The habit of daily mediation is one of the best and simplest ways for reducing stress and increasing your peace of mind. Anyone can learn how to meditate, and the steps to developing this daily habit are not difficult to implement.
The first requirement for developing the daily habit of meditation is that you commit to it for at least thirty days consecutively. It usually takes around twenty to thirty days for most people to develop a habit, and those who are serious about reducing stress and increasing their peace of mind will be sure to be consistent in their efforts.
Here are the simple steps to daily meditation that focuses on reducing stress and increasing mental peace and awareness:
Step 1 :
Find a quiet spot where you can be alone and sit down in a position you find most comfortable. You do not need to know how to sit in a lotus position or be a yoga master to sit properly for meditation. The only thing that is important is that you can sit comfortably and without distraction.
After you have found a comfortable spot that is free from distractions, begin to breathe in and out very slowly. Try counting to four in your mind as you breathe in and count to four again as you breathe out.
The slow breathing will help you to develop a rhythm of breathing that greatly helps to reduce bodily stress and also to help you focus more on your state of being rather than some other distraction.
Imagine that you are releasing all of the tension in your body by relaxing your entire body from the tip of your head to your toes. Create a feeling of “letting go” through a deep relaxation of your muscles, and focus on calming your nerves as well by making sure that your fingers and toes are completely relaxed.
Your stress levels will reduce as you reach a state of complete calm and relaxation. Be as still as possible without moving any muscles. Meditation is the only exercise in which a person must consciously relax every muscle in their body.
After your entire body is calm and relaxed, begin to focus on reducing any mental anxieties that you may have by stilling your mind.
Keep all worrisome thoughts out of your mind by thinking about the things that you are grateful for. Slowly replay images of your happiest memories. If you can successfully do this, begin to think about the good things that you want to bring about in your life.
Make sure that these mental images have a strong feeling of happiness attached to them. It is the feeling behind these mental images that will be the determining factor in increasing your peace of mind.
Continue doing this for fifteen minutes or more or at least until you are completely relaxed and filled with a sense of joy, fulfillment, peace, and clarity.
Learn to do this exercise every day until you can get full control over your stress levels. Since mental anxieties and bodily stress are the result of fear, doubt, worry, and indecision, this daily meditation will slowly eradicate such feelings by creating mental peace, clarity, awareness, and fulfillment.
The more you can take advantage of daily meditation as a means to get your mind and thoughts more clear and directed towards positive outlooks, the more you will increase your peace of mind and reduce the amount of stress in your life.