Mission #34: Start a Meditation Practice

If I didn’t already know that there is no single magic pill, I’d say stillness in the form of meditation and prayer is it; the holy grail of self care! But since I know better, I will say it is one of the most important things you can do to improve just about anything in your life.

Before I share with you its benefits, I want to clarify that I did not grow up meditating. In fact it was a very foreign and ‘strange’ concept that I was exposed to much later in my life. Once exposed, it took years for me to warm up to meditation.

What I learned is that in order for you to reap any real benefits of meditation, you must develop a daily practice of at least 10 mins.

What does meditation do?

  • Clears the mind
  • Connects you to your source
  • Gives your thinking mind a break
  • Helps you tap into your subconscious mind
  • Slows heart rate
  • Releases endorphins (feel good chemicals)
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Increases concentration

Where do you begin?

  • Be willing to try different forms of meditation: silent, guided, mantra, prayer, dynamic, movement.
  • Dedicate a minimum of 10 minutes per day for meditation.
  • Commit to a single form of meditation for 30 days so you can experience the full benefits, then try another.
  • When you find forms of meditation that speak to you stick with them.

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