Weekly Words of Wisdom: M is for MEDITATION – What image comes up when you hear the word “meditation”? Do you picture a thin yogi sitting in a pretzel shape, thumbs-to-index fingers with a blissed out facial expression? Or do you know that a meditation practice can look very different from that stereotypical image?

The key to meditation is to practice something that is soothing to your mind and body while remaining very present where you are. Meditation can be as simple a sitting still and following your inhalations and exhalations for a few minutes. Being truly in the moment with an activity you enjoy such as painting, drawing a mandala, playing a musical instrument, or taking a walk outside – anything that is so enjoyable to you that time flies whenever you do it – that can be your meditation!

Having a regular meditation practice can significantly improve the way we handle stress. By taking time to be mindful and still, we reduce the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Meditation boosts our immune system; relieves muscle tension; improves concentration and focus; reduces fatigue and irritability; and creates a sense of calm and well-being.

Do you already have a regular meditation practice? If not, I hope you’ll join me over the next 100 days. Take a little time out each day to refresh and regroup with a simple 5-minute meditation practice.

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