Not many people realize this, but many people are suffering ADD. With economic pressures, stressful work environments, family problems, and ever-present technology, peace and quiet are becoming increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to come by. At times when you can’t even go to bed without being bogged down by all your problems, meditation is becoming an invaluable tool to find that elusive peace of mind.
Meditation brings us into a state of mindfulness. It’s not about quieting your mind; it’s not even about stopping your mind from thinking too much. The mind doesn’t stop thinking. Rather, meditation is about surpassing and transcending your thoughts, so you are able to find peace despite all the buzz.
There are several reasons why meditation is fast becoming a trend in high-stress environments:
1. By focusing on your breathing, you allow yourself to let go of your thoughts, and watch them as if they’re simply clouds passing by. You emotionally detach yourself from these emotions.
2. Meditation allows you to be present, to be in the now. And because you live for the moment, you can quiet down your mind.
3. Mindfulness is a commitment that allows you to go back to your core whenever you feel yourself getting bogged down by all the stress.
Knowing what meditation can do for your well-being, here are simple steps that you can help quiet your mind.
1. Be in a comfortable position.
As a matter of fact, you don’t have to be in a lotus position. As long as you are sitting comfortably and your body is in a relaxed state, you are good to go.
2. Focus on your breathing.
With your eyes closed, find out where your breathing is focused, be it your abdomen, lungs, diaphragm, or under your nostrils. Try to breathe as gently as you can, and let this be your focal point.
3. Detach yourself from your thoughts.
Every now and then, you will find yourself distracted by your own thoughts. Sometimes, images will pop out of your mind. Whenever this happens, simply return your focus to your breathing. For a full eight minutes, continue exhaling and inhaling deeply, placing an emphasis on where your breathing is most prominent.
As for the time of the day most appropriate for your meditation, there really is no optimal time. It can be right before you sleep, during your lunch break, or after you get home from work. As long as you are consistent and meditate daily, you will be able to free yourself of distractions.