Do you wish you had more energy?
The problem is, we tend to rely on things which provide only a temporary boost. Whereas meditation, is a healthy way to calm and focus the mind, and thus a highly effective solution for increased energy. Throughout your day there are so many energy drains, which take energy from us, but we don’t realize how many of these drains are due to things we GIVE energy to, due to our unnecessary reactions. It’s important to remember the feelings we have are natural, we can’t control them, but the way we think and react to our feelings and environment is a CHOICE. The mindfulness naturally achieved through meditation brings awareness to the present moment, quiets today’s happenings and tomorrow’s worries. Luckily, meditation helps us to retrain our brain to be less reactive and more balanced and use less energy.
Meditation is perhaps the only way to become highly aware of your thought content and thought frequency, while caging the thoughts or reaction, which prevents so many of us from falling asleep, staying asleep, or rebounding from stress. The untrained, non-meditative brain/body will lose charge much faster, mishandling stress and the day to day wear and tear that we all face. In turn, your energy levels plummet.
So if you are able to add this meditation practice into your daily routine, you can live with less anxiety, less worry, less stress, and the mental environment for recharging your proverbial batteries (energy level). Use the technique below passed down from my mentors and then customize this practice to suite your needs.
The goal here is to clear your mind of all thoughts—to turn off the mental merry-go-round that’s feeding your brain and body with tension and creating a negative mental state.
Step 1: Set aside 10 to 20 minutes. Good choices might be in the morning before breakfast or just before your evening meal.
Step 2: Find a cozy spot—a quiet, serene place where you can be alone with your thoughts without interruption. Make sure to turn off any electronic communication devices. Silence is the overriding principle.
Step 3: Sit up straight on the floor, in a comfortable, relaxed position with your legs crossed. Alternatively, you may sit in a chair with your feet flat if sitting on the floor is difficult or uncomfortable for you. Place your hands together in your lap, with your right hand resting in your left, palms up. Begin taking slow breaths using the abdominal breathing technique.
Step 4: Close your eyes and let any tension release. Imagine that stress is seeping out of every pore in your skin. Starting with your feet, relax your muscles all the way to the top of your head.
Step 5: Now let’s turn off the internal dialog in your brain and stop the thought process. Slowly repeat a word or phrase that you find calming, such as love, quiet, peace, or a spiritual word that creates a serene state. Don’t let other thoughts such as memories or events enter your brain. Just keep repeating that one word or phrase (your mantra) silently. This will help keep distracting thoughts at bay. If thoughts come to you—which will happen until you perfect the technique and it becomes a healthy habit—just repeat the word relax, take a deep breath, and let the thought go as you exhale. Then return to your mantra.
Step 6: Once you’ve continued your internal chant for the length of time you’ve selected (long enough to reach a state of relaxation and calm), sit quietly for a minute or two. As you come back to your normal state, merge with the calmness of the meditative state and take one last deep inhalation. Hold your breath for about fifteen seconds, exhale, and relax. You’ve just created a new state of composure and control.
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