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Stop Everything for 5 Minutes

Stop Everything for 5 Minutes
By Nassim Sana

We live such busy lives that most of the time we forget to take the time to relax and smell the roses. Our days are filled with the same routine things that we do over and over again. Sometimes I have to literally tell myself to stop. Nassim put your machinery on rest mode; it’s time to feel more centered. Right, I’m sure most of you agree we wish we had an automated rest button.  I’m not going to talk about the reasons why we don’t relax, and utilize tools like meditation. I’m going to encourage you to focus on all the reasons why you should give yourself that five minutes to become more centered. Studies continue to show the importance of relaxing and allowing your brain to rest and slow down. One of the best things to practice and help center yourself is by incorporating meditation in your life. Dr. Joe Dispenza explains “meditation has shown promising results in changing not only how the brain works by altering brain waves patterns, but also by growing new brain cells that are the product of inner mindful attentiveness.”

Nassim SanaHere is more evidence on how the various forms of meditations can increase emotional balance, increase immunity, lower blood pressure, and create calmness and so much more. For example, a study in Harvard Medical School found that meditation lowered blood pressure, making the body less responsive to stress hormones. Another study was conducted by Dr. Herbert Benson, founder of Mind-Body Medical Institute, which is affiliated with Harvard University and several Boston hospitals. This research reported that meditation induces a host of biochemical and physical changes in the body referred to as the “relaxation response”. The relaxation response changes heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, metabolism and brain chemistry.

Personally I have been meditating for the past 10 years and I enjoy it because it gives me what I need. Meditation has helped center me holistically (mind, body and spirit). I enjoy meditating in the morning when my mind is still quiet or at night when I’m ready to put my day to rest. I prefer to use various types of mediation, for example guided mediation, breath focus, mantra, or body scan. Here are some other ways you can meditate;

  1. stillness
  2. meditation,
  3. energy meditation,
  4. walking mediation,
  5. visual meditation

My recommendation for intermediate mediation is designate a spot that you love in your own home and create a Zen space that you can connect with. When creating that space you can personalize it by adding aromatic candles, and meditation music. If you love the outdoors, go for a hike, pick a spot, sit down, clear your mind and only focus on your surroundings, and begin to take slow long breaths from your stomach. If you prefer indoors, I recommend the Franciscan Renewal Center, they have mediation rooms and I promise you will love them. Be creative; think outside the box; you can meditate in many different places. If you want to get out of town I recommend Sedona, its natural beauty and energy vortex will give you what you need. Investigate and explore what types of mediation work for you. The important thing to remember about meditation is that there is no right or wrong way of doing it; it’s all about what works best for you. Most of all have fun with it, and don’t be rigid. To all the readers, I encourage you to meditate 5 minutes once a week. If you are a beginner keep just keep it simple. Dr. Wayne Dyer wants us to remember, “Give yourself a gift of 5 minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five minute a day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe.”

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