Do you meditate? If not, why not? The typical answers I get when I ask my clients go something like this:
“I don’t have enough time”
“I don’t know how”
“I’ve tried it, but I can’t stop my mind from racing”
My response is one of empathy, as I was once there, but I share with them that with a patience, practice and love, you will reap the benefits.
Meditation is the art of calming your mind. With the hectic lifestyles many people lead, it can be hard to get any piece and quiet – especially in our minds. Much research has been done on the benefits of meditation, not only for the mind, but the whole body, which is shown in the image below.
(Infographic source: http://liveanddare.com/benefits-of-meditation)
Do you feel more inclined to make meditation part of your day?
I tried to make meditation a consistent practice about 3 years ago. I would sign up for different challenges and complete those challenges, but wouldn't carry on after the challenge was over.
I knew there had to be another way.
A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across a book "You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life". I decided to give it a try. I felt that being able to find 4 minutes a day felt pretty realistic. After just a few weeks of daily meditation, I have a different perspective. I do my meditations nightly, before I go to bed. Sometimes I do it in the morning after my workout just to quiet my mind before the day gets going. I know that this type of meditation is something that I can do everyday and I know that everyone has 4 minutes in their day to do it!
I love this book for a couple of different reasons. First, it breaks down the myths of meditation and puts into perspective just how easy it is to do, whether you are a stay at home mom (the author has 5 kids!), working part-time or full-time. Trust me, YOU have the time. Second, the book has different types of mediation: ones for anxiety, health, self-esteem as well as gratitude and abundance. Each of those categories are broken down further into specific 4 minute meditations.
You don't have to read the whole book to get started. Once you get through the first couple of simple "how to's" you are good to go!
I would highly recommend this book -- it is one I keep on my bedside table and I know it will have a special place for a long time.
Let me know... Do you mediate? How often? If you don't, I hope I have given you a little nudge to make it part of your wellness practice.
Barbara Doan is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, a Certified Master Workplace Wellness Ambassador, a Stressmastery Associate and a Culinary Nutrition Expert. Barbara is passionate about helping companies create happier, healthier work environments and getting families back into the kitchen, one meal at a time!