Meditation & Yoga

Meditation & Yoga

Meditation and taking time out of your day to relax

Adults who are under constant stress are considered a health risk. It is simply not healthy for the mind or the body to be under stress every day. People in the western world experience this stress the most. Why do you think that is? Do westerners work harder than easterners? Some people would say they do. In fact Americans are considered the most overworked people in the world, which may be surprising when considering the labor camps in China and North Korea. The truth is that everyone from all walks of life experience stress. The trick is to know how to mentally deal with the stress, so that it doesn’t hurt you.
Meditation is a very old remedy for dealing with pain and stress. It has been used for thousands of years and comes from ancient Indian religions, like Hinduism and Buddhism. You can define meditation in a lot of different ways. Basically, it is the practice of training your mind through developing mental clarity, concentration and emotional positivity. Those who can meditate will be able to rid their mind of all worries and stresses that are deteriorating their health. Some forms of meditation will have you clearing your mind of all thoughts completely and other forms of meditation will have you focusing on just one positive thought. Both methods of meditation are fine. It all depends on what works best for you.
Meditation is not something you will be able to just learn overnight. In fact, there are Buddhist monks who have meditated for 40 years and still haven’t mastered it completely. The idea is to keep practicing at least every other day. You will find the more you do it, the more you will get in touch with your spirituality and will be able to control your angry emotions more. Once you control your anger, you will be able to control the thoughts that cause you stress and anxiety.
There is no set time limit on how long you should meditate during the day. For example, people who are stressed out at work might mediate on their 15 minute break or after they each their lunch. This could be a 5 minute, 30 minute or a one hour meditation session. No matter how long you meditate, it will only increase your chances of relaxing more. So try to use any free time you have towards practicing your meditation. Many gyms now offer classes where groups meditate together. You might want to think about joining one of these classes if you have trouble getting started on your own.

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