“Most people assume that meditation is about stopping thoughts, getting rid of emotions, somehow controlling the mind. But actually, it’s about stepping back, seeing the thought clearly, witnessing it coming and going.” – Andy Puddicombe
It is true: Meditation is not the practice of clearing your mind of all thoughts. Who can do that anyway?! The first time I sat down to meditate my mind jumped from one thought (what am I going to make for dinner tonight?) to another (is the 2 minutes almost up?) to another (F*!? I suck at this!). A wandering mind is normal and meditation is called a practice because you can always get better at it and it will never be perfect.
With that being said, studies show that it is 100% worth a try. In an article published by the Psychosomatic Medicine journal, the author's finding suggest that "a short program in mindfulness meditation produces demonstrable positive effects on brain and immune function" (Davidson, R.J, 2003). That's not all meditation does folks, the benefits for your mind and body are endless. See more here.
Want to give it a try?
- Find a quiet place that is away from distractions and noise.
- Sit with your back, neck, and head in a straight line.
- Focus on your breath or try focusing on just one thought or word.
A few techniques that work best for me personally (read Type A personality): sit with your back up against a wall or chair for support, set the timer for 2 minutes a day to start - then gradually work your way up to 5 and then 10 minutes (a timer will keep you from constantly checking the clock), and either count your inhales and exhales (1…2…3…4…) slowing down your breath, or think the word “inhale” as you inhale and “exhale” as you exhale.
Need a bit more of a nudge to get started? There are apps you can download to guide you through it. My personal favorite is Buddhify, and another great one is Headspace. There are also corporate wellness companies, like Goomi, who offer guided meditation at your office.
It is medically proven that meditation can benefit both your mind and body. So grab a mat, pillow, patch of grass, beach towel, ANYTHING, sit down and get started!
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MIKA LEAH - OWNER OF GOOMI GROUP
My life changed on my 33rd birthday when I found myself breathless with chest pains on an easy hike in Temescal Canyon. The cardiologist’s tests revealed that something was VERY wrong, and told me I needed surgery right away. And not “right away” as in “take these pills for a couple weeks and check back with us,” but rather “you aren’t leaving this hospital until we’ve opened you up and fixed this.” Even though I already led an active lifestyle and maintained a healthy diet, my heart had a major blockage to the main artery. The doctors told me that birthday hike had saved my life.
Three procedures, five stents, and five years later, I’m still here and I understand that life needs to be lived with love and joy throughout, not just “when you can fit it in.” You can enjoy what you do every day, and you can make a difference in the world. This is why I founded Goomi - to give people the opportunity to live a healthy, balanced life. From experience in the fast-paced world of advertising and sales, I have gained insight into the need for employees to balance work and life, which benefits companies and employees alike. By bringing yoga and meditation to you at your office, we make it a part of your day instead of something you do “when the day is over.”