We are all so busy, our lives spilling over with our "to do lists," family commitments, and work. There will always be something else to do or another distraction.
Start by committing to a daily meditation practice of at least five minutes, and you'll start to see positive changes in your life. Over time, each day's meditation adds up and equals more stress-free moments. Recent research suggests the benefits of meditation are numerous and can alleviate stress, anxiety, and lack of focus, plus offer increased creativity, better relationships, positivity, and longevity. It can even help you manifest more of what you want in your life.
That said, meditation has become a buzzword, and there's a lot of misconception about meditation. True, some meditation practices do ask you to be in a crossed legged position and for a certain amount of time twice a day, while some suggest a teacher guide you, but these are not required to experience meditation and its benefits.
Essentially, meditation is the practice of concentrating on a single point of focus. An easy first step is to sit comfortably, with your spine tall and your hands on your knees. Focus on your breath or on a word or phrase known as a mantra -- use something that speaks to you, such as peace, love, or compassion.
Don't expect to clear your mind completely. See any distracting thoughts, acknowledge them, and don't judge them. Just let them float away as you continue to focus on the present moment by bringing your attention back to your breath or mantra. Then, start to set a positive intention, such as: I will be patient with my self and other's today.
Over time, meditation has reduced stress and anxiety in my own life. I have more compassion for myself as well as others, which is one of the reasons I was inspired to become a meditation teacher and share what I've learned.
Meditation is best practiced first thing in the morning, but can benefit you anytime you need it. As long as you are able to safely close your eyes and be still, you can meditate anywhere. Work up to 10, 15 20 minutes from that initial five minutes. If you're stressed out and on the way to work, or an important meeting, that's a perfect time to practice (as long as you aren't the one driving). You'll arrive ready to face any challenge - focused and energized. It all adds up!