There are many techniques we can use to get more in tune with an energy boost or stay in the flow. NLP, EFT, the Sedona Technique are a few of them I use. But lately, the most effective and easiest for me is meditation.
Maybe it’s because it’s the one I give daily attention to, or because I find it the easiest, or because …
Earlier this year my son emailed me about this TED Talk by Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes. Being intrigued by his promise of doing nothing, a reframe for me, I searched out for more about him and this meditation philosophy. I found Andy on Facebook, Twitter and Google +. And then, I found his meditation website.
I’ve been meditating daily just 20 minutes a day every since then, and wow, has my personal energy shifted.
Here’s what I love about the headspace concept.
You can wade into meditating. Headspace starts you off with a free 10 day trial of just a 10 minute a day meditation. Seriously, can you find just 10 minutes a day to help you both feel better and improve your health? They do increase the time from there and these days, some where around three months into the series, I’m taking a 20 minute a day out. Just like I love having a gym in our home where I can work out my body, I love taking a workout for my mind. How can I say it improves your health? More on that in a minute.
A daily reminder email can be queued up. The people at headspace know that we can get off track with this daily ritual as helpful as it is. You can have reminders sent to you via email or even just a mobile reminder or both. Truthfully I love seeing this first thing in the morning. I may not get around to it first thing, but by the end of the day, that quite space in my day is on track.
Research shows the benefits of meditation. Either you can search out meditation research or just look at the latest findings on the headspace website. From stress and worry, to focus and your immune system, just by focusing on your breath there are effects that you and others will notice. For me just one small way it’s been able to reduce stress is just before going to any kind of social event which can wreak havoc with this introvert. Whew.
On the web or go mobile. It’s available both on the web and in a smart phone app. When I smoked many, many, many years ago, I can remember addicted feeling to cigarettes. I just had to have – the next one. Now meditation has become somewhat of an addiction. In January when I flew with my husband to visit his mom in long term care, the feelings were almost overwhelming. The long and delayed flight, the seeing his mom like I my mom is now, and the stress that travel puts on a person. While we were sitting in a friend’s living room waiting to head out together for dinner we had about 30 minutes alone. My husband started checking his email on his mobile, and I grabbed my cell phone, popped on my ear buds and off to the quiet place in my mind I drifted.
I’m not an affiliate for headspace, actually I think they are void of such a program. But if I were, the service I would be doing for anyone who gives it a try, and sticks to it, would outweigh any renumeration.
Geek Girl says
I have never been able to meditate. My mind just refuses to settle down even for a few minutes. Big sigh….
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Cheryl, I must have tried a couple of dozen ways over the years. For me getsomeheadspace makes it ALL fun. Really. I just cannot say enough for the positive benefits I’ve received.
Susan glad it served as a reminder. I’ve found it’s a positive boost for clarity.
Susan Cooper says
It’s been awhile since I have done any serious mediating. It was very helpful, especially during high stress times. You have reminded why I should consider getting back to making it part of my daily routine. 🙂
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