Innergize Day falls on the day after the Autumnal Equinox and is observed as an opportunity to relax and revitalize. One of the easiest ways to quiet all the extra “brain chatter” and reconnect with your inner self is meditation. If you’re ready to get “innergized,” here’s how to get started with meditation!
What Is Meditation?
Meditation is a mind/body practice that has been around since at least 5,000 BCE and is used to train your awareness and attention. Meditation is more of a skill than an activity, used to increase calmness and physical relaxation. Studies show that meditation can improve a person’s psychological balance by focusing and redirecting the interactions between the brain, mind, body, and behaviors. There are many approaches to meditation and different techniques, such as movement meditation, spiritual meditation, mantra meditation, transcendental meditation, focused meditation, and mindfulness meditation. Meditation doesn’t change you into a different person or turn off your thoughts and emotions. The practice simply refocuses your attention, to help you gain perspective.
What Are the Benefits of Meditation?
There are numerous studies that demonstrate that meditation can be used as a complementary and integrative approach to health care. Meditation isn’t a substitute for traditional health care, but it is shown to have a positive impact on conditions as varied as high blood pressure and pain management to IBS, ulcerative colitis, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Meditation has even helped smokers finally kick the habit for good!
What Do I Need to Start Meditating?
Meditation is one of the easiest skills to begin practicing, because all you really need to get started is yourself! In general, most meditative practice require just four elements:
- A quiet place with as few distractions as possible
- A comfortable position to practice
- An attention focus, such as a mantra, an object, a sound, or your own breath
- An open attitude that allows distractions to be acknowledged and then released
6 Meditation Live Streams to Check Out
Because getting started with meditation is like learning a new skill, practice is required – perfection is not! Learning new skills can be easier and less intimidating when you have someone who “knows the ropes” there to guide you on your path. Whether you’re observing National Innergize Day or you’re simply curious about the practice, here are 6 meditation live streams to help you quiet your mind:
Intro to Meditation with Grey Lowe, The Cocuun
This 30-minute class combines eclectic meditation, mantras, and yogic prana (breath) traditions and is perfect for beginners.
Breathing Meditation, Wisdom Yoga Wellness
This 30-minute meditation class focuses on different approaches to breath technique, to calm and relax your mind.
Monday Morning Sit: Simple and Easy Meditation with Anna Crane, Sattva Wisdom Center
Kick the Monday Blues to the curb with 30-minutes of gentle movement, easy meditative techniques, and discussion.
Calming Anxiety guided meditation with coach Andrea Wells, Fit & Nu™
Go on a journey to clarity of the mind with this 30-minute guided meditation incorporating affirmations and positive visualizations and leave your problems and anxieties behind.
Chakra Sound Bowl Meditation, Intuitive Massage and Wellness
Explore chakra healing and rebalancing through the use of crystal sound bowls in this 45-minute meditation session.
Friday Morning Meditations with Chantal Adams, Spiritdoodle Meditation
End the week on a positive note with this 30-minute morning meditation, which includes breathing techniques, a guided meditation using mantras, and focuses on the seven main energy centers of your body.
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