The Best-Selling Drug on the Market Doesn’t Come in the Form of a Pill

“Lower blood pressure, decreased depression and anxiety, and increased focus, memory and productivity are just some of the scientifically proven benefits.”

What is this miracle drug? Meditation.

Everyone needs a meditation practice, but not everyone understands why or how. Besides the benefits listed above, meditation helps us take time for ourselves. It’s not the amount of time you spend meditating that matters–it’s about doing it on a regular basis, preferably at least once a day.

If 60 seconds are all you can devote to meditation, do it. According to Leonard Perlmutter, the founder and director of the American Meditation Institute, “we all have one minute to meditate.” Once 60 seconds becomes a habit, increase the time during one session or try adding another session (e.g. one in the morning and one at night).

To get the most out of a meditation session, it’s important to learn how to be aware of thoughts. Meditation is not about emptying the mind or trying to forget things. It’s about recognizing a thought, not judging it as good or bad, and simply coming back to a state of being. It helps to focus on breathing, a mantra, a sound or a specific object. Any time the mind starts to wander away from the focal point, simply appreciate the thought and imagine pushing it gently aside for later consideration.

During meditation, its important to be comfortable. Pain or irritability will cause distraction when the purpose is to remain focused.

If there is a place that promotes focus and comfort, this can become a habitual meditation spot, but location should not prohibit a regular practice. Meditation can be done anywhere.

Personally, I have benefited tremendously from a regular practice. For over a year, I was suffering from visual migraines. There was no clear trigger other than stressful situations. Having a condition that would literally make me blind for up to twenty minutes during an episode prompted a search for immediate relief. Meditation was the miracle drug. Though my visual migraines have not been completely cured, they happen infrequently and last no more than five minutes.

Even if you’re not looking to cure any ailments, consider meditation as a preventative measure for overall well-being. If you’re struggling to get started, there are many apps available that provide guided meditation through words and/or music. The only downside to some of these apps is that they provide limited availability without a subscription. If you’re looking for free help, try Insight Timer. Don’t wait another minute! Use that 60 seconds to start meditating today.

©, March 12, 2018


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