How to use your va­ca­tion to find in­ner peace with mindfulness prac­tice

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -

Be­ing on va­ca­tion is a great time to get some much-needed rest and recharge your bat­ter­ies. How­ever, if you can set new healthy habits while away it can also help you main­tain a feel­ing of re­lax­ation even when you re­turn to the reg­u­lar rou­tine. Reg­u­lar med­i­ta­tion is one of the ways to im­prove men­tal health and cope with what­ever life throws at you, and be­ing on hol­i­day and away from the stress of work and the dayto-day is a great time to put a mindfulness prac­tice into place.

Here we round up three ways to help you get started with med­i­ta­tion.

Mind­ful breath­ing

One of the eas­i­est ways to med­i­tate and bring your at­ten­tion to the present mo­ment is just to prac­tice sim­ple, mind­ful breath­ing. Ben­jamin Blasco, an ex­pert, be­lieves that cre­at­ing just a 10-minute daily rou­tine is a good start to set­ting a prac­tice, and adds that you don't need any spe­cial clothes or gear; just fo­cus your at­ten­tion on your­self and your breath­ing.

Can­dle-gaz­ing med­i­ta­tion

Dim the lights, get ready to take some time for your­self, and light a can­dle on a ta­ble three feet in front of you, at eye level. Sit in an up­right, com­fort­able po­si­tion, either in a chair with the soles of your feet on the floor, or on the floor in a cross-legged po­si­tion. Take some deep breaths, and fo­cus your gaze on the can­dle flame.

Try not to blink for as long as you can, and as your mind starts to wan­der try to fo­cus your at­ten­tion back on the can­dle flame.

Yoga nidra

Yoga nidra, some­times called yo­gic sleep, is a prac­tice in which yo­gis use the savasana re­lax­ation stage to prac­tise a guided med­i­ta­tion. Start by ly­ing down in a com­fort­able spot in savasana, also known as corpse pose. If you’re in your room a blan­ket can also be used for ex­tra warmth, and pil­lows for prop­ping your head and as a bol­ster for un­der your knees. Next, be­come aware of each of your body parts, arms, legs, fin­gers, toes, and so on, spend­ing 15 to 20 sec­onds on each. Feel your whole body re­lax­ing and get­ting lighter, be aware of your thoughts, and re­mem­ber to also be aware of your breath. When ready, bring your­self back from your re­laxed state. You may fall asleep but don't worry, you will still ben­e­fit from this restora­tive prac­tice.

ONE OF THE EAS­I­EST WAYS TO MED­I­TATE AND BRING YOUR AT­TEN­TION TO THE PRESENT MO­MENT IS JUST TO PRAC­TICE SIM­PLE, MIND­FUL BREATH­ING

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