The Space Between…Your Thoughts.

Feeling anxious? Meditation can help with that.

Feel down or depressed? You guessed it. Meditation.

Want to feel more balanced and centered? Meditate.

Want to loose weight? Meditate.

Want to get off that pesky medication for high blood pressure? MED-I-TATE.

Just want to do something good for yourself? Do I really have to say it again.

But, apparently I do. Last week alone, I sent out four emails on meditation filled with links to free podcasts and articles on the benefits of meditation for anger and grief. I also had about 12 bazillion conversations about it. (True story.)

I am beginning to feel like a broken record because I am constantly touting the benefits of meditation. Why? Because it works. It’s so effective, that you can start to feel an effect within 10 minutes. That’s 4 songs on the radio. Or the amount of time you just spent checking your email. For the fiftieth time today.

What IS Meditation?

Meditation is the space between your thoughts. It’s that time when you aren’t thinking about anything, and are present with everything. Most of us get there right before we go to sleep. Which is why meditation can cause us to actually fall asleep.

Why should I meditate?

Glad you asked. Meditation helps to quiet that internal chatter (and racing thoughts), as well as reducing stress. Which, hello. I know we can all use that.

Meditation also helps to lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, relieve pain, improve circulation, detoxify the body, and brings about a higher level of self-acceptance and insight about oneself.

What other stress management technique can you say does all of those things at once?!

How Do You Meditate?

The physical act of meditation generally consists of sitting quietly or laying down and focusing on one’s breath, a word or phrase. There are many traditions and countless ways to practice meditation, making it important to find the right style for you.

Not sure if you’re doing it correctly? There really isn’t a right or wrong way to do it.

Think of it this way: if you are feeling better at the end of it, you are doing it right.

Getting Started

There are an amazing amount of resources available to get you started (or propel you forward) with your meditation journey. One of my personal favorites is Meditation Oasis. Not only do they have free podcasts, they also have some insightful articles on meditation, and an online meditation course.

Another great resource for those new to meditation is a book called Hurry Up and Meditate by David Michie.

Prefer group meditation? There are amazing groups that meet in every single city. Try a Google search for meditation groups in your area. Look on MeetUp.com to see if there are any groups that already exist. Put out a call on Facebook or Twitter. You just might be surprised at what you find.

I’d love to hear from you!

Has meditation changed your life? Do you have a favorite resource (like a CD, podcast, book) that you use on a regular basis? What is holding you back from trying meditation?

Leave a comment below, and let’s get the meditation party started!

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Emily Levenson is a meditation encourager, mama, and Pittsburgh enthusiast. She recently launched a podcast called Nourish + Flourish and is a co-pilot at Propelle.

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