We are living in a chaotic world and time. A time that is plagued with many unanswered questions, which run rampant through our minds. Since the beginning of spring 2020, we have had to deal with the COVID-19 virus and the consequences of its uncertainties. Early on scientists warned that the Babyboomers generation was the most at risk. We dealt with a stay at home orders, watched the injustice of police brutality on tv, a rise in unemployment, and navigated a new platform of teaching. So we perseverated on these issues and the residue. These issues cause anxiety, stress, and other mental health concerns. Many Babyboomers were already dealing with stressful situations before the pandemic. Some of the challenges for Babyboomers that may cause anxiety or depression are ongoing health issues and the rising cost of healthcare, coping with isolation and loneliness, and the bewilderment of retirement. There are many coping skills and strategies to combat the negative thoughts circulating in our minds. Managing stress effectively helps you feel better mentally and physically. Meditation is a way to manage stress. There are many meditation practices to relieve stress. I would like to share the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation.
Mindfulness Meditation is a type of meditation where you are focusing on your consciousness, being in the moment, and aware of your feelings. Focusing on the present, instead of the past or imagining an uncertain future helps to eliminate fear, and anxiety which causes stress. Mindfulness Meditation is described as building upon concentration practices, by observing the flow of your inner thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations, good or bad, without judgment. It engages breathing methods, guided imagery, and relaxation methods to relax the body and mind.
It is a simple technique that can be done almost anywhere and at any time, with or without sound. Life can be chaotic, and difficult to manage. Our thoughts, if not controlled can contribute to the chaos. Taking 15 to 20 minutes out of your day to be still, to go within, and focus on your inner thoughts. To visualize a better you, and a better world is beneficial to the knowledge of self, self-control, relaxation, and wisdom. Give it a try, and remember the more you practice the better you become. Good Luck!
By DeLoise Gambrell