Meditation Madness - What's With All The Hype?!

I was once a newbie too so I hope that this information empowers you to branch out and learn a VERY valuable tool in your arsenal to overall transformation and better health, naturally, holistically and's meditation!!!

Meditation has become much more popular over the last decade for good reason, it has been overwhelmingly researched and proven to have positive effects on our bodies, minds and overall sense of well- being. The best part about meditation is it doesn't take a ton of time, you can really do it anywhere, it's natural/organic/holistic and totally free! (that's the Dutch in me speaking ;)

So what's all the hype about? What are the actual benefits of meditating? This is pretty awesome stuff to say the least, fMRI's and EEG's which are types of scans show that meditation practice over a prolonged period of time actually affects the grey matter volume in the brain and reduces the "Me" centers enhancing connectivity between brain regions...What? Meditation actually preserves our brains, no joke! Check out these case studies for the proof:

Meditation relieves anxiety and depression, improves attention, concentration and overall well-being. So what exactly is meditation? According to Wikipedia: Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. I prefer an easier idea, Meditation is in the moment, it is awareness, attention, compassion and consistent. Meditation allows you the ability to stop, center, focus re-frame and hit the pause button when we are constantly on play. Meditation allows us to treat medical issues in an all natural, healthy way, it allows you the opportunity to dramatically transform and change your personal perspectives on life, yourself, others and the world around you. The practice of meditating is simple, it has life changing effects, benefits the brain and brings about balance/clarity if done on a daily basis. I wish I would have learned about and started consistently meditating years ago but I do now and I can attest to it's benefits first hand, it's never too late to start something new and here's how you can begin today:

The steps to meditation are straightforward and anyone can do it, it will not be easy at first as it is not something that your mind and body are used to doing but like all new habits, it becomes second nature the more you practice. I promise, the practice of meditation is an easy and enjoyable experience. Try the steps below to start the transformation to becoming your BEST self today naturally, holistically, organically!

# 1 - Find a quiet, comfortable space that makes you happy, calm, relaxed and peaceful (I call this the zen zone ;)

#2 - Create a comfortable position for your body, mudras (hands) and close your eyes

#3 - Focus on your breathing, slow and full breaths in and out. You can place your hands over your heart (instead of doing the mudras above) when starting out, feel the breaths entering and

leaving your heart, known as HAB meditation

#4 - Let your thoughts wander in and out of your mind, try not to focus on any one thought while meditating, in this moment, nothing else is a priority

#5 - Just be still, be in your zen zone, be in the moment, absorb the energy around you and within you (positive vibes only please)

#6 - Meditate a minimum of 5 minutes (it will seem like forever at first) and work your way up to 15-20 minutes when you are able to control your thoughts, body and breath

#7 - Be persistent: keep practicing, try to meditate daily even if you can only get 5 minutes in. Meditation is a practice, it takes time to learn new skills.

#8 - Embrace the new YOU that evolves and emanates inwardly and outwardly, you won't regret it!!!

Remember, there is no right or wrong way to meditate so do not stress over this, there is only awareness or non-awareness. Focus on your breath during the process and this will help you to hone into your "Awareness". With practice, the periods between your mind racing and relaxing will get longer and longer and the awareness will come with very little effort. If your mind wanders or gets distracted, go back to your breath and continue to focus on this. You can also try using a mantra (a prayer, chant, word, phrase that speaks to you and your connection to God, self, others and the world around you). Internal chants help us to reach a higher level of consciousness while meditating and brings us into a higher stage of self awareness, acceptance, love, peace, and calmness.

One of my favorite mantras to try (Keep repeating till you memorize it ;)

God is good, His presence surrounds me in this moment and in this place. I feel His light, love, goodness and grace. I am one with my Father and He is one with me.

I am capable of all things through Him. I am grateful for the gift of me. I am grateful for the gift of others and I am grateful for the world in which I live.

Strong.Holistic.Empowered - SHE Warrior Woman,

Stacy Grace


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