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Meditation is Good for You

on September 23, 2022

Meditation has been used for thousands of years to calm the mind and body and to achieve a greater sense of well-being. Researchers who have studied its effects on people with high blood pressure report that meditation reduces oxygen consumption, respiration and heart rates, and blood pressure.

There are many forms of meditation with varying goals. The simplest to practice is mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness means being fully aware of the present moment. It means being completely focused on the task at hand, without any thought about the future or past. This may sound simple, but try it! You will soon discover that your mind is full of “monkey chatter!”

Sit erect with your legs crossed in a comfortable position and your hands on your knees or lying in your lap. Support yourself with pillows, if necessary, or lie down flat with your legs hip-width apart and your arms at your sides with the palms of your hands facing upward.

Close your eyes. Remain quiet for a few moments, relaxing your whole body, and listen to the sounds around you. Gradually focus your attention on your breathing. In-out. In-out. Breathe naturally in-out. In-out.

As you breathe in, allow your abdomen to expand, forcing the air to the bottom of your lungs. As you breathe out, pull your abdomen in, forcing the air to empty completely from your lungs. Stay focused on breathing, and gradually allow your breathing to become slower and longer.

Notice the pause between breaths. Notice the silence. Feel the peace.

It is normal for thoughts to come into your head and distract you. As soon as you realize this is happening, return your attention to your breathing.

Practice this simple meditation for at least fifteen minutes. Then lie quietly for a few minutes. Get up and reward yourself with a hot cup of herbal tea such as chamomile or kava kava. Over time, your meditation practice will naturally become longer.

~

Personal note – I’ve been off WordPress the last few days because I strained my back. I’ve been resting it as much as possible and dosing up with ibuprofen and muscle relaxers. I’m doing better. The autumn equinox was yesterday, and boy, did it feel like autumn!

~

The autumn equinox

brought the first morning dew

sparkling in the sun

like tiny crystals

welcoming a new day

~

Dawn Pisturino, RN

February 6, 2007; September 23, 2022

Published in The Kingman Daily Miner, March 13, 2007.

Copyright 2007-2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.

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39 responses to “Meditation is Good for You

  1. thanks for the advice. i need to do this more.

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  2. spwilcen says:

    Hope your back problems ease so you can carve punkins without issue.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Phil says:

    Yes, meditation is certainly good, and so too your poetry in welcoming autumn! I hope that your back feels better as soon as possible. Have a great day, dear Dawn πŸ€—

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  4. Jessica says:

    I like the breath work that comes with meditation. Hope your back heals quickly.

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  5. utahan15 says:

    calm for the mind to yourself always be kind.

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  6. Neal Saye says:

    Great post, Dawn. I cannot imagine my life now without my meditation practice.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. KK says:

    Yes, I agree with you, Dawn!

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  8. WebbBlogs says:

    I love reading about ways to meditate. Thank you 😊

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Jeff Flesch says:

    Wonderful post, and poem. I started meditating about 4 years ago, and it has been transformational in my life. I hope you back continues to heal steadily!

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  10. Michele Lee says:

    Sorry to read about your back. Glad you are feeling better. Great post! My morning meditations are grounding for me. πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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  11. It’s all about the breath, the life force. Great advice and informative. Cheers Dawn.

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  13. Kirsten says:

    Meditation is extremely powerful, I do it myself daily. Love the poem as well. Autumn is a beautiful time of the year.
    I wish you a speedy and full recovery, Dawn! 😊

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  14. Belladonna says:

    Firstly I hope your back gets better.
    I love meditation, used start my day with it and must get back to it. Thank you for the reminder.

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  15. balladeer says:

    Hope you are feeling better!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. horse237 says:

    You read one of my posts on politics and liked it. I saw this article on meditation and liked it. I have a spiritual blog here: https://youarereality.wordpress.com/

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  17. Enjoyed this post, Dawn. I wrote on the same subject this past week. 🌞

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  18. Lovely post Dawn. Meditation is the most powerful tool ever known to man. Looks simple but is the hardest to attain. Thank you

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  19. Sharon says:

    Great tips regrading blood pressure. You provided the best information which helps us a lot. Thanks for sharing the wonderful information.

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