Inhale the future, exhale the past. Somewhere between the two, is now, the present moment. Focus your attention on your breath as it enters and exits the body to help you stay present, experience life in real time. Being able to gain, and maintain focus, without drifting forward or backward in our minds, has many benefits. Try these five breathing techniques to calm the mind, center, and draw your attention in.
Body scanning is a meditative technique that lets the mind wander, searching the body, looking for areas that are holding tension. If you regularly scan your body, over time, it can reveal patterns in where, and how, you hold onto stress.
Relaxation is an important part of self-care. We all experience stress, and need to incorporate techniques to counter its impact on our bodies into our daily routines.
Our body is typically reacting to stress long before we're consciously aware of it. As we become more adept at observing ourselves, we cultivate our ability to identify the early signs of stress. Regular meditation increases our awareness of both physical sensations, and the ways that our mind and body interact.
Yoga isn't, as sometimes perceived, "just an hour of stretching". It builds strength, improves posture, aids in digestion, and yes, it will improve your range of motion. But that's listing just a handful of the numerous physical benefits...
The mind can become more calm and still without being void of thoughts. In fact, there are many meditation techniques that involve focusing on specific thoughts, or noting thoughts but not getting tangled up in them.