Bring some peace to your life this new year with meditation. Meditation is the practice of learning to observe your own thoughts and feelings. It can create different reactions in different people — it relaxes some, while others might find it boring. Meditation, like many things, is not something you can magically learn overnight. It must be taught, takes time to learn, and must be practiced to be effective. It all starts with the breath.
How to meditate:
Step 1: Find a comfortable position and close your eyes. Sitting or lying down are good positions to try out. Try a comfy cushion to rest on while you discover more about your thoughts and feelings.
Step 2: Focus on your breath. This one is important and often misunderstood. It’s important to pay attention to your breath, but do not force it. Breathe naturally and notice how your body reacts to breathing — how far your ribs expand and how your stomach and chest physically move when you breathe in and breathe out.
Step 3: Practice. Over time, the increased awareness of your breath will expand to your thoughts, your feelings and the cause of both. You might discover a deeper understanding of who you are and then find the ability to recognize behaviors and make choices regarding those behaviors or thoughts.
Some of the touted benefits of meditation include: