Bruce DeTorres
Functional Medicine

Meditation–Torture Or Help For The Holidays?

If you are the type of person that considers sitting still and doing nothing for any length of time a form of torture…this post is for you. Maybe you have tried meditation and “failed” or maybe you have contemplated trying it and thought, “that sounds horrible, meditation is just not for me.” I am here to tell you I feel your pain! But the thing is, if meditation is difficult for you then you are exactly the type of person who would benefit most from meditating on the regular.

I am fairly new to meditation. I read a great e-book on Mindfulness Meditation last year and attempted to meditate as instructed, and got really frustrated. Don’t get me wrong, the book was great! Mindfulness meditation may be great for some, but it is just not for me. I am already very goal and task oriented and the guided “focus on your feet, focus on your arms, relax your torso” meditations that I listened to seemed more like work than relaxation.

(Not to mention my extreme aversion to being told what to do—say “focus on your feet” and my immediate reaction is to think, “don’t tell me how to live my life!”)

More recently, I have been listening to lots of health and wellness podcasts. They are by industry experts who seem to be living their best life, and of them names meditation as one of the most powerful things they do to improve their own health on a daily basis. Booo!

After the fourth or fifth person said “meditation” when asked what makes a big difference in their life, I resigned myself to the fact that I may need to take another stab at it.

Fortunately, one of the podcasts I listened to was Dr. Mark Hyman interviewing Emily Fletcher, creator of the Ziva method of meditation and author of the soon to be released book, “Stress Less, Accomplish More.”

I am a working mom who is also going to college. As much as I think Emily’s method sounds amazing, I would never be able to pay the $399 to learn her technique, although I am sure it is worth every penny! But I have pre-ordered a copy of her new book on Amazon, which I am super excited about! And I have been learning as much as I can about Vedic Meditation and Mantra Meditation, which is what her method is based on.

In these styles of meditation, rather than focusing your energy you repeat a mantra to yourself over and over while just closing your eyes and zenning out.

One of the things I love about this form of meditation is that the mantra you choose can be whatever–a positive affirmation, a certain prayer that you like, anything that brings you peace.

I have been practicing this for about 5-10 minutes per night for a couple of weeks now, and I have to say I have begun to notice a difference. As in, I am calmer throughout the day and it is helping with my anxiety. I have also noticed that I am more likely to be present and enjoy the moments that I am in. Big changes for such a small investment of time in my opinion!

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