Cultivating a clear and healthy mind for a balanced and happy life.
In a world where our responsibilities are ever increasing, looking after our health and wellbeing is fundamental to living a harmonious & happy life. By intergrating a simple meditation practice into our daily routine, it has been scientifically proven that we can increase our productivity & stabilise our moods.
Business owners have reported that among employees who meditate, absenteeism is
lower, production is higher, and the quality of their work is better. For
example, recently a Detroit-based chemical plant recorded a 120% increase in
productivity and 520% increase in profits three years after implementing an
employee meditation program.
Why does meditation make us more productive? As we slow down the chatter in our minds and bring our awareness to the present moment, our ability to focus and perform one task at a time without interrupting ourselves increases dramatically. This is also known as mindfulness. Plus, the added benefits of slowing down the breath include lowering blood pressure, slowing the heart & calming the nervous system (great treatment for anxiety and panic attacks).
So if you think you don't have time to meditate for 10-30mins a day... you might want to shift your thinking a little. If you take the time to meditate, you might just tick even more off of your to do list each day and even have more energy in the evenings to spend with your family!
A simple Breathing Meditation practice for home:
. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight (either cross legged with your bottom slightly lifted on the edge of a cushion or sit on a chair).
. Extend the crown of your head towards the ceiling and tuck your chin under slightly.
. Gently close your eyes and bring your attention to your breath.
. Breathing into the lower abdomen, inhale deeply & slowly to a count of five
. Hold for two seconds then exhale for a slow count of five
. If you find your mind racing with thoughts, simply visualise yourself exhaling out the chatter and inhaling a cleansing life force (fresh air!). You can gradually increase the count as you become more experienced.