Feel Good, Look Younger, Calm the Nervous System and Be More Productive. And it’s Free!
Anne Noonan discusses the power of the one practice that all too many simply don’t or won’t find time to do. It’s free, it’s available to all of us at any time of the day and it feels amazing. Once you master it.
When Oprah once said ‘Meditation changed my life’, I thought it was about time I found out why. Meditation has been proven to calm the nervous system. Our sympathetic nervous system, otherwise known as our fight or flight is often kept busy for too long during the day. Many busy stressed business owners live in a sympathetic nervous system state. Our parasympathetic nervous system responds well to deep breathing, being still and allowing the whole body to relax into a state of calm.
One of the only proven non medical ways to treat nervous system related stress, is through deep diaphragmatic breathing and sitting in a state of calm relaxation.
My earlier article on Anxiety and how the related stress conditions affect us, mentions Meditation as one of Restorative Practices that everyone should consider.
This article specifically answers three of the most common Meditation questions.
Q1. I can’t sit still. How on earth do I learn to meditate? It’s been said throughout history ‘if you can’t relax you need it all the more’. If you can’t sit still, then move. Walking meditations and gardening meditations work too.
Q2. I’m too busy throughout my day. When do I fit it in? Treat meditation just like an appointment that only need last 15 minutes. Schedule it and stick to it.
Q3. The moment I try, my mind starts going. Do I try and be still and quiet or can I listen to something? There’s a myriad of meditation tapes and soundtracks available. If you find them distracting, but silence even more distracting, then simply concentrate on your breath. Breath in through the nose, send it down to the belly. Feel the diaphragm stretch, the belly rise and the ribcage expand. Exhale it out through the nose and follow it with your mind. When thoughts distract, acknowledge them and keep following the breath. That’s it!