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Meditation – A Path to Relaxation

A practice that yields incredible health benefits for both mind and body. Meditation has many health benefits and is a highly effective way to relieve stress and maintain a healthier lifestyle. If you practice meditation regularly, you know how good it feels – like a breath of fresh air for the mind. For those who don't practice, let’s be real, meditation is challenging!

If you put in the effort to learn and practice meditation, you can transform your experience of stress in your life. Some days it’s easy to quiet your mind, and other days it’s an uphill battle. Regardless of how each meditation sessions goes, know that you’re doing yourself good.

At first it seems simple, you just close your eyes and breathe, right? Yes, but meditation is much more than that. With practice, meditation becomes an easy habit to maintain.

We know that meditation feels great, but what are the actual health benefits of meditation?

  • Greater sense of awareness

  • Reduce stress and anxiety

  • Increases mental clarity and focus

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Trigger the brains relaxation response

  • Improves sleep

  • Helps preserve the aging brain

Meditation is a potent practice that teaches patience, confidence, strength, and awareness. Even closing your eyes and taking a deep breath in and out is a form of meditation. Much like the physical practice of yoga, meditation helps you establish a stronger connection between mind and body. Through this greater sense of self-awareness, we cultivate present moment awareness which allows us to remain present, grounded, and focused in all aspects and every moment of our lives.

“We all seek retreats, whether it be a vacation in another country, by the sea, or mountains. You can find a retreat at any time by looking inward. Sit with your eyes closed, turn on some music and tune out of the world. Feel your breath go in and out. This will provide you peace. Treat yourself often to this retreat and be renewed.” – Marcus Aurelius

There are many Apps that provide free meditations, (such as Calm, Headspace, 10% Happier) and several are available by subscription.

Here are a few guided meditations:

Interested in meditation and similar mindfulness programs? A few weeks ago, we introduced you to League, a digital health benefits platform and OMERS portfolio company. League offers programs and tips on meditation, sleep and mindfulness.