April 2016 – Meditation Starter

The simple act of sitting down and turning your attention inward can do wonders for your body and mind.  This is meditation! There are countless scientific studies that have documented the positive affects of meditation: from calming the nervous system and lowering blood pressure and heart rate; to calming the mind and reducing stress and burnout.

If you don’t have an existing meditation practice, try simply sitting and focusing your attention on your breathing for five minutes a day, five days a week. At the end of 5 minutes, pick up a notebook and pen, and fill in the blanks following the following prompts: “I am… I feel… I think… I wish… I hear… I fear….”.

If you feel that you need a little guidance to meditate, go to the Resources page of my web site where you will find an audio recording of a 5 minute guided meditation following the iRest protocol.  Feel free to use this as often as you like.

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