Have you ever tried to meditate, only to get restless after five seconds? It is important that you start small and simple. There are many ways you can meditate without taking up a lot of your time every day, or without having to spend an hour in silence right away. One of the easiest ways is to start breathing through your nose instead of your mouth. By breathing through your nose, your lower lung lobes get more air. This ensures a greater amount of oxygen in the bloodstream, stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and ensures total relaxation of body and mind.
An easy meditation technique:
Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let the tension drain from your muscles. It can help if you tense your muscles first, and then release that tension. Then let your mind wander as much as possible, and take four or five slow breaths through your nose, paying attention to your breathing.
“Can meditation be that easy?” The short answer is yes. No, you probably won’t enter a deep meditative state with this simple meditation. But it will certainly help you, such as a clearer mind and less stress. It can also become a ‘trigger’ for your meditation in this way.
For example, do your four breaths every time you get into the car, or every day after lunch. The place or time then becomes the triggers that remind you to meditate, and with that, meditation can become a habit. This may not be a “real” meditation, but there is nothing wrong with enjoying the relaxation this technique provides. If you want, you can always get started with deeper meditation later. And until then, remember that everything doesn’t always have to be difficult to be valuable.
Why not try this one minute stress meditation just once?