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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Meditate First Thing In The Morning

For the best results, meditate every day, first thing in the morning. And you can start with just five minutes.

Research has yet to pinpoint the magic time requirement to see these brain changes and improve mental health outcomes. But Ward says ideally you should try to do it every day for 10-12 minutes. Four to fives times per week is great too, if you really can’t get to seven. The key is to be consistent.
“A lot of my clients are athletes, so I equate it with going to the gym,” she explains. “You’re not going to get fit working out one day a week; it needs to be several times a week. We’re changing mental muscles in your brain, and it takes repetition and consistency for those changes to occur.” If you’ve never meditated before, start with just five minutes. “For many people, that’s going to seem like an eternity,” she says. Get used to concentrating on your breath and stopping your mind when it wanders, and once that five minutes is flying by, increase your time.
“There’s big power in a group practice,” Richmond notes, which is why they offer Surdashan Kriya classes in most major cities around the country. But if you prefer doing it on your own most days, that’s fine too. You have to find what works best for you.
If you want a little more guidance or structure, try a mindfulness app. You can also meditate in some less traditional ways: Take a meditative yoga class, or spend time digging in your garden. Whatever lets you focus, breathe, and be present in the moment. “But definitely not TV,” Ward warns.
Finally, for best results, Ward recommends a morning meditation. “Sleep is a very different brain pattern than meditation,” she explains. “So you want to do it first thing when you wake up.” You can even practice while you’re still lying in bed. It’s the best way to start your day with a peaceful, centered mindset—a mental state we should all strive to be in.

Here is my previous post on how to meditate See It Here


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