This is a very busy time of year for most people.  As you find yourself bouncing from place to place, event to event, party to party, work, and travel make sure you take some time to bring it back to the center.  Meditation is a fabulous way to do this.  Some people become overwhelmed when they think about Meditating.  Typically, the first response is ‘I don’t have enough time’.  The beauty about Mediation is that you really only need 5-10 minutes and even if you only have 2 minutes to spare, you will still help yourself.  The longer the practice the more profound the practice becomes but any little bit helps.  I find that Meditating in the morning is the best time for me.  This is the time before I get involved in my day and it sets my day up nicely.  I am able to think more clearly and deliberately when I Meditate in the morning.

Simple Meditation Techniques

Meditation does not have to be highly involved.  You can simply take a few moments, sit comfortably, and focus on your breathing.  A typical Mediation stance is one that allows the spine to be erect without leaning against something.  You can sit on a blanket or a towel and ensure that the sitting bones are rooting down firmly and evenly.  Next, you extend from the crown of the head and try to create space between the vertebrae.  I visualize my vertebrae as a strand of pearls, one pearl extended gently above the other, or one vertebra extended gently above the next.  You then either close your eyes fully or gently release your gaze toward the ground or a flickering candle.  If you are in a loud environment I recommend closing your eyes and visualizing your happy place.  For me this is under water.  With your sitting bones grounding, your spine elongating, the heart and head lifting, and your gaze set or eyes closed, you then simply breath.  Focus on the breath.  Take an inhale for three counts, a gentle pause, and an exhale for four counts.  Making your exhales slightly longer than your inhales will allow the residual oxygen to be pushed from your lungs. Do this for as long as you have and enjoy the calm, clear effects of Meditation.