Meditation 101

shutterstock_11668864Meditation is the practice of quieting the mind. If you’re like me, you spend most of your days with a steady stream of inner dialogue, everything from to-do lists to ideas and dreams. Meditation is a lovely respite from our busy minds and provides us calm time to reset. People who meditate are known to be calmer, less anxious, and they’re more apt to see things from a more positive perspective. Follow me through one of my favorite meditations. First, find a comfortable position, usually seated, but lying down (especially if you are in pain) will work just fine. Take a nice deep inhale, filling the lungs with fresh oxygen. Release it by exhaling all of the air out of your lungs, cleansing them of any stale air. Then, as you naturally inhale, think the word “let”, and as you exhale, think the word “go”. Slowly breathe in and out following this “let go” mantra for as long as you are able. As other thoughts try to interrupt, just put the mental “do not disturb” sign on and do a few more rounds… There…you did it, not as hippy-dippy as you thought, right? I encourage you to repeat this mantra and also experiment with others over time. You’ll be amazed at what just a few minutes a day can do for renewing peace for mind, body and spirit.