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Meditation - One Easy Way to Start
Created on 4/29/2011

Meditation can be defined as a state of relaxed but focused awareness. It is part of many religious traditions - Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and more.

While meditation can be used to deepen one's own religious practice, it can also be practiced on its own.

And the data regarding meditation's effects on health are nothing short of amazing - lowered blood pressure, reduced stress, decreased pain, lessened inflammation, improved mood and more.

Most of us have easy access to classes where meditation is being taught, but you can start an exploration of meditation on your own. Here's one easy method:

1) Light a candle and sit before it

2) Watch as the flame flickers and dances

3) Focus on the flame - if your mind begins to wander, simply re-focus on the flame and your breath (being careful not to blow the flame out!)

Start with just 5 minutes a day, and then add a little more time as you become increasingly comfortable with the practice. When finished, do be sure to blow out the candle for safety.

I find this most helpful at night just before bedtime, especially when sharing the practice with my wife and children.

Regardless of how you get started, it can be a very good thing for your health to begin and maintain a regular meditation practice. I always meditate for 5 minutes when I awaken in the morning, and for 5 minutes before going to sleep; in between, if I've created space in my schedule, I will meditate for longer periods of time, but I never miss my am and pm meditations.

Give meditation a try - it's good for you, and you may come to enjoy it as much as I do.

Be well.
Dr. Russ
** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. **

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