Meditation is so powerful. It is free and can be done anytime, anywhere. When I worked in London, I would meditate on the tube. I plugged in my meditation music and I was able to arrive at my place of work, calm and ready for the day.
HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE BENEFITS
Relief from stress and anxiety (meditation mitigates the effects of the “fight-or-flight” response, decreasing the production of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline)
More efficient oxygen use by the body
Decreased blood pressure and hypertension
Lower cholesterol levels
Increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA
A study conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital found that with as little as eight weeks of meditation helped people feel calmer but also produced changes in various areas of the brain, including growth in the areas associated with memory, empathy, sense of self, and stress regulation.
HOW TO MEDITATE
Find a place you can be undisturbed for at least 10 minutes.
Get comfortable and sit in a comfortable chair. Unfold your legs and arms and sit straight up.
Place your right hand in the cup of your hand on the right hand and rest on your lap with your palms facing upwards.
Gently close your eyes. You may notice noises. Remember, any noise you hear in your room or space during your mediation will only enhance your mediation. So, all is well.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Concentrate on your breath and only that. If thoughts come in allow them to drift in and out.
Go with the flow of your breath. Some people find that repeating a word like Love, or I AM. Helps them keep their mind from wandering. After 10 minutes. Gently open your eyes. You will feel very calm and refreshed.
Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God.
If a person’s basic state of mind is serene and calm, then it is possible for this inner peace to overwhelm a painful physical experience.
The Dalai Lama
One hour’s meditation on the work of the Creator is better than seventy years of prayer.
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.
Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.
Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.