Increase Your Focus and Decrease Your Stress
Do you find your mind constantly being pulled in a million different directions and find it difficult to focus on what is currently in front of you? If so, beginning a daily meditation practice can train your mind to continue to come back to a single point of focus, even when you’re not meditating. You will begin to notice the effects of your daily meditation practice trickling down through different aspects of your life.
Watch this video to learn one of the easiest ways to enter into the world of meditation. The benefits to meditation are numerous, but the benefit I appreciate most is the intense focus it allows me to have when at work or when engaging in activities I enjoy. It also decreases my level of stress and anxiety. I am certain you will find similar benefits yourself when you begin a daily meditation practice.
Once you listen to the video, find a comfortable seat. You can sit in a chair, sit on a yoga mat, or cushion. Whatever is most comfortable for you. If sitting upright for any length of time is uncomfortable for you, you also have the option to lie down. You will just have to be extra mindful to not fall asleep.
You can close your eyes or keep your eyes open while gazing at the floor a few feet in front of you. I encourage you to remove all potential distractions while meditating (e.g. silencing your cell phone, turning off the TV). But, distractions are a part of life and one purpose of meditation is to learn how to be able to bring your mind back to a single point of focus even in the face of distraction. So, don’t worry if distractions come along during your meditation, just simply acknowledge it and bring your mind back to the focus of your meditation.
I cover the significance of meditation in my life and my favorite forms of meditation in my book, Transformation After Trauma: Embracing Post-Traumatic Growth. Sign up here to begin reading the Introduction and Chapter 1 of my book for free!