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Clear Your Mind, Boost Your Energy

Meditation, it's not a very lively word, now is it? The process of sitting idle, eyes closed in a trance-like state, slowed breathing, projecting thoughts and releasing the mind doesn't seem to fit the bill when it comes to preparing for a workout, a final exam or just another day in the big rig or cubicle. But many studies have supported using the tranquil breathing-and-focusing technique as a means to de-stress and perk up the energy.

Learning to meditate is fairly simple and the time in which to mediate can be a short as 3 minutes so you can use it almost anytime during your day to clear your mind and boost your energy.

The problem is to first find a quite space where you can be left alone with zero distractions, which we all know that our places of rest like a dorm room or den even have constant noises and disturbances. Once you have a placed picked, you can begin.

  • First, sit in a comfortable position. This doesn't have to be cross-legged like you think, just any seated position that you'll be the most relaxed in.
  • Next, close your eyes and take 10 slow, deep, controlled breaths and clear your mind as much as possible.
  • Focus on an image that is soothing and relaxing. Picture something from nature like a deserted island or quiet meadow, or anything that immediately gives you a hushed state of mind.
  • Think deeply about that image. What do you see? What do you hear? How does it make you feel?
  • If at anytime you have a thought that isn't part of your image enter your mind, try your best to address it as something that can wait and push it behind the image you are seeing on the backs of your eyelids.
  • Once you feel calmed, visualize an energy source entering your body and recharging your battery. Feel it at the tips of your fingers down to your toes. Do this for a couple of minutes.
  • When you are ready, slowly open your eyes, stand up slowly and take one last deep breath.
You are now ready to attack the rest of the day with heighted energy levels and with an alert and focused aim.

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