When you think relationship status, do you think significant other? A lover?
When I think “relationship status,” I think beyond the relationships we have with one another. Our relationships can extend far beyond that – even to the foods we eat. And it’s important to build a healthy relationship with the fuel that energizes our bodies so that we understand why we should strive to eat with both our physical and mental health in mind.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that 1 in 10 US adults report depression. That means its quite likely that you know at least one person in your circle of friends who might be experiencing depressive symptoms.
Why bring up depression? Depression may play a role in the relationship we have with the foods we eat. Often, it can effect how much we enjoy our foods and even the amount we eat on a regular basis. Sometimes we can even try to relieve the symptoms of depression by eating certain foods or in a particular way. Yet there is a better way to relieve the effects of depression and it’s not food-related at all.
It’s called meditation. The Merriam Webster definition of meditation states it is a discourse intended to express its author’s reflections or to guide others in contemplation. The practice of meditation can also be described as mental discipline. The various techniques of meditation are designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness.
There are dozens of meditation styles out there, but if you are just getting started, follow these movements to get your meditation practice under way:
Step 1: Set a cushion on the floor and choose a quiet location free from distraction.
Step 2: Sit on the edge of the pillow with your legs in front of you and rest the backs of your hands on your knees.
Step 3: Close your eyes and breathe slowly in and out through your nose and fill your belly with air. Make the breath sound like the ocean. This is called Ujjayi Pranayama, or Victorious Breath.
Step 4: Give the feelings and thoughts that flow permission to exist and experience any and all sensations you’re feeling. Bring your mind back to observing your breath.
Step 5: Remain in meditation for approximately 15 minutes.
It is recommended that you practice meditation on a daily basis and that you slowly increase the length of your sessions. As your practice “matures” they say, you should feel more relief from symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Have you tried meditation before? Let us know what meditation has done for you!