The Science Of Spirit - Meditate Through A Busy Day
There are many cultures around the world that regard meditation as one of the most effective methods for combating mental agitation. Meditation has been pursued by Eastern societies since the dawn of time and at present, even Western science has begun to champion the health advantages that this practice has to offer.
Meditation can be loosely defined as a focus-oriented health practice, which leads you down a path of mental clarity and tranquility. Meditation is not simply a procedure that lasts for a finite period of time, rather it is a state of inner serenity. We believe that to be healthier of the mind and nervous system, one should try to be “meditative” throughout your daily activities, where one directly confronts the forces of stress and anxiety in their life.
1. Be “Meditative”
Do you find yourself too busy to engage in meditation sessions? Here we will discuss a number of simple tips to help you integrate “meditative” moments into your hectic schedule.
2. Be your own Motivator
Stay motivated and stick to your meditation practice or routine. Your monotonous and stressful routine might wear you down but you must learn to engage your mind in peaceful thoughts, and that’s the way of meditation.
Find a spot where you may practice deep breathing in relative solitude. Take a deep breath in through your nose and then exhale through your mouth. Try to focus and maintain the rhythm of your deep breaths, as well as the sensations you can feel within your body. Try to physically feel the air interact with your body, through your mouth, into the lungs. Try to feel the molecules that composite the air dissipating through the lungs and navigating your body. Feel your nervous system… the spirit that connects the mind and body,
When your office routine wreaks havoc on your mind, leave all the work and take a walk outside, perhaps in a lawn or garden. Switch off your cellphone and feed on the positive energy which lingers in your surroundings. Use your eyes. They are intricately connected to, and could even be considered part of, the brain. Look at everything that is around you, one by one, or test how far and wide into the horizon you can see. Take a seat if you like. Count people or cars traveling. Using your eyes in such a way is proven to release chemicals in our body that combat stress and anxiety. This is actually a natural process that happens during the second phase of our sleep, every single night, called Rapid Eye Movement. All the while, feel the reciprocal force of the ground pushing back onto your feet as you walk. Feel the breeze or the still air; the warmth or the cold. This, again, will activate your nervous system, improving your momentary neurological and psychological state.
4. Yoga And Movement
If you don’t have the time or space for a walk, try doing a few movements to loosen your joints, engage your muscles a bit. There are plenty of places to find solid yoga/movement advice and tutorials online. If you want to learn about movements you can do easily throughout the day, that will improve your neurological state and physiology, check our Movement For Modern Life. We believe their team is truly revolutionizing online yoga, movement, and meditation. They have built a perfect platform for learning to be meditative (from top teachers in the UK) starting with the way you move. The MFML platform is suited to the bedroom, the workplace, and even being on the move, with videos ranging from 2 mins to 90 mins. You can get a 2 week free trial with them, which is also really great. If you’re interested, click here.
5. Meditate Before Sleeping
If you can’t do it all during the day, perform meditation for a short while just before bedtime. Everyone has time for that, even if it’s only 5 minutes as a way to fall asleep. It will help you dissolve all the stress and neurological clutter that limits and damages the powerful harmony existing between your mind and body. Breath in deeply through your nose, raise your belly with your breath to allow more room for the diaphragm. You may hold your breath for a handful of seconds, or not, then exhale slowly and fully, allowing for all the carbon dioxide to be released. When you get to the end of the exhale, you may feel you are done, but pause for a few seconds to fully release the carbon dioxide. Then repeat. Again, try physically feeling your air entering your body. Try to feel your PJs or bed covers on your skin. All this will be of aid to your nervous system, and improve your mental health, as well as physiology in some ways! This is where science and spirituality meet, with regards to meditation.
5. Meditate After Waking Up
Many of us wake up flustered, anxious, or depressed. A quick meditation as soon as you wake up can clear your mind to get the day started. Like a preventative medicine, meditating after waking up can set your neurological systems up to combat a stressful day, right from the get-go. Give it a go!