Stressed? We Invite You to Meditate
There is an antidote for all maladies and there are few better cures for stress than meditation.
We are currently exposed to lifestyles that counter the natural rhythms of our bodies and minds. Perhaps for that reason stress has become a pathological part of our daily lives, a phenomenon that is associated with many ailments and even with chronic illnesses.
The relevance that stress has acquired is a little paradoxical when we have to hand such diverse resources freely accessible to help us to face and neutralize its undesirable effects. However, many people are not aware that it is not necessary to pay a visit to a health specialist or buy costly drugs. In reality there are diverse antidotes that allow us to eliminate the effects of this common enemy. One of them is meditation.
This millenary technique, used especially among cultures of the orient, almost immediately brings benefits for physical and emotional health – something that has been proven by dozens of scientific studies, many of which were carried out by prestigious institutions. But by inviting you to meditate we are not referring to those epic sessions that require long hours of dedication or the learning of complex bodily positions, sacred chants or the use of sophisticated paraphernalia.
There are very simple ways of meditating that undoubtedly bring significant benefits, and although it is likely that experiencing those positive effects will make you decide to deepen your immersion in one of the schools of practice, it is certain that dedicating ten minutes to meditation daily can turn it into an anti-stress tool.
1- Sit on a chair, a rug or a cushion (the criterion for choosing a place to sit should be finding a posture that allows you to have your back straight but relaxed and with your bodyweight sustained entirely by the surface on which you are sitting).
2- Keep the head in harmony with the body, with the neck straight but relaxed, and drop your chin slightly (so that your eyes are looking naturally at the ground at a distance of about one meter in front of you).
3. Place your tongue against your palate and close your eyes (but not tightly, allowing a thin strip of light in between your eyelids).
4. Begin breathing normally and focus your attention on your breathing and its three phases (inhalation, retention and exhalation).
5. As your thoughts begin to flow, taking your attention away from your breathing, don’t try to fight them, but also avoid getting lost in them, simply observing them and letting them follow their course toward nothing.
6. Remain like this for ten minutes and repeat the exercise daily. The benefits will be evident before you can imagine, but will come discreetly and harmoniously.
If you want to know more about the health benefits of meditation, every afternoon at 2pm you can take a free class at the Faena Spa Buenos Aires.
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