Many studies have been conducted that demonstrate that those who believe in a higher power, pray and meditate, tend to be healthier and happier. The reasons for this, in part, may find its roots in the recognition of being loved by a Divine power, a sense of purpose, and for the general well-being these practices promote. Both prayer and meditation have been linked to fighting depression, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and keeping an individual in balance mentally and physically - all factors that contribute to positive health.
To pray and to mediate, it's important to find time where you can be free from distraction.
For meditation in particular, it's important to clear at least 20-30 minutes of alone time.
Meditation is something you'll be doing for yourself, but that will impact not only you, but those around you - in a positive way.
Some tips to get you started:
•Wear comfortable clothing
Meditate in your PJs, in your yoga pants, baggy sweats -- something comfortable!
•Create a quiet space that is free from distraction
Turn off the phone, TV and Music. No technology, please.
•Get in a comfortable position
Sit cross-legged, lay down - whatever position makes you the most comfortable. You'll be in it for at least 20-30 minutes, so comfort is key.
•Close your eyes
Take deliberate breaths. Develop an in and out rhythm.
•Accept thoughts in to your mind and then let them leave
The goal in meditation is to clear the mind of all thoughts. Concentrate on your breathing can help you quiet your mind.
The more you meditate, the easier it will be and the more you will realize the benefits of the calm and harmony it creates.
There are many helpful books about meditation and prayer available. I personally enjoy the guided meditation tapes for health, well-being, spiritual wellness.
Some great resources include:
and of course, there is always the Bible - Old and New Testament!
-Maryann Ridini Spencer