you, be patient, when it “clicks” you will be so grateful that you did not give up on meditation. So why meditate, what are some of the benefits?
Physical Benefits:

Decreases Blood Pressure, tension-related pain such as headaches and miuscle and joint pain such as fibromyalgia
Increases seratonin levels (happiness), behavior, the immune system, energy levels, and productivity
Aids in sleep
Mental Benefits:
Decreases anxiety and depression
Increases creativity, intuition, clarity and peace of mind, and focus
How to meditate?

There is no real wrong way to do it; just like anything esle on your wellness path, whatever works best for you is BEST FOR YOU! That being said, if you are new to meditating here are a few tips that can help you increase your practice
Start small…just a couple minutes a day taking time for quiet and centering, and gradually increase the time as you get more focused and comfortable with the practice
Start with guided meditations…for those of you, like me, who’s brain wants to wonder, guided meditations are a great way to help you stay focused and get you through the session. Youtube is a great source of guided meditations.
Focus on a candle flame…for those that have a hard time closing their eyes and concentrating, staring at a candle flame
Create a mantra and repeat it over and over…you can do this throughout the day or during a dedicated meditation session. The mantra’s purpose is to bring your focus on only that saying and tune out the distractions of the outside world. It serves as a centering piece
Make it part of everyday…even if it’s only 2 minutes. The idea is to build the habit, and the best way to do this is via repetition. As you progress and get better with meditating, you will find that you look forward to the quiet reflection of meditation.

Meditation is a valuable tool that should be incorporated into any health and wellness routine. The mind, body, and spiritual healing that takes place during meditation benefits all other aspects of life, including overall health. So don’t hesitate, start to meditate!

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