Perhaps you have a big test coming up and you are feeling nervous. These days, it is pass or perish, so you know you have got to do well. The pressure is on, so you may be losing sleep and the ability to concentrrtte. How can you deal with the stress, study effectively, and take the test with confidence? Maybe you should try medltation.
When people think about meditation, many picture old men sitting cross-legged on remote mountaintops. People describing meditation frequently mention elements such as gurus, relaxation, and "tlunking about nothing".
It is not necessary to travel to a mountaintop to enjoy the benefits of meditation because it is actually more about awareness than just relaxation.The secret to meditation is breatlung.
To start meditating, find a place where you can sit or stand comfortably for a little while and concentrate. Close your eyes and start taking slow breaths. Focus on the air moving in and out ofyour body. If your mind starts to wander and you begin to think about something else, refocus your attention on your breathing.
Meditation has little to do with escaping problem or thinking about notlung... lnstead, the breathing techniques help you calm down and think more clearly about your feelings. The issues on your mind unfold clearly, as ifthey were in slow motion.
This clarity is called "mindfulness". Being mindful means that you are aware of what you are thinking without becoming caught up in your thoughts. It takes practice, but with time, that big test will not scare you any more. You will realize through meditation that fear is just a product of not being mindful.