Approximately 25 years ago I was diagnosed with hypertension and prescribed a pharmaceutical medication to alleviate my high blood pressure. I took the medication for a short period of time, but did not like doing so, so I searched for a holistic approach.

chakra-energyWhat I found was that with meditation, exercise and a reduction of sodium (salt) intake I could lower my blood pressure, using a natural approach rather than the pharmaceutical drug that has been prescribed. I decided to use this approach and enrolled in meditation classes. It worked and many years later my blood pressure is still within normal parameters!

I meditate for twenty minutes twice a day, but even five or ten minutes of meditation is beneficial. I tend to have a busy, analytical mind, so it’s not always easy for me to quiet my mind, but I do it anyway and enjoy the benefits.

If you do not currently set aside time to meditate daily starting with 5 to 10 minutes is an easy way to begin.

tai-chiThere are myriad forms of meditation. If you don’t like to sit you can perform a walking meditation or Tai Chi. Another option is to alternate between sitting and walking methods.

A totally different approach is to listen to binaural beat audios, available on mp3s and CDs. This approach can be helpful if you are frustrated about not stilling your mind. However, not being able to still your mind is not a problem. When your mind wanders all you have to do is go back to what you were focusing on, such as your breathing or a mantra. Eventually you may want to increase your meditation time to 20 minutes or more a day.

You can start by getting in a comfortable position, sitting or lying down and taking five to ten minutes alone, just being quiet. On the other hand, you can jump right in with 5 to 10 minutes focusing on your breathing, or repeating an affirmation or mantra. Notice when your mind wanders and gently bring your attention back to your point of focus. Don’t dwell on a thought, just observe it and move on.

This is not medical advice; please check with your physician if you decide to do this rather than take prescribed medications.

Some research suggests that meditation may help with the following:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Asthma
  • Binge eating
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain
  • Substance abuse
  • Increased happiness
  • Improved relationships
  • More satisfaction with professional and personal life
  • Increased calmness
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Substance abuse
  • Decreased need for medical care
  • High cholesterol
  • Atherosclerosis
  • PTSD
  • Enlightenment

Sources:
http://www.tm.org/
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/HQ01070

 

Below are links to some meditation practices.  Google “meditation techniques” and find many more. 

 

Be joyful, embrace life and thrive!

With love,

Randy

 

Beginning the end of this month – September 28, 2013 – Randy will be hosting the first FREE Timely Guidance Life-Enhancement Webinar with co-host Pamela Shelley. More details will be available via his website http://www.timelyguidance.com. Please signup to the mailing list to receive more information. The first webinar will be “Learn How to Meditate” with Guest Speaker: Theresa Venezia.

 

 

 

Randy Monk is an international teacher of self-improvement, metaphysics and spiritual growth. He is the author of Life Mastery Tools for The Age of Ascension and Co-Authored the Becoming an Alpha Master audio program with Ronna Herman. He also helps people discover their life purpose, manage life’s challenges and manifest their dreams. Randy teaches via the internet and workshops through Quest for Mastery Programs and his Timely Guidance website. More recently he has ventured out into a business, Emissary Resources, with tools to assist Creatives and Messengers to deliver their works globally.

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