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Follow These Steps to Start Meditating at Home
As contemporary life is more and more reliant on non-stop streams of information from our mobile devices, and constant stimulation becomes the norm, people crave a way to unplug and give their minds a rest. Meditation offers one way to do this.

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What Meditation Is

Meditation is being attentive to the fluctuations of your mind. 

Most of the time, we completely identify with our own thoughts, meaning there is no separa...

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Designate a Time

Make sure you pick a time when you can consistently devote yourself to this practice. It doesn't have to be lengthy. Ten or fifteen minutes is a good place to start. 

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Create the Space

It should be away from household distractions. A corner of your bedroom or living room is perfect. 

You'll also need a timer that will sound at the end of your ...

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Warming Up

You may want to do a little warm-up yoga sequence before sitting, especially if you are going to meditate first thing in the morning. 

If you find you don't need to warm...

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How to Sit

If you can sit on the floor, have blankets or a cushion to sit on. 

Try a cross-legged position like sukasana. If cross-legged isn't comfortable, try virasana. ...

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Hand Positions

You can try any position you have seen, but you can also just place your hands in your lap or place the hands on your knees with the palms up or down. Find a position that is comfortable for you.

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What to Do

Assume your seat and close your eyes. Begin to observe your breath without changing it. You can count the breaths if that helps you stay focused on them. 

W...

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How Long

When you first start, set your timer for five minutes. 

When you are ready, begin to add one minute to your sitting time. Slowly work up to ten and then tw...

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How to Finish

When your timer sounds, open your eyes. 

Take just a few moments to notice how you feel after your practice. 

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... for learning to concentrate better:

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Count your breaths

Place the attention on your breath as it comes in, and follow it through your nose all the way down to your lungs. Try counting “one” as you take in the first breath, then “two” as you breathe out. Repeat this to the count of 10, then start again at one.

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Relaxation as an alternative

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Activities to calm your brain

  1. Arts and crafts, including but not limited to coloring, pottery and knitting.
  2. All varieties of yoga.
  3. Go for a walk. Notice how your breath feels. Notice your feet walking.
  4. Singing, humming and whistling.
  5. Free-writing before bed.
  6. Cooking is filled with basic tasks that let you focus on all sorts of sights, smells, tastes and textures.

Benefits of meditation

...include stress reduction, sharpened concentration, and improved circulation to start.

Once you begin to practice, you'll soon experience a quieter mind, a more open heart, and a sen...

Be comfortable in a quiet place

To get started, it doesn't matter whether you sit or lay down as long as you are comfortable. 

You can sit cross-legged, on the floor, or on a chair. Then have the palms of your hands face the sky.

Become "present"

Become totally aware of your current surroundings. What do you hear? How does it feel to sit? Do you feel tension? Where are your thoughts?

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The P.A.U.L. method (10 minutes)

The P.A.U.L. method (10 minutes)

Choose one exercise for each of the following four categories:

  • P- Plyometric cardio (e.g., Jumping Jacks)
  • A- Abs (e.g., Plank)
  • U- Upper Body (e.g., Push-Ups)

A HIIT circuit (beginners and advanced)

  • Jumping Jacks: 20 reps or 40 reps
  • Squat: 10 reps or 20 reps
  • Incline push-up: 10 seconds or 20 seconds
  • Plank: 30 seconds or 40 seconds
  • Single-Leg Glute Bridge: 5 reps each leg or 10 reps each leg

Complete this circuit three times with a 30-second rest between each round.

The 3-HIIT wonder (10 minutes)

  • 40 Speed Skaters
  • 10 Floor Burpees
  • 15 Leg Lift + Hip Lift

Set a timer for 10 minutes and complete the circuit as many times as possible with little to no rest over the course of those 10 minutes.

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Your workspace matters
When you spend hours at your desk every day, even the smallest features of your workspace – such as the position of your monitor or the height of your chair– can greatly affect your productivity and e...

Lighting

  • The best kind of light you can have in your office is natural light. It helps our bodies maintain our internal "clocks" or circadian rhythms which affects our sleep and energy. 
  • Poor lighting, whether it's dim lighting or harsh lighting from overhead fluorescent lights, can cause eye strain, stress, and fatigue.
  • Don't sit with your back to a window unless you can shade it.
  • Don't sit facing a window because that will make reading a monitor difficult. 
  • If you use a task lamp at your desk, position it so the bottom of the lampshade is at about the height of your chin when it's on.

Plants

  • Indoor plants prevent fatigue during attention-demanding work. 
  • Even just having a window view of live greenery can be restorative and keep us focused.
  • A peace lily plant requires little sunlight to survive and you only have to water it when the soil is dried out and is also great for cleaning the air.
  • Cacti and aloe plants are other low-maintenance plants to consider.

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Get the Wii Fit

... to play games that require balancing and movement. 

Playing any games while standing up is also an alternative, as sitting all day is bad for us.

Test Your Posture

Test your back and neck posture against a wall or check proper posture illustrations to find any areas you need to work on when standing. 

Be more aware of your feet when you’re standing and adjust your weight so it’s distributed evenly across both feet.

Core Strengthening Exercises

Do pilates and other core strengthening exercises to help you stand taller and maintain a proper posture. 

Yoga also does that and emphasizes body awareness and balance.

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Mindfulness in major religions

Instructions for mindfulness meditations have been found in ancient texts of nearly every major religion, but it's Buddhism that exemplifies best mindfulness meditation: it...

Meditation and healthcare

Meditation has drifted from its religious connections and has been adopted by psychologists, healthcare professionals and other secular organizations as an effective way to deal with the stress and illnesses of the modern world.

3 core components of meditation:

  • Awareness: Focus on developing awareness. 
  • Non-Judgement: Witnessing an experience or sensation without attachment or criticism.
  • Peace: Though your feelings are valuable, mindfulness teaches you how to find serenity despite them.

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