May 31 is National Meditation Day
Before this mind-calming practice had entered into a wider public consciousness, there have been people who have been practicing meditation for thousands of years.
“Breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment.” - Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist monk
Many people engage in the ancient practice of meditation to ease stress and alleviate health problems relating to stress. Mindfulness meditation has become more popular in recent years, due to its ability to help ease psychological stresses such as anxiety, depression and emotional pain.
Meditation involves sitting in a comfortable position and focusing on your breathing while directing your mind’s attention to the present moment you’re currently in without allowing your mind to drift into thinking about problems or other concerns of the past or the future.
As an alternative form of therapy, more members of the medical community as well as individual practitioners are recognizing meditation’s effectiveness in supporting mental well-being and maintaining physical health.
A mindfulness-based stress reduction program can help to reduce (or eliminate) specific symptoms of those who experience excessive worrying, insomnia, mood swings and certain forms of anxiety.
People who commit to this type of program are taught meditation skills along with general stress management techniques. Some people may find that practicing meditation within a group setting initially can be an effective way for them to learn how to continue the meditative process at home on their own.
Everyone suffers from stress at certain times in their lives; the key is to recognize it for what it is, to manage it and not allow it to escalate to the point that it begins to affect your health and overall well-being. Mindfulness Meditation is a healthy and beneficial way to achieve this as it can aid in maintaining a proper balance between your mind and body while allowing you to experience a type of inner peace during stressful moments.