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Beginner Meditation Tips

Here’s Some Basics…Valuable For All Levels of Experience

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Getting past the unfamiliar is often key to any skill requiring practice. And meditation is a skill that gets easier over time with practice.

It helps to have a sense of what some of the basics are so that you have some confidence that you are proceeding in a useful and effective manner. Being comfortable, in a quiet place without interruption, and staying alert are all helpful.

If you have to lay down due to physical discomfort or medical problems, sometimes keeping eyes open, but softly focused will help distinguish your practice from sleep.

Beach Meditation

Try these different approaches and you will begin to get a sense of your preferences.

Meditation is an energy healing art that has great health benefits. Meditation is great for relaxing the mind, body, and spirit. In addition to boosting immunity to fight off harmful microorganisms, many studies have shown that meditation, mindfulness, and deep relaxation can reduce stress, improve cognitive focus, and affect emotions in positive ways.

How to meditate for beginners

Many beginners of meditation often experience a lot of noise in their head, making it hard for them to clear and calm their mind. This experience is very common and is not too hard to fix. Meditation is about relaxing the mind, focusing on the breath, and becoming a conscious observer of the breathing cycle as each breath gently flows in and out of the body to achieve a deeply relaxed state.

The meditation tips for beginners below will help you clear your mind, making it easier for you to achieve a deeply relaxed state of mind.

Meditation tips for beginners #1: Scan your body

Your mind is always thinking and being distracted by all sorts of messages, so clearing and relaxing your mind can be a huge challenge. One trick to shed the mental side-talk is to scan your body in unison with your breath.

Start by focusing your attention on your toes and silently telling them to relax. Then, repeat this process until you have scanned every part of your body from your legs and abdomen to your fingers, arms, heart, and head. By the time you get through giving attention to your entire body, you will be surprised to find how relaxed you are.

Meditation tips for beginners #2: Peaceful music

The vibration and sound of peaceful music can help relax your mind, making it easier for you to achieve a meditative state. The trick is to select music that is soothing and dreamy and preferably something without words. If you prefer having words in the peaceful music, words with soft and soothing tones are recommended.

Also, the volume should be low enough that it is not all-consuming but more in the backdrop of things. Furthermore, make sure that the music does not end or change significantly while you are still meditating.

Meditation tips for beginners #3: Imagery

When you see or think of an alarming image, your body is flooded with the stress hormone, cortisol, and becomes alert and on edge. The flip side of this phenomenon is that by focusing on calming and peaceful images, your body can tap into your inner stillness, thereby setting you up for relaxation and meditation. These types of images are very powerful for harmonizing the energy of the mind and body.

Practice makes perfect when it comes to meditation, so the more you do it, the more it will become easier to transition into a meditative state of awareness. Also, try to meditate on a regular basis so that your body becomes use to it. One thing you should always do before meditating is to make sure you are comfortable. If you are not comfortable, you are making it much harder to relax your mind to a state of inner peace.

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Video Explains Dealing with the 5 Natural Emotions

“Negative” Emotions Are Only Negative If Avoided

\5 Natural Emotions

 

We are generally taught that grief,anger,envy, and fear are not only negative, but destructive emotions. The solution, we are taught, (by word or deed)  is to stop feeling…to suppress or repress (stuff even deeper) these feelings.

Get rid of them or they will get rid of you. It’s mortal combat. This video shows us how allowing ourselves to feel, doesn’t mean we have to indulge these feelings and let them control us.

We can gain control of these feelings and our behavior if we see how love connects to these emotions and how we can actually control them more effectively by staying with them…dealing with them.

Anger can be controlled. Take 2 minutes to learn why 200,000 have already viewed this video.

Video produced by Jackalope Media

Coloring for Adults. The New Stress Buster.

Coloring Stimulates Brain Centers Related to Relaxation and Creativity

 

B&W Mandala

Who knew? Coloring intricate patterns (or not so intricate) taps into areas of the brain related to creativity, logic, decision making, and fine motor skills.

And as we engage in this artistic endeavor the crayons and colored pencils of our youth come to our aid to calm the brain centers related to stress as our attention shifts to an activity that calms us and quiets our mind.

The physical activity, the patience, the focus, the satisfaction, the distraction all help put our worries to rest.

Review this interesting, informative excerpt and it may well send you in search of crayons and coloring books (for adults 🙂

Coloring is an activity that we tend to associate with children. As we grow older, we put aside our crayons and colored pencils in favor of more respectable writing utensils like pens and highlighters. However, it turns out coloring can be beneficial for adults — namely for its de-stressing power.

The practice generates wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity. In fact, publishers have lately been launching coloring books specifically for adults. The trend is alive and well in countries in Europe and North America. Most recently, in Spain, the publication Espasa published Coloréitor, with illustrations by well-known cartoonist Forges.

Does Coloring Really De-stress?

One of the first psychologists to apply coloring as a relaxation technique was Carl G. Jüng in the early 20th century. He did this through mandalas: circular designs with concentric shapes similar to the Gothic churches’ rose windows. They have their origin in India.

When coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres, says psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala. “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.”

In simplest terms, coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries. But it also “brings out our imagination and takes us back to our childhood, a period in which we most certainly had a lot less stress.” “I recommend it as a relaxation technique,” says psychologist Antoni Martínez. “We can use it to enter into a more creative, freer state,” he assures. We can also use it to connect with how we feel, since depending on our mood we choose different colors or intensity. “I myself have practiced that. I recommend it in a quiet environment, even with chill music. Let the color and the lines flow.”

Coloring Books for Adults

In countries like France or the UK, coloring books for adults are bestsellers. The French publisher Hachette even has a collection called Art-Thérapie with twenty de-stress volumes including all kinds of drawings from books of butterflies and flowers to cupcakes, graffiti and psychedelic patterns. There’s also the book Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book (M & E Books) that has snuck into top selling lists.

 

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