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Practicing Meditation

Phone calls. Texts. Appointments. Calendars. Emails. Stop!!!

The technological age we live in is a bit of a double-edged sword. What we gain in convenience we lose in peace of mind. Our brains try to process information at the speed of our handhelds and along the way something gets lost. So what can we do about it?

Meditation has been proven to promote relaxation. And reduce stress. And lower blood pressure. And develop compassion, love, patience, and forgiveness. And alleviate depression and much, much, much more! So if it does all that, why aren’t we meditating all the time?

Most of us don’t know how. We usually picture meditation as a monk, all in yellow, sitting cross-legged in a monastery, floating a foot off the ground. But really, it can be as simple as closing our eyes for five minutes, and we can do it in whatever we’re wearing right now. There are actually no rules when it comes to meditation, it can be whatever we want it to be and we’ll still get all of the benefits.

For example, Sea Change for one is a strong believer that physical activity can be extremely meditative. Surfing, martial arts, working out, or whatever can put us in “the zone” and reap as many benefits as sitting Indian style on a pillow, if not more. Maybe, listening to music or taking photos is your meditation. It can literally be anything you want, as long as you go after it with the intention that this is your time, your space, your meditation.

So instead of checking our email, let’s check out a meditation app or go to the beach or play basketball for a few minutes each day. Literally, just 5 minutes a day of meditation can change our entire life and outlook, so why not? What do we have to lose?