Meditation is the very heart of self-care: nourishing all levels of the body, mind and spirit. It is our most natural state of being, which is why—as we become more and more disconnected from our true nature, we are so drawn into this ancient practice.
A natural part of my daily routine, meditation has woven itself into my life—just like brushing my teeth in the morning or enjoying an afternoon cup of tea. But it wasn't always so easy. Not all meditation produces the same results, and it took many years before I found a technique that achieves deep levels of healing rest while also providing renewed energy, clarity and focus.
Meditation, and its many forms, often activates the critical thinking part of our brain, creating a gentle, pleasant sensation of relaxation that generates primarily beta and alpha brain waves. Ancient Vedic Mantra Meditation, on the other hand, allows for brain wave coherence of all four categories—beta, alpha, theta and delta. This flow of connection opens up the deepest, most profound states of meditation and is experienced as expanded awareness which eventually begins to spill into all areas of our life.
"I think 99 times and I feel nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.”
// Albert Einstein
Where to begin.
Begin at the beginning.
With the breath!
The first step is to calm the body and mind, and our breath is our greatest tool. Breathing generates electromagnetic energy, or life force energy—commonly called Prana, Qi or Mana—which can heal your body and deepen your meditation experience.
We begin by opening our restorative channels with a simple, but powerful exercise: Alternate Nostril Breathing, also known as Anuloma Vilom, or Nadi Shodhana. This simple breathing technique reverses the fight or flight response, balances the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and oxygenates the blood.
I've used this grounding breath countless times to help reduce anxiety, and to literally stop a panic attack in its tracks. It can even help with insomnia if practiced in bed for 10-15 mins or until you drift to sleep. Try this technique just before an exam or interview to reduce your heart rate and blood pressure, and to access your whole brain for improved performance and mental clarity.
Listen to the guided excercise here: (link to audio of guided meditation) SOUND CLOUD embedded link
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