Meditation and Whole Life Wellness

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Meditation can be a major contributor to your overall, whole life, wellness. It has been proven to have a major and positive effect on your physical, mental and emotional health.

Meditating correctly helps to generate a number of chemicals and hormones that can contribute to your overall wellness by significantly improving your physical and mental condition.

Meditation – An Acquired Talent

Meditation is really a learned behavior, it doesn’t necessarily come easily… to a lot of people.

The practice of meditating can be considered a science or an art or both.  However it works, it requires focus, preparation, and practice.  Like any skill, it becomes easier and more pleasant the more you do it.

Planning your Schedule

Mediation requires preparation just as exercise does.

  1. First, plan specific days and times for sessions and make them mandatory – even up to the point of using an alarm to give you a heads up on starting and stopping
  2. Some people do better alone, others like to be in a group setting.
  3. Find what works for you –AND, keep your time commitments.

How and Where to Meditate

  • You don’t just sit down and “clear your mind.” Realistically, the “empty mind” doesn’t exist; your consciousness is always involved with considering any number of things.  You can’t just sit down, turn off your brain and instantly find inner peace and enlightenment or improve your health.  It’s not possible.
  • Pick a quiet spot to sit and contemplate. As you practice, you’ll find that you can meditate anywhere, even with noise around you.  However, being in a quiet space when you are starting is better – solitary and free from distractions.

Candles, incense, essential oils, and music are very useful if they help you concentrate.

  • Get comfortable! As long as you are sitting straight up (on the floor, a mat or a chair) you are literally in a good space. You don’t have to be in a lotus position with your thumb and forefinger making “O’s” and you don’t have to chant – honestly.
  • Close your eyes and stay focused on where you are right now. Don’t be surprised when your mind DOES try to wander after a very brief time, that’s natural!  The Yoga masters say the purpose of meditation is to focus on yourself – “in the NOW” – in the present – and avoid dredging up the past or fretting about the future.
  • Concentrate on breathing and relaxing. Feel the air as you breathe in and out. Think about how your chest and belly expand and contract – try to feel those sensations.   When you exhale, allow yourself to relax and let any tension in your body go out with each breath.
  • Relax all the “tight and tense places– especially our shoulders, legs, and lower back.  Widen your eyes and let the muscles around the plus your neck and jaw just relax.  Whatever body parts you find clenched up, just relax and release.
  • Quit when the alarm goes off and see how you feel.

How does meditation help you?

You have probably heard that meditation produces positive mental and physical results.  Studies have proven that to be entirely true.  The results are improvements in how you think and feel – a better outlook and lower levels of depression, anxiety, chronic pain and chronic illness. There is power in meditation to transform the quality of your life.

These substances include

  • Serotonin which increases brain cells
  • Endorphins that elevate your mood
  • Melatonin to help you sleep better
  • DHEA and GH that slow aging and help reduce chronic pain

Make the choice of staying in “the NOW” and begin to improve your whole life through meditation. Check out our events page for our Sanjati Meditation event Friday, January 26, 2018, from 7pm-8pm. We have partnered up with the team at Sanjati Music to bring you this wonderful experience, unlike any meditation you’ve had before.

Join the Thrive Tribe, come out to our events and become a better you. Keep connected with the Thrive Massage and Wellness newsletters and visit our Columbus massage spa.

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About the Author

Codi Barnhouse, Licensed Massage Therapist

Codi Barnhouse is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) at Thrive Massage and Wellness Her passion in helping others led her to massage therapy. Codi holds an Advanced Certification in TMJ massage.

Her goal is to help provide you with pain relief, relax your muscles, and help you lead a more thriving life.

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