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What happens when we practice meditation

March 5, 2016    

Meditation 1Meditation. For some women (and I do mean some — According to the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health, only 8 percent of adults in the US practice meditation on a regular basis!), it’s the glue that keeps us together throughout the day. It comes in all shapes and forms; some of us consider meditation a quiet few moments in bed or a silent prayer. However, you choose to define meditation is up to you.

And if you’re not practicing it yet, what are you waiting on?

We all need a charge or re-charge. We make sure our vehicles are filled with gas before we keep driving, right? But what about the driver?! Put yourself in park for a few minutes before you continue your day — and our celebration of Women’s History Month here on the blog! — and get into some meditation.

When women practice meditation, here is what can happen:

We fight stress. Stress is the cause of many hidden health dangers. We do not suddenly become stricken with anything! For put on your boxing gloves (or roll out your yoga mat) and get to deep breathing. Who knows? You can even sneak some breathing techniques into lunch breaks or those periods between all-day meetings, while everyone else is eating.

We let our minds think whatever the heck it wants to! By meditating we let the brain go here, there, everywhere or nowhere. Don’t fight it, let the mind do its thing without forceful thinking like you would do in school or at work. And from a spiritual aspect, God is able to speak to you without having to compete with your boss, your baby and (especially) your boo. Love can be so demanding at times!

We energize. Some may feel that meditating with eyes closed and total silence is code for napping. But you are very much awake, and “woke” (get it?). Meditation is like a reset button. What happens when you hit a reset button? You get power! So turn on with inhaling and exhaling. Naps are for turning down only.

When women practice meditation, we take control of ourselves and leave the day-to-day operations at the proverbial door. Oh, we cannot leave those daily routines at the door forever, this I know. But, we can return to them with a stronger mind, body, and soul. What does your meditation practice consist of? Let us know in the comments.

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