Before work meditation

It’s all about a rhythm or routine, if it’s in your routine there’s a high likelihood that it will happen regularly. My routine is every morning when I arrive at work, I pull into my parking spot, turn off the car and I sit there and meditate for 5 to 10 minutes. When I first started I used to be somewhat self conscious about sitting in my car with my eyes closed meditating, although now I don’t worry about it at all. It’s so cleansing and relaxing to sit and meditate and let all the tension release before going into work. I was telling my daughter about this and she said, “what if you’re late for a meeting or something”. I told her then I definitely need to do my meditation because for sure I’ll have even more stress than normal. As I meditate I find myself thinking about what’s coming up in the day and I just remind myself that I’m here to meditate not plan my todo list and I go back to the “one thought / no thought” feeling and I continue meditating. Sometimes immediately following meditation I’ll open my phone and quickly write down thoughts that I had during meditation regarding my todo list or any other thoughts that I had that might be important later. The great thing about this new meditation app, is that it allows for quick and easy access to record all the meditation that I do, wherever and whenever I have the opportunity to...

What is Meditation / Mindfulness Good for? | Information Is Beautiful

This is a great chart on how meditation connects with your Cognitive, Physical, Emotional and Social levels. What are the effects of meditation & mindfulness, according to the latest scientific research? What’s it good for? And while we’re at it, what’s the difference between meditation and mindfulness anyway? We reviewed 75+ studies and compiled all the evidence in one graphic and datasheet...

How to Meditate – Easy to understand Free Meditation Instructions.

How to Meditate  From www.freemeditationinfo.com Easy to understand free meditation instructions, techniques and methods. There are many different techniques, from general awareness to specific concentration practices, from following your breath to saying a mantra. We cover them all. On this page we have a very basic introduction to meditation. For more detailed and specific meditation methods, check out our detailed instructions andvipassana meditation instruction pages.   Meditation Instructions. Allow yourself to be as comfortable as possible.   It is helpful when meditating to be relaxed and at ease. Sitting cross legged for long periods can be difficult, especially for westerners, so please assume a position where you can be both comfortable and alert. Try different positions, sitting cross legged, lying on a mattress, or sitting in your favorite chair. Experiment. Find out what works for you.   Please remember, meditation practice is not a competition to see who can sit still in an uncomfortable position for the longest length of time.   Initially it can be useful to set yourself a time limit. Perhaps 10 minutes initially, which you can lengthen to 25, then 45 minutes, as you become more experienced and comfortable with what you are doing.   There is no right or wrong length of time to meditate.   Take a few deep breaths, drawing air all the way down in to your belly, and releasing gently. Feel your body. Allow yourself to be “now”. In this moment there is nowhere to go, and nothing to do.   Ask your mind for permission to sit silently for a few minutes. Ask your body for permission to be...

What Happens to the Brain When You Meditate (And How it Benefits You)

Here is a great article that really shows you what happens to the brain when you meditate. It was written by Belle Beth Cooper and published at lifehacker.  http://lifehacker.com/what-happens-to-the-brain-when-you-meditate-and-how-it-1202533314 Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this practice. It always seemed so vague and hard to understand that I just decided it wasn’t for me. More recently, I’ve actually found how simple (not easy, but simple) meditation can be and what huge benefit it can have for my day to day happiness. Is Meditation Really Beneficial, or Is It Just Ridiculous? I’ve seen you guys post a few things about the benefits of meditation, and I only have one…Read more As an adult, I first started my meditation practice with just two minutes per day. Two minutes! I got that idea from Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits blog, where he points out how starting with a tiny habit is the first step to consistently achieving it. So even thought two minutes won’t make much difference, that’s where I started. Whether you’re as skeptical as I used to be, or you’re well ahead of me with a meditation habit of several hours, I think it’s always interesting to find out how new habits affect our brains. I had a look into meditation to see what’s going on inside our brains when we do this, and what I found is pretty interesting. Develop a Two-Minute Meditation Habit and Make It Stick Zen Habits blogger Leo Babuta hits on perhaps the most important aspect of making meditation a…Read more What...