Top 3 Places to Meditate

Meditation is an increasingly popular practice that can positively impact your life. It has been shown to reduce feelings of anxiety and increase concentration, among other effects. Even if you are committed to trying it, it can be difficult to find a peaceful place to do it. Check out the following tips for where to begin your mindfulness exercise.

1. At Work

It may seem backwards, but meditating at work can actually help counteract the stress that is so commonly brought on there. All you need is a quiet spot with some privacy and 10-15 minutes. Many offices allow you to book call and conference rooms, so you could even set a recurring “meeting” for yourself to go meditate. Making this “appointment” at the beginning of your workday would not only give you a peaceful and productive start, but it would also have very little chance of interfering with the schedule of anyone else in the office who may need a room booked. Try it, and you may be surprised at how much you like meditating at work.

2. Surrounded by Nature

Unlike the first suggestion, this would be more of a one-off meditation experience rather than a regular spot. There are a million and one places to go outside to find a moment of peace — it can be as simple as your backyard or as breathtaking as a mountain top. One experience that everyone should have is meditating during or right before a sunrise. Luckily the United States is geographically diverse, so there are plenty of amazing spots to watch a sunrise even just along the East Coast.

3. At Home

This location wouldn’t surprise you, but it’s a classic for a reason. You know your home and (hopefully) see it as a comfortable place to unwind away from work. Plus, you can wear whatever you’d like! One trick to make your routine more immersive is to darken your room with blackout shades.

However and wherever you meditate, the most important part is making it work for you. After all, point of the experience is to make it as effective for you as possible. So take the above tips and figure out where your mindfulness happy-place is. You’ll be delighted when you do.

3 Ways to Keep Your Body and Spirit Healthy This Spring

Warmer weather looks to be finally here to stay. In addition to spring cleaning around the home, it’s important to look at yourself and both your physical and mental aspects. Your body and your mind are the two most important things to keep clean and working properly. If one of them is out of balance, it can easily throw off the other. Here are some tips to help keep a clean and clear body and spirit.

Take Time to Meditate

Meditation is an age old practice that is finally being to be accepted in the mainstream. For most of us, we’ve known for a long time that meditation has numerous health benefits and is an important part of a day or week. It lowers stress and lets your mind put things in order. Mainstream science is finally starting to realize the benefits too. Studies have shown that patients with fibromyalgia who meditate have shown improvement. Other studies point to an improved immune system and increased energy levels.

Find the right spot is one of the most important steps when you want to try meditating. How can you reflect inwards if everything on the outside is loud and distracting? I’ve found that my backyard space is a wonderful place. It’s cozy and quiet (I don’t have neighbors right on top of me). If it’s a hot day, I’ve got amazing retractable awnings to help keep me cool. Find your quiet space, the one that works best for you.

Watch What You Eat

Eating right is not only a way to lose weight, but it is a way to make your whole body feel better. An easy way to improve your diet is to simply be more mindful of the foods you are eating. We all have our indulgences, but when the average calorie count of a single Arby’s menu item is over 500 calories and you’re making regular visits to the fast food restaurant, you may be indulging too much. So think about what you eat and how many fats, sugars, and carbs you are consuming. Consider cutting out soda and sugary drinks. Try to keep away from fast food. Eat more raw and organic foods. You’ll start seeing your body change and notice increased energy levels. You’ll soon find that your mind won’t be clouded from all the synthetic chemicals and additives.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Everyone has a different level of comfort for new places and new faces. But on the whole, our comfort zone is something that we’ve constructed around ourselves. In a sense, it can be a fear of challenging ourselves because we risk failing. Being able to look beyond that and get out of our comfort zone has a number of health benefits for your mental state. It allows you to grow as a person by trying new things. Those experiences will become a part of who you are. It also allows you to deal with change easier. There will always be change or transitions in life and being able to embrace those changes makes the process easier.

There are so many ways to get your mind and your body healthy. But, it’s important to remember that there are just as many ways to be unhealthy. By having either your mind or your body out of sync, it can throw off your entire balance. Both body and spirit need to be healthy to work as one. These are some easy tips to either get healthy or to maintain your balance.