Meditation is a way to release, relax and unwind your mind. Meditation helps clear your thoughts so that your mind can navigate through difficult days, people, stressors and situations.

Incorporate these six steps to ensure you are getting the most out of your meditation practice!

1) Prepare
· Select a quiet, controlled environment
· Wear comfortable clothing
· Choose a comfortable place to sit
· Make sure that you have no external distractions

2) Mindful Breathing
To reach a meditative state, it is vital to learn to breathe mindfully and deeply.
· Breathe slowly
· Breathe deeply
· Breathe consciously
· Listen to your breath

3) Identify Sounds and Noises
Sounds are the things we hear that contribute to our well-being while noises are the things we hear that drain our energy, including negative self-talk.
· Become aware of the sounds and noises around you
· Learn to filter sound and noise
· Integrate peaceful, calming and soothing sounds that bring joy and happiness

4) Clear Your Mind
This is the hardest step when learning to meditate as our brains are constantly on and working.
· Close your eyes
· Imagine a color
· Focus on the color
· Connect to the color

5) Create a Habit
By meditating regularly, you will begin to feel a difference in your physical body and emotional being. Your battery will recharge, your reserves will fill, and your spirit will ignite to change your mind-set, your outlook, your perspective and your life.
· Begin - When you begin your meditation practice, it will take you some time to learn to reach a meditative state.
· Practice - It takes a while to learn; there is no right or wrong way, only your way.
· Refine - Adjust as needed during the timing phase and learn when is the best time for you to meditate.

6) Return to the Present
· Open your eyes
· Look at your feet
· Feel your body
· Take three deep breaths
As you come out of your mediation, it is vital to return to the present to become centered in your body as soon as possible. This is called being grounded. Being grounded means you are fully aware of yourself and your surroundings. balance.

I wish you the best as you discover a meditation practice that works for you. It will increase your awareness and experience of life as well as decreasing stress and anxiety!

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Amy Jones is a personal growth visionary, international speaker and author who lives and breathes one simple philosophy: live in the moment.

For over two decades, she has inspired thousands of people; intent on helping facilitate their personal growth and self-healing process by creating opportunities for significant and lasting life changes. She is a self-taught space-planning and organizing expert who, from personal and professional experience, provides a 360-degree perspective to produce clarity, structure and achievable results.

Amy is a highly sought-after speaker and her series Getting Rid of Possessions: It’s Harder Than You Think has the highest attendance in the history of the Generations program at Methodist Health Systems. She is the author of Better for Being Broken and co-author of Break Through with Johnny Wimbrey, Nik Halik and Les Brown.

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