2 years ago
GetFitwithAmy
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The Importance of Quieting Your Mind
We are an overstimulated group of people. There is always something trying to grab our attention: the phone, an advertisement, your kids, your friends, the radio, it's never ending! It has come to a point where we barely even notice all of the distractions and noise that is filling our heads every day. This is why devoting the smallest fraction of your day to meditation can change your life. Letting your mind have that quiet that it craves will bring you a mental peace that you didn't even realize existed. This is why I encourage you to take 5-8 minutes per day to quiet your mind of all the distraction and to let go of the thoughts and worries that clog you up. And remember, the goal of mindfulness isn’t to suppress thinking, but to surpass it. 1. Get in Position Take a deep breath in and out. Sit comfortably and relax your body as much as you can. You can be in a chair, on the floor, or even laying in bed. 2. Listen to Your Breath Close your eyes and find your breath. It could be in your abdomen, diaphragm, or under your nose. Start to focus your attention on your breathing and hold onto this point. 3. Detach from Thought The second you close your eyes, you'll be confronted with distracting thoughts that you can't control. Realize that this is normal and gently return to your breath. Continue this for eight minutes. To keep track of the time, you can use an app, such as Simply8 or Buddhify, or put on soft music and a timer.
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My mind goes a mile a minute the second I try to meditate so I really appreciate the "dont suppress thinking, but to surpass it" idea
2 years ago·Reply
I find that even taking a second to focus on my forehead and release the tension there makes a huge difference in my day. I try to check how tense I am every hour :)
2 years ago·Reply
There are a lot of great guided meditations on youtube as well
2 years ago·Reply
My roommate used Buddhify but she has much more success just listening to calming music and trying to clear her mind by herself :)
2 years ago·Reply
Thank you for the reminder to take a step back @flymetothemoon
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