meditation-fbMeditation: Why does it get such a bad rep?

Inevitably the topic of meditation comes up when we talk about stress reduction and many times I hear people ask, “Do I need to take lessons? It looks hard to do.”

In fact, meditation is the simplest way to relax and you really don’t need to think of it as difficult or time consuming.

Just sit in a chair in a quiet place with your feet on the floor and your fingertips touching in your lap. Close your eyes and focus on breathing in and out.

That is all.

If a thought comes to mind, don’t criticize yourself for thinking it. Just let it drift by and go back to focusing on your breathing in and out. Pick a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.

(Don’t let the cat sit in your lap because they love this energy and they will want to. But this isn’t for them. This is for you.)

See if you can focus on your breath for 30 seconds. That’s all.

The next day, try for 60 seconds, and if that feels too long, stay at 30 seconds each day until you feel as if you want to stay in that position for a little longer. As you allow yourself to have this gift, you will begin to notice that you feel relaxed when you do it.

No tricks. Just make it a habit each day.

And after you spend that time in silence, write down a list of 3 great skills or things about yourself of which you are proud.

Watch what happens. It is a great way to start the day.