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Breathe Away Holiday Stress



I always find the holiday season fun and festive but there is an element to it that is quite stressful. Nothing ruins a good time (and vibe) more than stress. To help you cope this busy holiday season, try this easy but effective meditation.


This meditation is one of the simplest of all meditations and can be done at anytime, yet it is still very powerful. The benefits of practicing this meditation is that it helps to reduce anxiety, reduce the internal mental chatter and helps you to feel calm and focused.

PREPARATION

Whenever possible, wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing. Find a quiet place where you can be undisturbed. Grab a cushion or chair and turn the lights off or down low.


PRACTICE

  1. Sit cross legged on cushion. If you can’t sit this way, sit in a chair with a straight back. Keep your back straight and your shoulders level but relaxed. Your chin should be parallel to the floor. Soften your eyes and bring your gaze to a spot around three feet (a metre) in front of you. Rest your hands on your knees.

  2. Breathe in and out through your nose normally. Focus on using your abdomen to breathe as opposed to your chest.

  3. Start to count your breath each time you exhale. When you get to ten you want to start again. Your thoughts may try to get involved and when they do, do not try and stop them. Just simply let the thoughts go and continue to breathe and count.

  4. Do this meditation for ten minutes. You will find that this meditation will bring focus and calmness into your daily life.


The practice of breath meditation is thousands of years old. Although very simple in nature, breath meditation can help tame anxiousness, centre the body and reduce negative thoughts. Meditation can even lower blood pressure and the heart rate. How it works is that when you meditate on your breath you are essentially giving your mind something else to concentrate and focus on besides wild thoughts. Training your mind this way will help you to focus on one thing at a time and create deep relaxation in the body.


This time of year is busy for all of us and sometimes the stress and added pressure can feel too much. Instead of reaching for that glass of wine to cope, why not try this powerful mediation.

You are only a couple of breaths away from a peaceful and relaxed holiday season.

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