Stress Less – Meditate More

The “pit-stop” of Meditation

“Meditative” and “action” are the two words to follow. By the worldwide dictionary, it is means, “the action or practice of meditating; a written or spoken discourse expressing considered thoughts. Synonym-contemplation, thought, thinking, musing, pondering, consideration, reflection”.

Basically, in other words, is the act of thinking, the act of contemplation your thoughts, the act of reflection, the act of seeing the entire of you.

Over the past 50 years, studies have been revealing the benefits of meditation in the daily life of children, teens, adults, and seniors. From all of them, the typical results show that mindful and mediation programs increase de levels of relaxation and calm and decrease the level of stress, anxiety and depression.

Scientific results of meditation as a stress reliever

Results from this prospective randomized controlled pilot study Shapiro, S. L., Astin, J. A., Bishop, S. R., & Cordova, M. (2005). “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Health Care Professionals: Results From a Randomized Trial,” suggest “that an 8-week Mindful-based stress reduction intervention may be effective for reducing stress and increasing quality of life and self-compassion.”

And results from, Goyal M, Singh S, Sibinga EM, Gould NF, Rowland-Seymour A, Sharma R, Berger Z, Sleicher D, Maron DD, Shihab HM, Ranasinghe PD, Linn S, Saha S, Bass EB, Haythornthwaite JA (2014). “Meditation programs for psychological stress and well-being: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” suggest “Clinicians should be aware that meditation programs can result in small to moderate reductions of multiple negative dimensions of psychological stress. Thus, clinicians should be prepared to talk with their patients about the role that a meditation program could have in addressing psychological stress. Stronger study designs are needed to determine the effects of meditation programs in improving the positive dimensions of mental health and stress-related behavior.”

Every day in our life we are running a marathon inisde of your brain, in our mind, with our thoughts. Our mind is like a “non-stopping machine”, a “workaholic identity”. Did you stop to think why sleeping is so important? Did you stop to think about why some people are happier than others? Our morphology , our biology is the same. The difference is, “The quality of our life depends on the quality of our mind,” writes Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Your mind, your brain and your head have to relax. Has to recharge energies, has to rest. You have to have brakes on your mental activity. The same way you have to have brakes on your physical activty or on your muscle activity. How many documentaries we have seen talking about overtraining and overworking? Thousands! And at the end what they all want to mean?! That pushing until the limit is not a healthy option! You got injuries, diseases, problems, and mental disorders because, you don´t rest enough. Easy. It is the same with OVERTHINKING. If you not control and balance your thoughts and mind, you get stress, anxiety, depressive and other mental disorders, and  likely will turn to physical disease. We are an engine, and you are the driver. Don’t push too much. Otherwise, you will break down. Maintain it and take care.

Meditation it´s an amzing pit-stop. Check it out. 

Morning meeting. Morning meditation.

With meditation, you can have a healthier and happier life. How? When you stop to think or to analyze your thoughts, you are resting your mental activity. Pit-stopping! You are focusing on your heart and in what is essential for you. You are learning to control your thoughts, to know them, to meet them, instead of just let them pass through, without your permission. When you realize you can control your thoughts, you know you can control your life.

According to Donald Walsch, Neal. Conversations with God: an uncommon dialogue. Book1. “Worry is just about the worst form of mental activity there is. Worry is pointless. It is waste mental energy. It also creates biochemical reactions. All illness is created first in mind. Nothing occurs in your life – nothing – which is not first a thought. Thoughts are like magnets, drawing effects to you.”

Why most prestige companies have meetings every morning, before starting the work?! To plan and organize, to talk about the job and to filter what is important. To organize the brain of the company! Tchamram! On these meetings, they focus on what the goal is and to not lose the track.
It is the same with our mind. It is our gap, we are skipping our morning´s meeting.

Meditation for stress relief.

Every morning, ten minutes, before head up to work, and before fall asleep. At home with your family and your kids, if is your case. I called  “Meditation of the Rose”. I did read in a book, from Robin S. Sharma “The monk who sold his Ferrari.” I started doing it, and I started feeling much more calm, more patient, more relaxed, more in peace and less stress. I also combined with others types of guided meditations. with Rose´s Meditation I started understanding how my mind and thoughts work. They come and go, and I learned to control that. It is amazing!

“Rose pit-stop”

• Get a rose. Choose one that you like and smell it. Doesn´t matter the color. You choose. I did with red.

• Get your meditation corner. Your Spot. Somewhere where you like to be. Your “pit-stop”.

• Sit comfortable and close your eyes

• Focus your attention in your body and start breathing slowly and paying attention to your breath.

• When you feel comfortable and relaxed start looking at the rose. Focus your attention on the rose, how it looks like, is color, is wrinkles, is format, deeply aprecciate it.

• Stay there enjoying, with the ros in your hands. you can move it and keep discovering it.

• If random thoughts come to your mind, don’t worry. Just let them come and send them back. Get focus again in the rose. Doesn’t matter how many times you have visits from your thoughts, just get back to the rose and keep doing it.

For ten minutes, every day and you will feel the diference.

How meditation changed my life

“A life-changing decision that took only two weeks of meditation to cultivate. Each day I’d sit for 15 minutes and practice smiling from the inside out. I generated thoughts of loving kindness from my heart and allowed the feelings to permeate through my body. I sat with the feeling of love, triggering the heart meridians on my face by actually smiling. At first, I felt a little stupid, sitting on my meditation seat grinning, but soon the shyness shifted, and I would look forward to my session each day. After a week, I had already noticed a shift in my state of mind: I was not as agitated, and the feeling of overwhelm was slowly melting away. I still had no answers, but then I had no questions, to begin with, so I was not expecting any major revelations.” By Fleur Carter.

“It helped me connect with myself and realize what I want out of life, and that life is short, and there’s no time like the present to chase your dreams. It reminded me to slow down and breathe. And it reminded me that taking stock of my life as it is now is the best way to take massive action on my dreams moving forward.” By Blake Powell

Pit-stop rule: MEDITATE MORE. STRESS LESS.

4 Comments

  1. Great to read. A rose sounds like a great idea, it made me understand “how to meditate”. So good!

    1. Great! Thank you for your comment Catarina!

      Hope you will enjoy the rose the same as I. Now I´m more light!

      All the best,
      Leonor

  2. A qualidade da infância determina as crenças e as escolhas do futuro.
    Ampliar a consciência abre portas para a luz da vida entrar.
    Aqui, abrem-se portas, ajuda-se a crescer, estabilizam-se crenças e contribui-se para a realização de escolhas sólidas e conscientes.

    1. Ola Madalena! obrigada pelosue comnetario!

      Espero que tenha gostado do web-site! Obrigada, também, por todos os ensinamentos!

      All the best,
      Leonor

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