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Learning to meditate

 Learning to meditate takes time, patience and commitment. It is great for stress relief. It does not matter whether you are religious or not. It makes no difference what spiritual beliefs you hold. Meditation is great for the mind, body and spirit.

When you start to meditate regularly you may experience seeing different colours. Some people see visions, but what is more important about meditation is it helps you to quieten the mind. This is probably the biggest challenge for people who are exceptionally busy and are used to being berated with constant mind chatter. So, without further ado, here are 12 steps to getting you started:

  1. Wear comfortable clothing and ensure you will not be disturbed. Take the phone off the hook.
  2. You can sit up straight, in a comfortable chair, or if you prefer, lie down on a comfortable bed or blanket.
  3. Close your eye. Relax your body and simply become aware of your breathing.
  4. If your breathing seems a little spasmodic or laboured, simply regulate your breathing pattern by breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth.
  5. As you continue to breath in this way, feel your body start to relax
  6. Any areas of your body where you sense tension, simply continue to breathe deeply until you feel the tense part of your body start to relax
  7. Any thoughts that enter your mind, simply allow them to float away like clouds in a windy sky. Try not to react to them.
  8. Continue in this way, until you feel completely calm and relaxed.
  9. You can sit or lie down for as long as you wish. However, initially, you may only be able to be still for just a few minutes. It does not matter.
  10. Practice regularly. Try to meditate first thing in the morning and early in the evening, before or after your evening meal. If you feel you don't have the time, then make the time by getting up a little earlier. Believe me, it is worth it.
  11. It does not matter if you can only meditate for a few moments each day. Any time spent meditating is better than none.
  12. Some people also find meditating in the bath to be very therapeutic.

You can use other tools for meditation, but I always find it is better to keep things simple. Other tools could be lighted candles, but do ensure that the candle cannot be accidentally knocked over. Incense sticks and oil burners, also give off aromatic scents that help alleviate stress and invoke relaxation.

Finally, when you are at work, if you feel yourself starting to get tense or irritable, then take some time out to breathe deeply till you feel your body relax. Even if it means taking a step out in the fresh air or when you visit the toilet.

Practice daily and you will soon start to notice the benefit.

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