Mornings, for me, are my spiritual time. Waking to commune with God gives my day a fighting chance to be wonderful. As I open my eyes and soak in the blissful peace of sleep, I always thank God for another day. Before I even get out of the warmth of my bed sheets I spend at least 5-10 minutes meditating on the word of God. For me this simple practice alleviates stress of my coming day and what it will bring, plus it gives me a chance to be grateful for my life and waking another day.
This simple meditation practice sets my day up for continued peace. It gives me something to return to when the stresses of life begin to way on me. For some their meditation is to whom they worship, for others it’s a time to quiet their mind and let all the stresses of life go. If you’ve never meditated but describe yourself as religious or spiritual, prayer is similar to meditation. So much so that it’s practically the same thing. The great benefit of spiritual awareness, no matter how you practice, is the wondrous health benefits.
Without taking a pharmaceutical or a nutritional supplement many health benefits can be achieved through meditation. Various scientific studies have linked regular meditation with supporting a host of common conditions. Cardiovascular disease can be reduced with regular meditation. By relaxing the body and mind the blood vessels relax as well. This relaxation takes pressure off of the pumping hard working heart. In addition, meditation and slowing down of the breathing pattern leads to dilation, or opening of the blood vessels reducing blood pressure.
Meditation can also aid in the reduction of hyperlipidemia and subsequent oxidative stress. Quieting the mind also helps to relieve anxiety and a depressed mood. It is a great addition to any mental health wellness plan. Meditation even gives those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) relief. As a lot of IBS is triggered by emotional stress or anxiety, calming the mind can also support regular movement of the bowels. Mediation is also implicated in the reduction of insomnia. For me, when I can’t sleep, I enjoy feeling each part of my body fall asleep one part at a time starting with my toes. By the time I have reached my belly button I’ve drifted off into the land of blissful rest.
If meditation is a new concept to you or you’ve fallen off track try these suggestions to begin a meditation practice or start one again:
Set a reminder on your phone for the same time every day. Make this your meditation time.
Take 5 minutes to be mindful, meditate, or quiet your mind. Each day, week, or month add another minute to your meditation.
If you are religious try reading one scripture a day. Give yourself at least 5 minutes to focus your mind. If you’re not religious, read an inspirational quote that fills you with positivity and focus on that.
No worries if you don’t want to read something. Just take this time to quiet your mind. Allow yourself time to have a clear peace overcome your world. Allow thoughts to come and gently bring your mind back to quietness
With practice meditation can be a rewarding experience. Try not to let a cluttered mind or difficulties concentrating discourage you. This is common early on in a meditative practice. But that is why it’s called a practice. You have many times to try and try again and grow into your own meditative groove.