According to Psychology Today, “Meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word or phrase known as a mantra. In other words, meditation means turning your attention away from distracting thoughts and focusing on the present moment. Meditating is deceptively simple.”
And when it comes to developing a wellness state-of-mind, meditation gives us the clarity required to consistently make the right self-care choices. I’ve been doing TM (transcendental meditation) for over 40 years and can’t imagine my life without it).
From an article published on healthline.com, and written by Matthew Thorpe MD, PhD, here are 12 invaluable science-based benefits of meditating.
- Reduces Stress
- Controls Anxiety
- Promotes Emotional Health
- Enhances Self-Awareness
- Lengthens Attention Span
- May Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss
- Can Generate Kindness
- May Help Fight Addictions
- Improves Sleep
- Helps Control Pain
- Can Decrease Blood Pressure
- You Can Meditate Anywhere
Click here for the full article by Dr. Thorpe on healthline.com
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You can’t fake passion. You either have it for something or someone, or you don’t. That’s just the way it is.
But what you can do is create it. You create passion for something by learning about it, by getting to know it. By thinking and fantasizing about it.
How does this apply to developing a passion for achieving wellness? I’m famous for always telling people, “The more you know, the better you do.” There are an infinite number of ways you can get involved in wellness and learn about it. Just make the commitment to yourself. Write it down! Make realistic goals and give them deadlines!
Be prepared for mistakes, backsliding, relapsing into unhealthy ways. But don’t worry. As you strengthen your wellness state-of-mind, you’ll see that every single one of your mistakes only serves to teach you. Be grateful for the lesson. Focus on wellness and keep marching toward it, regardless of what may look like insurmountable obstacles. Go for it.
“Our body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” — Buddha
Deep breathing calms your mind and nervous system. Deep breathing uses the diaphragm and abdomen more than “regular” breathing and can encourage a more relaxed and confident mood. Deep breathing helps keep you in the moment and enhances mental clarity. If you practice yoga, deep breathing will help you take each pose longer, deeper and more healthfully.
When I wake up, I drink a tall glass of hot lemon water from the juice of 1/2 lemon. Why would I do that? Continue reading “Lemon Wake Up”
We become our choices … so choose wisely.
Each and every choice counts, even the seemingly inconsequential ones!