Meditation is the practice in which you train your mind to calm and promote relaxation. There are different types of meditation and it is important that you find one that works for you. One type of meditation is mindfulness meditation which is a unique form of meditation. It is unique because it is not about getting you to be different from how you already are but instead will help you become aware moment by moment what is already true. It helps you to be in the present with whatever is happening no matter what it is. Simply put it is a type of meditation that involves focusing your mind on the present, not the past or the future. Being mindful means to be aware of your actions and thoughts now and not judge yourself. According to research that has been done mindfulness meditation can help to decrease stress, boost your immune system, and improve your mood.

Mindfulness meditation should be done at home where you can find a comfortable, quiet, and uninterrupted space such as your bedroom. You will need to sit on the floor or in a chair with your neck, back, and head straight but make sure that you are not doing it stiffly. While sitting empty your mind of all thoughts of the past and future and stay in the present instead.

You should also start to become aware of your breathing making sure you are focusing on the sensation of the air as it moves in and out of your body as you are breathing. As the air enters your nose feel your belly rise and fall but not your chest. Breathe out through your mouth. As you are doing your deep breathing exercises notice how each breath changes and becomes different.

Start to watch every thought that is coming and going no matter if it is fear, hope, worry, or anxiety. When they come into your mind do not suppress or ignore them but simply make notes of them in your mind. Remain calm and use your breathing exercises as an anchor. If you start to find yourself getting carried away in your thoughts see where your mind traveled to without judging yourself and then return to your breathing exercises. How long you do mindfulness meditation is up to the individual but you should try to do it at least for fifteen minutes or more daily. When you are getting close to ending your meditation session sit still for a few minutes as you become aware of where you are and then gradually get up.

In the area of the room you are using for meditation you can light aromatherapy candles or incense but make sure that what you are using have soft relaxing scents. If you are sitting on the floor to do your mindfulness meditation it is okay for you to use a cushion or pillow to make it easier to sit. You also want to make sure that the chair you use enables you to put your feet on the floor.

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This article is penned by Mohit Jain for Exisle Empowerment. Exisle Empowerment is a general self help tool blog on topics related to anxiety and happiness, goal setting, motivation and managing stress.

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