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December 2016

Stress Relief through Meditation: How Do I Begin?

By Michael George

Meditation Self-Help for Stress Management
As you gear up for the holiday season, your stress level can ramp up at the same time. Family togetherness. Holiday shopping. Rounds of parties. Cooking for a crowd. And what to wear, what to wear, what to wear . . . To sail through the holidays in a sea of calm, there is no better time to take up meditation.

How to Meditate
Start meditating by sitting in a comfortable position, the lotus position with your legs crossed, or any other way you feel relaxed. Keep the spine as straight as possible, then close your eyes and focus on breathing.

Meditation Breathing Exercises
Try to breath from your diaphragm or lower abdomen. Relax your shoulders and push up toward the ceiling with your head. It may take practice to get comfortable sitting this way, but it will become second nature. A strong posture is important in maintaining your physical and mental balance while meditating. Place your hands in your lap with forearms facing up, arms relaxed, and the thumb lightly pressing against the forefinger. By doing this you create a circular flow of energy.

Focus on each breath, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth, and try to take the breath from deeper in your abdominal area. As thoughts enter your mind, let them pass like train cars going slowly by. With consistent practice, these thoughts will eventually slow down and ultimately cease, instilling a sense of tranquility and serenity. This is the main goal of meditation.

Meditation Relaxation Techniques
As your mind relaxes, awareness of inner experiences deepens, while worries and tensions wash away. Meditation allows you to see not only the forest for the trees, but also each leaf. This awareness will bring you much closer to truth. As your mind stills, your sense of truth about your inner self and your outer life become much more vivid. This state of being allows your mind to be free of thought and your true self to be revealed.

Taking care of yourself is about balance, and your workout program should also be balanced. When we think of exercise, we assume that it’s just a physical activity, but exercising the mind and spirit is equally important. Meditation is probably one of the best ways to clear the mind of excess garbage.

Meditation for All
Connecting the mind and body through meditation techniques creates the right balance to motivate you to reach your fitness goals. This balance will complement the effort you put into your physical workouts. Staying fit in body, mind, and spirit is paramount to a healthy lifestyle.

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Michael George, Health & Fitness Contributing Editor

Michael George is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after fitness experts and celebrity trainers. He is the author of Body Express Makeover in which his balanced fitness regime integrates the body, mind, and spirit connection for optimal energy and health. Read more

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