In the struggle for time, here are some exercises that will help you to alter your perception of time through meditation. These simple tricks are designed to help you gain a sense of peace during your day and to help alleviate stress from your daily grind.
Wake up early and set time aside in your morning routine for meditation. Sit somewhere peaceful where you will not be disturbed, sit down, and take deep breaths. Focus on the rise and fall of your chest as your body continues its natural breathing pattern. Scientists say that meditating for just 10 minutes a day consistently is enough to show results of stress relief and improved concentration throughout the day. For more information on what exactly meditation is, click here.
A Breath Break with meditation
This is a useful exercise to perform throughout your day. It’s as simple as taking a moment to sit somewhere peaceful and take deep breathes. Find somewhere nice, ideally outdoors, but inside if you like, and bring all of your attention to your body as it draws in and exhales deep breathes. Meditation is about focusing on the present moment and gently pushing aside all distracting thoughts. The more you practice, the more your body will come to relax during this simple exercise.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
This exercise focuses on emptying both the masculine and feminine sides of the body. Sit down, relax, and come into awareness of breathing. Allow yourself to settle and centre in the middle of your body. Inhale deeply through both your nostrils, completely filling your chest. Gently raise your left hand and close your left nostril with your left forefinger. Breathe strongly out through your right nostril, completely releasing your deep breath and emptying the right side of your body – the masculine or solar Nadi. Repeat this process but this time raise your right hand, and with your right forefinger close your right nostril. Exhale strongly through your left nostril with a sigh of relief and empty your left side – the feminine or lunar Nadi. Repeat this cycle several times for the full effect.
Reaching For Your Higher Self
While not necessarily a meditation technique, evaluating your schedule is still a beneficial skill. The constant fast pace of life today can easily overwhelm you and take control of your life. It’s important to take a moment to go through your to-do list and ask yourself, is all of this really necessary? In a society that often measures success by how much you’ve accomplished in a day, it is important that you take care of yourself. Reorganize your to-do list, and take that first step.
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