Taking the time to sit quietly, with no distraction and with your eyes closed, I’ve found is one of the best things one can do for themselves. I’m not talking about when you’re lying down to rest or before you fall asleep at night. You’re too likely to doze off and lose the benefit. I mean sitting in a comfortable chair with your arms by your side or in your lap, with your chin tucked slightly in so your head is not straight up but comfortably relaxed and just slightly forward. In this position you just do nothing, relax and let your mind go wherever it wants to wonder. You can listen to your breathing and distract yourself from your thoughts if you like. Just concentrate on your breath going calmly in and out through your nose. It’s amazing how restful this can be. Twenty minutes twice a day is ideal I’m told. It creates a calmness inside that Caregivers in particular need to relieve stress. It allows your brain to process pent up energy and release it. It’s something you do for yourself that benefits those around you, as well.
This is how I first started meditating. I had no formal training, yet I found myself able to reach a place of relaxation that I later recognized as the bliss meditators talk about. I didn’t reach the bliss very often back then, but even being close was enough to give me the relaxation I needed to reenergize myself. It helped to distance me from my daily routine for a short time. There would be noises outside and sometimes a fire engine blaring away, but that didn’t interfere with my mental state. I was able to ignore it and appreciate the quiet in my mind.
Later I took training at the Transcendental Meditation Center in Los Angeles. Since then I’ve really come to appreciate and understand much more about the value of meditation. There are many ways to meditate. I meet people who’ve trained in different ways who were seeking various results. The idea is the same. It’s a way to relieve stress and improve our lives.
I highly recommend that you take a few minutes for yourself each day and just sit quietly, breath easily, and relax your mind.
Until soon, I wish you love and relaxation.
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