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Stress Free Living: Walk and meditate at the same time?
May 07, 2010

Meditation: Easy Techniques for Beginners

May 2010 - Issue #017: Walk and meditate at the same time?

Welcome to the May 2010 issue of Stress Free Living! First, I want to apologize for being a few days late! I normally send these out on the first Tuesday of each month, but between working two jobs and running this website full time, sometimes things don’t work out as well as I plan them. Of course, that’s no excuse and I hope you know that my subscribers and website visitors are very important to me. So I promise to deliver on time next month :)

I know a lot of you also have very busy lives and being over-worked and over-scheduled can lead to burn-out and stress if we’re not careful. So of course, I have a great remedy for that! Meditation is an excellent way to give yourself a break to recharge, relax, and focus on the present. In this issue, I’ll cover some basics of meditation to get you started.

I hope you enjoy this issue of the Stress Free Living ezine!


“Plant the seed of meditation and reap the fruit of peace of mind.”
~ Remez Sasson

In This Issue...

1. Meditation: Easy Techniques for Beginners

2. Featured Submission: The anti-stress dog!

3. In Case You Missed It

4. All About You

Welcome to the
Stress Free Living Ezine!

Meditation: Easy Techniques for Beginners

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that meditation is great for stress relief. Many people question it’s religious significance and wonder how it may or may not clash with their own beliefs. But I can assure you that while meditation is often used within different religions and can enhance spirituality, it is not tied to any one religion and isn’t even necessarily a religious practice.

Meditation is used for many different reasons. In addition to helping you relieve stress, it can increase your memory, concentration, physical health, mental health, and even help you discover answers to questions in your own life (among many other things).

There are also many different types of meditation and ways to practice.

Did you know that you can actually go for a walk and meditate at the same time? When you do this, not only will you get the stress relieving benefits of meditation, but you’ll also get a lot of great stress relieving benefits from the walk as well.

So how does Walking Meditation work?

Just like it sounds, this is meditation on the go. And it’s important to start with a plan. Know where you’re going to be walking… have a planned course so that you don’t have to interrupt your meditation to think about which way to go. You can even do this by walking in circles around your living room if you like.

Start out slowly and with each step, focus on your breath. You’ll continue to simply walk and focus only on your breath until you feel very present and “in the moment”. After you feel completely present, you can begin to notice different things about your body. Notice how you move, how your legs feel, how your arms move, how your posture is, etc. Be sure that you don’t attempt to change any of these things, just simply take notice of them.

If you’re able to maintain your focus on these things and as you become more relaxed, you can begin to focus on and take in your surroundings. Staying very present, notice all of the different sights, sounds, and even smells as you walk.

You can end your walking meditation after a short period of time (such as five or ten minutes) or as you come to the end of your planned walking course. Even a short amount of meditation will provide you with great benefits.

Speaking of, click here for more information on the benefits of meditation.

In the upcoming weeks and months, there will be a lot more information about meditation as well as the different types of meditation and information on where you can purchase quality meditation products.

Here are links to other meditation pages on the site:

Mindfulness Meditation
Zazen Meditation
Guided Imagery Meditation
Body Scan Meditation
Transcendental Meditation, Inc

Featured Submission: The Anti-Stress Dog!

Recently I added some fun information to the site about how pets can help to relieve your stress… and how you can help relieve theirs. This has to be my favorite section of info by far! And I asked you all to share some great stories about how your own pets help to relieve your stress. We got a lot of great submissions, and I’m hoping we’ll get lots more! So I thought it would be fun to choose one to feature this month…

Pure Joy With a Wagging Tail
by Gale, South Florida, USA

When I have a bad day, just about the best stress-reducer I have found is being around my pets. My dog Luc is a Coton de Tulear and they are actually known in France as the anti-stress dog because they are so easy going, playful, and funny.

Dogs reduce stress because they are just pure unconditional love. They are non-judgmental, content, affectionate, and accept us despite our faults and limitations. How can you be stressed when you look into the eyes of a dog who thinks you're the greatest thing on the planet?

We could learn a lot from our dogs. They find true happiness from the simple things in life and always live for the present moment. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all be happy with just a stick or a dirty ball?

I'd like to thank Gale for sharing her story with us! Click here to see this submission online (including a picture of Luc) and to leave comments for Gale and Luc.

It's not too late to share your stories and photos of the animals that bring happiness to your life... Click here to submit your story today!

In Case You Missed It...

Have you seen the newest additions to the site? Click on teh links below to be directed to all of the new pages under each topic:

How Does Stress Affect Health?

Happiness Information

Stress Management Help

Pets and Stres

Check out this cool new stress relief product for your pets...

Through a Dog's Ear: Music to Calm your Canine Companion icon

All About You

I'd love to hear from You!

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If you have any questions about stress or stress management, submit them on our Ask The Expert page! And don't forget to visit the site regularly to either submit your own stories & tips or read & comment on what others have written.

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Thank you for spending some time with me today, I hope you have enjoyed your copy of the Stress Free Living ezine. If there is something you'd like to see next month, please reply to this email and let me know!

Wishing you all the very best,

Helping you live a less stressful life.

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