Living in such a hectic world can take its toll on your body, mind, and spirit – but the practice of meditation can help you to focus, have a clear mind, and stay centered. Meditation is a practice of learning to train your mind. There are many purposes and techniques.
What all of the techniques have in common is that they work for some benefit in your life. Meditation can help you reduce the effects of stress on your body and mind. It can help you develop a clear mission and purpose for your life. It can help you connect to a higher power.
If you’ve never meditated before, it can be hard to imagine how to get started. There’s a wide range of meditation techniques. Some are simple, while others require a great deal of discipline and training. In the end, though, there’s really no wrong way to do it.
As you consider beginning the practice of meditation, there are factors to consider.

Benefits of Meditation

While there can be obvious spiritual benefits of meditation, there are many benefits that may not be so obvious for adopting this practice. Take a look at some of the benefits you may receive from adding this simple practice to your life.
· Lowers your heart rate
· Lowers your blood pressure
· Increases your ability to sleep through the night and wake feeling rested
· Relieves tension headaches
· Prevents migraine headaches
· Can help with hormonal balance and achieving an appropriate weight
· Reduces anxiety
· Alleviates depression
· Reduces muscle tension and relieves muscle pain
· Adds greater feeling of peace
Meditation can provide many physical and spiritual benefits when you add it to your life. It helps to take small steps in the beginning and to increase the amount of meditation and your goals for meditation as you become more experienced.

Getting Started

In the next couple of days I am going to list specific steps I took to get started in meditation.  As someone who has a very hard time controlling my thoughts and resting my mind, meditation practice has been a very welcome addition to my daily routine!
Do you meditate?  How did you get started and has it helped with your life?  Let me know in the comments below!