Meditation for Stress Management
Although meditation for stress management has been well documented, along with the benefits, many people find it difficult to practice.
Traditionally an Eastern practice, many teachers of meditation insist on teaching a traditional approach. Such approaches are often cloaked in either Hindu or Bhuddist teachings. While such teachings might also be beneficial, they are not necessary or essential to learning a simple meditation practice.
In it's basic form, mediation simply involves focusing the attention of your mind in a way to become the observer (rather than the actor) of your thoughts.
1. Sit in a comfortable chair.
2. Close your eyes
3. Breathe in slowly, breathe out slowly. Long slow breaths without any effort.
4. As you breathe in say to yourself, "I breathe in", and as you breathe out say "I breathe out".
5. Repeat for 3 or more breaths.
6. Notice if your mind goes elsewhere between or during each breath. If it does, just notice that it does, and return to the breathing and the repeating of the two phrases.
7. Continue for 3 minutes.
That's it! A simple and uncluttered practice. Try it!
There are many ways to practice meditation. Read these articles for examples of how any non-meditator can learn meditation.