Try meditation to refocus your day – and your life

Medical studies show that there are numerous benefits for those who meditate regularly.

From methodical, relaxed breathing to mental focus, the act of meditation provides a chance to mentally walk away from the day and any worries.

Once achieved, the “happy place” may be remembered again.

“Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

It only takes a few minutes a day, but meditation may provide a way to stay more focused, complete tasks, or relax when the day is done.

There are several types of meditation, and they can be practiced anywhere. You don’t have to wear special clothes or sit a certain way. General Mills built a meditation room at its corporate headquarters, and Aetna starting meditation programs for its workers, according to a 2012 article in the Financial Times.

No surprise, Googlers even meditate.

Several websites offer advice on getting started, including, “The Art of Living.” Classes are available around the Valley. There is a huge variety of CDs, apps and books that can help get you started with meditation.

Take a few moments to refocus our day through meditation – and you may find it changes your life.

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