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Meditate Through the Madness: How this Simple, Ancient Practice Can Help

Meditation has been around for thousands of years. Live & Dare explains that the earliest documented practices date back to India at around 5,000 to 3,500 BCE. There is a lot of wisdom in the use of meditation, and science has found dozens of positive health implications in people who meditate. As we face the challenges of the global pandemic, meditation is a simple way to care for our minds and bodies. If you’re new to meditation, Mindfoodness Herbal Tea invites you to dig deeper into how this peaceful practice can impact you mentally and physically, and how to build a routine into your daily life.


Health Impacts of Meditation

People who meditate experience a range of health benefits, both physically and mentally. Meditation is such a powerful tool it even impacts the way genes are expressed. The genetic expression of inflammation is lower in people who meditate. Studies have also discovered lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in saliva samples, compared to people who do not meditate. Augmenting meditation with healthy herbal teas and wellness tea blends like those from Mindfoodness can further increase these benefits.


Additional studies have shown that Mindful Based Stress Reduction techniques such as meditation offer decreased rates of depression commensurate with antidepressant medication.

There are hundreds of good reasons to meditate. However, in spite of the benefits that accompany meditation, some people may feel hesitant or wonder how to get started.


Preparing to Meditate

Preparation for meditating can be as simple or complex as needed. Often when stress is the highest, keeping it simple is the best option. The most basic step in preparing to meditate is to find a quiet spot to sit. Whether you use a pillow designed for meditation, sit on the floor or in a chair, finding a comfortable seating arrangement will help you to stay in tune with your mind during meditation. And last but certainly not least, invest in some comfortable clothing, which can help you stay focused on your meditation.


Expert meditation instructor Rita Trieger suggests that posture and position do matter for optimal results in meditation. She explains that the way people sit while meditating can impact breathing and the ability to tune into one’s own consciousness. Experiment with positions and try to find one that is comfortable enough to sustain during your meditation time and that can offer your lungs full expansion for deep breathing.


If you are interested in a bit more prep work, you can create your own meditation area and include things like candles, meditation bowls or blankets. Keep in mind that meditation encourages calm and focus on the moment, so a soothing atmosphere can help you reach this state of mind.


Choose colors and textures for your meditation area that offer you a sense of calm and simplicity. PsycholoGenie points out that shades of blue and green are known for calm and tranquility. Soft and smooth textures that invoke calm and relaxation can also be useful additions to your meditation area. Our earliest memories are formed from texture and color, and we can soothe our minds and bodies with textures and shades that bring feelings of peace.


Some of your meditation practices may include using your senses and objects around you to create focus and concentration. Try to include items in your meditation space that are natural and offer elements of the outdoors to stimulate connection to the natural world. Also consider letting in fresh air and plenty of sunlight to offer a cleansing, refreshing atmosphere. This will necessitate having clean windows, so research window cleaners in your area by using Angi.com, which provides customer reviews and direct contact information. Expert window cleaners worth their salt will come with professional cleaning supplies, as well as being able to get to those hard-to-reach places to clean the toughest blemishes.


Turning your home into a vibrant, peaceful space will not only relieve tension, but it will help you stay focused on your meditation practice and health goals. Part of this shift within your home takes place by creating a clean and decluttered atmosphere. An organized home helps us feel less distracted and overwhelmed and keeps our living space safe. The mental and emotional clarity that is experienced with a decluttered home can help you sustain your meditation routine and offer lasting results.


Tending to your physical and emotional wellness is vital for greater quality of life. During COVID-19 when stress is at an all-time high, healthy practices like decluttering your home and practicing meditation are easy ways to commit to your own wellness. These simple steps will reward you with greater mental clarity and a sense of calm.


Author: Amy Collett

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