The idea of meditation for many people often involves imagery of chanting, humming, smoke and a religious experience. Though meditation may involve sound and be practiced to have a greater connection with your Divinity, is not specific to religious practice. Meditation is the practice of tuning our attention away from distracting thoughts and quieting the mind and body in an effort to experience inner calm and peace. Attitudes towards meditation have changed greatly, and it has been incorporated into some schools to teach kids to be more present, calm and cooperative.
While meditation does not require any tools many people find that guided recordings help when they first begin. Likewise, it does not require more than 10 minutes if you do not have much spare time. You may choose to actively disconnect and relax on your favorite piece of furniture or outside, or be mindful and quiet of thoughts while gardening or painting. Not all meditation looks the same.
During meditation you may choose to focus your attention on your breath, a sound or imagery. You can allow your mind to wander and allow thoughts to enter your mind but pass through rather than expanding on them. Once you learn to quiet the mind and body complex you’ll be able to better manage triggers and anxiety, and will be able to actively engage in stress reduction as daily practice.
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