Breath ~ Focus ~ Go Inside

Meditation is the quieting of the mind.

Meditate. Live purely. Quiet the mind. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon,come out from behind the clouds! Shine. — The Buddha

Meditation is not all about sitting quietly, eyes wide shut in an easy cross-legged position.  Although it can be! Meditation is the quieting of the mind, the chatter that is on a continuous loop of all the things we need to accomplish, our task lists, reviewing previous conversations, practicing future interactions. Meditation can be seated, but it is so much more. It can be guided by a clear and gentle voice that takes you on a journey. It can be a walk through the neighborhood listening to the birds chatter, and the wind rustling in the tree leaves, or along the beach hearing the waves roll onto the shore at your feet.

When the mind is cleared, we have a better opportunity to relax the body too – moving out of a fight or flight mode, into one that has softened and open, less combative. This in turn may allow us to act in life, as opposed to react in any given situation.

Benefits of Meditation

If relaxation is not the goal of meditation, it is often one result of it. Back in the 1970s, Herbert Benson, MD, a researcher at Harvard University Medical School, coined the term the relaxation response after conducting research on people who practiced transcendental meditation. The relaxation response, in Benson’s words, is “an opposite, involuntary response that causes a reduction in the activity of the sympathetic nervous system.”

Since then, studies on the relaxation response have documented the following short-term benefits to the nervous system:

 lower blood pressure

 improved blood circulation

 lower heart rate

 less perspiration

 slower respiratory rate

 less anxiety

 lower blood cortisol levels

 more feelings of well-being

 less stress

 deeper relaxation

Breath ~ Focus ~ Go Inside

Look for the space between the thoughts.