If you lead a hectic lifestyle a few minutes meditation can help you unwind, bring you back into balance and even give you inner peace.

Meditating for a few minutes each day can have a tremendous benefit in easing your stress and improving your overall health.

If possible try and meditate at the same time each day for it will enable you to remember to do it and form a pattern.

Now there are many different kinds of meditation however, I practice a very simple form for approximately 5 – 10 minutes each day.

It is important to choose a quiet and peaceful environment whether it is indoors or outside perhaps in your garden or park area.

If indoors, you need to cut down on the distractions so turn off the Radio, TV and telephone.

Put a ‘Do Not Disturb’ notice on the door.

Other family members present should be told that you need some ‘ME’ time to relax and chill out.

If playing some soothing music is an option to help you meditate, then play it softly in the background.

I also burn some incense, a candle and turn on my small water feature as the sound of running water is very soothing and relaxing.

Be aware that there might be some outside noise like traffic in the street especially if you live in an urban environment however, this should not interfere with your meditation.

Make sure that you are sitting in a suitably calm area which could be indoors or even outside in a pleasant area.

I usually do a few stretching exercises and settle down in a nice comfy chair.  You can of course choose your own method of how you sit, for example you may prefer to sit cross legged on the floor perhaps in a lotus position or whichever way is more comfortable for you.  It is however important that your back is straight.

Now I prefer to close my eyes however, if you wish you can have them open and concentrate on maybe a particular spot in the room.

If unwanted thoughts come into your mind just let them drift away.

Take some deep breaths and focus on your breathing for a minute or two.  If it helps you can breathe in for the counts of 1 & 2 and out for 3 & 4.

At this stage you can utter a mantra that you like (I use Ohmm) and have my hands turned upwards in my lap.

Now visualise a peaceful and tranquil place i.e. a quiet woodland setting or somewhere else you are familiar with and keep this as your own private chosen safe place where you can visit at any time you feel stressed.

Try and see everything in this ‘magical place’ i.e. the trees, paths maybe a little stream, birds, blue sky, woodland flowers etc.

Finish by slowly noticing your surroundings and having another big stretch.

Sit quietly for a few minutes feeling calm and refreshed.

Finally, I always end by sending some loving and healing energy to everyone on my healing list and around the world.

Namaste, love, & light,

Diana

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