Friday, March 15, 2013

Benefits of Mindfulness Mediation

Benefits of Mindful Meditation

Other benefits of mindfulness meditation  include increased productivity, creativity, efficiency, energy, and self-esteem, she adds.
Whether you plan follow along with Oprah and Deepak or continue to work on your own private practice, here are three mind-clearing ways to help you find a little zen in your busy day.

1. Become a human pedometer: Having trouble sitting still? Try meditating while walking or running, suggests Michelle Barge a yoga and meditation teacher based in New York City. “Count each step and see if you can get to 1,000 without losing track,” she says. If your mind starts to wander (a good thing!), no biggie, just start over. Focusing on the number lets thoughts ebb and flow effortlessly, which helps your brain achieve restful alertness.

2. Make lunch your biggest meal: “Poor digestion is a big culprit when it comes to a dull mind,” says Heather Hartnett, a spokesperson for the David Lynch Foundation  in Manhattan. The eight-year-old nonprofit founded by the famous "Twin Peaks" director teaches transcendental meditation to all walks of life worldwide, including troubled students, veterans, homeless, and prisoners. “Eat your main meal at noon when digestion is most effective,” Hartnett says.  New research from Bringham and County Hospital confirms it: Dieters who ate the bulk of their daily  calories after 3 p.m. felt sluggish for the remainder of the 20-week study.

3. Find bliss in daily chores: Dread washing dishes? Turn small, annoying, unavoidable household tasks into an instant time-out from your day, where you can tap into your inner peace and quietness and thankfulness, Barge says. While you rinse off each dish, consider how grateful you are for the food you just ate, the family (or friends) you just shared the meal with, the home you live in. Need help getting in the zone? Light a special meditation candle (a calming sent like lavender is great) while you clean. The ritual of the familiar scent will help put you in that blissful mindset.

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