My new daily practice! I meditate to be more productive.
Posted on October 15 2020
A few weeks ago I was talking in my community group L'Espace Wonder Woman on Facebook : http://bit.ly/2PVNhQI
For several weeks now I've been taking a big 10 minutes every day when I feel that I'm too much in scatter mode (non-productive) to bring me back to order (the essentials).
For sure, the boss is me so I have the advantage of practicing meditation at the time I need it. But during your break, your lunch hour, etc.. you can do it at your desk, no need to make it ultra complicated ... "keep it simple".
A meditation sequence that I love: https: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKlPvSpUOHs
Enjoy the relaxation!
I'm enclosing some research on mediation:
What do you do when you try to center yourself? Or when you have an important decision to make and it stresses you out? What do you do to de-stress?
There are many ways to do this and I'd like to tell you about one of them.
Have you ever tried meditation?
We have already published an article showing you some applications that could help you to integrate this beautiful activity in your daily life: http://bit.ly/32Hy4FE
Meditation is about training the mind to free itself from negative thoughts that prevent us from moving forward in life.
It is trying to hold one's attention and prevent one's mind from focusing on the thoughts that arise. It is a way of refocusing and observing what is going on inside us.
Several studies have been done on the benefits of meditation and all indications are that it is very good for your health:
Increased positive feelings: One study shows that meditation activates the same area of the brain that is associated with positive feelings. As we take the time to focus on ourselves, to relax, anxiety decreases and we let go of thoughts, whether positive or negative. Little by little, positive thoughts come out. The hypothesis is that meditation has long-term effects on well-being and mood.
Reduction of chronic pain symptoms in the elderly: the studies date from 2008, but it is still interesting to note that they hypothesized that meditation accompanied by other treatments helped to reduce chronic pain. Of course, this is not only because of meditation, but it does not have any negative effects!
Improvement of concentration and attention abilities: Meditation would help to stay focused for a long time and effectively. And the more a person meditates, the more his or her ability to concentrate is increased.
Reduction of stress and anxiety: by practicing meditation, we succeed in eliminating negative thoughts that are often the source of great stress, both physical and psychological. The positive thoughts come out, the negative ones get smaller and smaller. Stress diminishes, a feeling of well-being sets in.
Prevention of cardiovascular disorders: studies have been done on a group practicing transcendental meditation (meditation which consists of finding happiness through a state of deep calm, silence and rest of the mind, while helping oneself by reciting a mantra). Patients with cardiovascular disorders experienced an improvement in blood pressure and insulin resistance.
Reduction in the severity of symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder: a study was conducted on patients suffering from OCD (which consists of repeating the same gestures compulsively until they become ill). Those who practiced meditation had fewer symptoms and were able to concentrate more easily.
Improvement of the immune system: a study was conducted on those who practiced meditation following vaccination against influenza (flu). The antibody level was higher in those who meditated than those who did not meditate.
A small session of meditation at home :
You have to concentrate on the air that goes into the body and is expelled... Since breathing is done in an automatic way, which has a regular rhythm, it allows you to concentrate on one thing.
The body scan:
While sitting with your back straight, you close your eyes and visualize every part of your body. No judgments are made. This allows you to become aware of your body and any tension or pain you may be feeling.
Meditation through mental images:
Think of a specific image, something that inspires you and focus on it.
A mantra is a sacred formula, a personal phrase, expression or syllable (for example, the famous "aum"). Mantras can be repeated mentally, articulated quietly or out loud. By choosing the latter, the vibrations of the vocal cords should help the body to relax.
Meditation through the object:
A bit like the mental image, but in a more tangible, realistic way. Fix an object in front of you, the flame of a candle, a picture of a loved one, a drawing...
Tell me... does it inspire you? Studies suggest that meditation is indeed very good for body and mind. Do you have proof of that? Are you one of those who practice this activity?