With the new-year rush in full swing if you have a few moments to spare you might like to try recomposing yourself with some simple meditation hacks. I found a couple of easy-to-follow techniques online.
The first involves mindful breathing. The many benefits of deep breathing include a reduction in stress and blood pressure, strengthening of abdominal and intestinal muscles and relief of general body aches and pains. The better blood flow also releases toxins and helps you sleep better. Simply focus the attention on the breath as you inhale and exhale and then lengthen the process.
There is a three-part series of videos by Gabriel Geer that tell you exactly when to inhale and exhale as you listen to calming music. The first video begins with slow breathing and gradually the breath is lengthened up to level three where a breath takes a whole minute. The exercise is also claimed to strengthen the mind, since as the breath is lengthened the discomfort is increased and one must exercise the full power of the will over the desire to breathe. For level one and two go here and here.
The third-level method is a great way to introduce your mind to the art of creative visualization. It is called the Thousand Petalled Lotus Meditation and is again by Gabriel Geer.
“Choose a concept as the center of the lotus—a lotus of thought. Hold your image in mind and then let each idea that flows naturally in from the mind be compared with the central concept for about five seconds. Then return to contemplating the central image until the next association comes up.”
This meditation helps focus the mind from wandering, leads to many insights and is also a good primer for hypnotic visualization.
Both methods are simple to follow and should be suitable for people of any faith.