has a number of very important benefits, both to our minds and our
bodies. With all these important benefits, you would think that everyone
would meditate every day.
the most frequent reasons people give for not engaging in daily meditation
sessions is lack of time. Many people simply are too busy living their
daily lives and making a living, and they feel they do not have the
time and energy to devote to meditation.
this is where the one-minute meditation comes in. As the name implies,
the one-minute meditation takes a mere 60 seconds, and even the busiest
person can spare that much time.
meditation is also one of the easiest to do. There are no mantras
to repeat, no candles to burn, no complicated yoga positions.
meditation simply consists of taking three deep breaths.
simple breathing exercise. Breathe in through your mouth, and then
breathe instead through your nose. When you breathe through your mouth
your chest will expand, while nose breathing expands your diaphragm
and your abdomen instead. Breathing through your nose will cause the
diaphragm to engage, bringing air much deeper into your lungs. This
means that more oxygen is being delivered to your bloodstream and
your organs, and this results in a greater level of relaxation.
is why breath control is such a fundamental of meditation. At the
extreme end of the spectrum are those religious leaders who can use
meditation to slow their breathing almost to the point of imperceptibility.
It is of course not necessary for the average person to take breathing
control to this extreme, but learning how to breath properly can help
us relax and get more out of even the shortest meditation session.
need to do to engage in a successful one-minute meditation is to close
your eyes, let your thoughts drift away, and take three slow, deliberate
and deep breaths through your nose. Pay attention to your breathing
as you inhale and exhale each breath, and note how much better you
feel after having done so.
meditation exercise will of course not take you into a deep contemplative
state of mind, nor will it allow you to commune with your inner child.
The one-minute meditation will, however, allow you to relax and recharge,
making it a perfect exercise for whenever you feel stressed out or
overwhelmed by the day. The beauty of the one-minute meditation is
that it can be done virtually anywhere - at the office, at home, at
lunchtime, or even in your car. This one-minute recharging session
can definitely help you get through a busy and stressful day.
a good idea to make this one-minute meditation a regular ritual. Try
doing the one-minute meditation first thing every morning, or right
before bedtime. Performing this simple exercise upon waking can help
you charge the batteries and get ready for the day, while doing it
at nighttime can relax you and get you ready for a restful night's
sleep. Making a habit out of something healthy, like the
one-minute meditation, is certainly better than making a habit out
of something harmful, like alcohol or cigarettes.
one-minute meditation is perfect for those who feel they do not have
time to meditate. This simple exercise can be used on its own, or
combined with other, more sophisticated, meditation techniques. Try
it for a few days. You may be wondering how you ever got along without
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