Developing the ability to live only in the present reduces anxiety and stress, and has numerous health benefits.
The current situation of confinement and an abundance of responsibilities has forced people to work, study, and do household chores all in a single space and oftentimes simultaneously, which, according to the American Psychological Association, has led an increase in stress levels and manifestation of preexisting conditions.
According to the Mayo Clinic, this ability for complete concentration, also known as mindfulness, can be developed more effectively through meditation. There are different spiritual methods and trends for meditation, but one of the most well-known for achieving mindfulness is Vipassana meditation, which is characterized by focusing on breathing and exercises based on:
Space: choose a place away from noise and distractions, with good natural lighting and without electronic devices that invade your energy.
Clothing: wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that allow you to easily stretch your limbs and that generate a feeling of freshness.
Posture: the best position is seated, and you can decide from several ways what feels best: with your legs crossed and your feet resting on the opposite thigh or with the soles of your feet together.
Breathing: accompanied by soft music, breathe deeply and continuously so that your concentration is focused solely on the movement of your abdomen with each inhalation and exhalation, that way your mind will be only in the now. Do this exercise for 20 minutes and repeat it as many times throughout the week as needed to focus your mind.
This will also allow you to advance toward mindfulness in your daily chores and work, which will reduce anxiety, stress, and insomnia.
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