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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Meditation Tips for the Easily Distracted
Odds are good that you’re one of the 90.6 percent of Americans that have not meditated in the past 12 months. Despite its many proven benefits, meditation is easy to brush off — who really wants to spend time om-ing when they could betackling a to-do list? Plus, focusing on your innermost feelings can be scary: Onerecent study found that when given the choice, people preferred getting a mild electric shock to being alone with their thoughts. (Yikes.)
It’s time to set the record straight. Meditation and quiet contemplation might be difficult in the beginning, but it’s worth mastering — especially if you have a packed schedule and zero patience. “With the current pace of life, there is no question that the mind is experiencing a new and potentially harmful degree of pressure,” says Andy Puddicombe, the founder of Headspace, an online meditation resource. “Most people assume that this stress is simply part of life, but it really doesn’t have to be that way.”
In recent years, mindfulness meditation, which is derived from Buddhist Vipassana techniques, has exploded in popularity. This practice centers around focusing on in-the-moment emotions, thoughts and sensations. The goal? To be able to observe whatever you’re feeling without judgment — and truly pay attention to and accept the here and now. (MORE)