Meditation or “mental break” is a practice in which the person is focused or deep in thought for a period of time. Because practicing meditation helps you to slow your breath, quiet your mind, and find peace, it can be beneficial physically, mentally, and emotionally. Meditation is now commonly used to treat mental health disorders, addiction, and everyday stress.
Most people, including myself, will have so many thoughts racing in and out of the mind, throughout the day. In the morning, we find ourselves racing to get out the door. We have so much to do and so little time to do it, so we become irritated, stressed and sometimes angry. On top of our morning duties, our mind is thinking about finances, relationships, vacations, self-image, fears and is typically always either in the past or in the future. It never seems to sit still in the present moment. Then at work it’s constantly being utilized to carry out multiple tasks, however, still stuck in future and past thoughts. In the evening, the mind still does not wind down as it should. In addition to our constant worries and fears, we are bombarded with new emotions that result from the day. These include resentments, self-pity, depression, and jealousy. We may think we live in chaos but the real chaos resides in the mind. This in turn, affects how we perceive the world and how we behave in it. The program of action tackles this very key problem when completed.
- Find a quite place or go for a nice walk and give yourself the opportunity to escape the craziness of your day.
- Bring your focus to one of your senses; sight, sound or smell. And then focus on one item that that your are experiencing in that very moment. This could be either watching the sunset, listing to waves crashing or the birds chirping, or simply the smell of a candle that is lit in your space.
- Relax and enjoy!