When I saw the Getting Happy subject for latest BlogHer Life Well Lived panel I was excited. It’s an area I’ve focused on recently and happily have made progressed. Then I scrolled down and read the question:
What are your favorite relaxation techniques? And what benefits do you see from practicing them?
Now, that’s a totally different matter. I jumped over to BlogHer to read the expert post from Dr. Aymee on Simple and Quick Meditation and Relaxation Techniques … it starts with a question about how to fit relaxation into a busy schedule when you’re the type of person who needs to stay constantly busy.
Yikes … that’s me. I could have written that question. Yes, I do take time out to do things for myself like socialize with friends and exercise but do I ever stop and do nothing? No. I thought maybe I should reply to BlogHer and excuse myself from this question but then I thought maybe this question came to me for a reason. Maybe this is a sign, a message that I should be making this a priority.
Dr. Aymee writes that relaxation and meditation can help guide you to “boundless gratitude, unconditional acceptance ….” It need only take a few minutes each day. The first step is to find a meditation song you love. I’ve got mine. It’s Benedictus from The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins:
This music moves my soul in a very peaceful and calming way – the melodies somehow resonate deep inside me and I think it’ll be perfect for this practice.
Dr. Aymee then says to lie down on the floor and while listening to your song release your thoughts. Of course, having your song is the easy part … now I actually have to do it. To start with I’m going to commit to doing this just once a day, and I know it’ll work best if I build it into my daily routine so I’m going to aim for midday when I get home from my job and before I start on my writing.
Do you have a meditation and relaxation practice? What works for you? How does it benefit you? Is it worth the investment of time?
I encourage you to read Dr. Amyee’s post in full post on Simple and Quick Meditation and Relaxation Techniques and don’t forget to enter the Life Well Lived Sweepstakes.