By Anne Piccolo
People have been practicing meditation for over 3,000 years, for both the mental and physical benefits. In 2007, the US government reported over 20 million adults had meditated within the previous year, and the trend is still growing.
While there are no set in stone rules about meditating, we want to share some guidelines to help practitioners get the most out of the activity. If you’ve been considering learning meditation, there is no better time than the present to begin.
If you have ever been frustrated when someone tells you that a problem is “all in your head,” meditation is the answer to solving your conundrum. Even at just a few minutes a day, meditation has been known to increase serotonin levels, which positively affect mood and behavior.
Meditation also creates relaxation on deeper levels, which can help prevent insomnia by sending you off into dreamland with ease. With practice, everyday distracting thoughts, or “mental chatter,” will decrease, and result in better focus, concentration, and memory.