5 Steps to Starting a Meditation Habit
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Dr. D’Adamo has been suggesting daily meditation to his patients since he began practicing medicine. He knew that his patients that meditated on a regular, or semi-regular basis seemed healthier than his patients who didn’t. Now, a study out of Harvard Medical School discovered that practitioners of mediation and other relaxation methods had more active “disease fighting genes” than those who practiced no form of relaxation.
The scientists at Harvard found that genes that protect from disorders such as high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, infertility, and pain were switched on. Resulting in what researchers believe is a phenomenon just as powerful as any pharmaceutical…without the side effects.
Want to get started in daily meditation? We’ve got a few tips to get you started.
Set aside 10 minutes each morning when you wake up for meditation. Many people find early morning the ideal time to mediate – other people in the house may still be asleep, so it’s quiet, and you’re not yet in full start up motion, so it’s a little easier to settle your thoughts.
Some people prefer to chant a mantra when they meditate and others prefer simply to focus on an image that is relaxing to them. Consider imagining a beautiful waterfall – visualize the waterfall, hear the sound that it makes, smell the sweet water, feel the spray on your face. Imagine the waterfall washing away all the stress in your life, carrying it downstream, leaving you feeling light and relaxed.
Anyone and everyone can practice meditation. It can be done virtually anywhere, at any time, by people of any age. It can be especially beneficial for children to improve emotional intelligence and can increase their attention span. Practicing mindfulness daily is a great habit if you want to have better mental and emotional health and improve your quality of life.