Category Archives: Mindfulness

 

 

Screen-Shot-2013-08-16-at-3_06_45-PM-275x300Meditation isn’t a state of being devoid of all thoughts.  It also isn’t some type of escapism, of “getting away from it all.”   Rather, it’s about tuning IN, being present and aware–and being mindful of yourself.

You choose what you want to concentrate on.  You can’t escape having worries, but you can choose not to focus on them, or on any negative thoughts, while focusing on things like who you are, what goals you have, what’s important to you and other things.

Should you do it lying down?  Actually, no, because you just might fall asleep.  Sit  comfortably in a chair.

Do you need a lot of time?  It’s like anything else–make it a priority and schedule it into your day.  We know someone who actually puts “eat lunch” on her daily calendar, because she tends to get so wrapped up in her projects she’ll forget,  Then her blood sugar drops, she becomes shaky and tired and can’t finish the day.  So she needs that reminder.

We once knew an executive who meditated every day at 5:30 PM no matter what–if he was out of the office, he’d just find a quiet place so he could stick to that schedule.

“In many ways, meditation will leave you feeling so refreshed you might find that you actually have more time.  Deepak Chopra once told The Huffington Post:  “In life’s paradoxical way, when we spend time meditating on a regular basis, we actually have more time. When we meditate, we dip in and out of the timeless, spaceless realm of consciousness… the state of pure awareness that is the source of everything that manifests in the universe. Our breathing and heart rate slow down, our blood pressure lowers, and our body decreases the production of stress hormones and other chemicals that speed up the aging process and give us the subjective feeling that we are “running out of time.”

To learn more, watch this video from Deepak Chopra: