As we age, we need to adjust to the ways our bodies are inevitably changing, but it is important to recognize that there are factors, mentally and physically, we can take control of. One way to become more in tune with yourself is to practice mindful meditation and to really take the time to listen to what your bodies are telling you.
“Oftentimes we ignore the signs our bodies are giving us telling us we need to slow down or take a step back.” Says Dr. Robert Dean, Founder of AROmotion. “We have this voice in the back of our head telling us not to let go of our youthfulness but in order to take care of ourselves, we need to understand and acknowledge the changes we are experiencing so we can implement new and healthy routines and a great way to do this is by practicing forms of meditation.”
What Is Mindful Meditation?
According to verywell mind, Mindful Meditation is a mental practice that teaches you how to slow down and organize racing thoughts, clear your mind of negativity and calm your mind and body. It offers a different approach to dealing with stress and anxiety by combining the ways of mindfulness and meditation. It is defined as a mental state that involves being fully focused on “the now” so you can acknowledge and accept your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment.
A great thing about Mindful Meditation is that you do not need to use any props, be an expert in meditation, or dedicate an abundance of time to this wellness practice.
How can Mindful Meditation Help with Aging?
Practicing Mindful Meditation has many physical and psychological benefits for seniors including improving focus, memory, sleep, and problem-solving skills. Research also has shown that mindfulness and meditation can help reduce pain and boost your overall well-being. Are you ready to take control of your body and mind? Check out our tips for best practices when partaking in mindful meditation.
Mindful Meditation Best Practices
While you can practice Mindful Meditation pretty much anywhere at any time, we highly recommend finding a comfortable spot in a calming, soothing environment. Maybe it’s your favorite chair or sprawling out in the sand by the beach! Where ever you choose, prepare yourself to be vulnerable.
Acknowledge Your Thoughts
When you first start on your meditation journey, you will have to learn how to organize and manage your racing thoughts. Take a few moments, in the beginning, to acknowledge why you are meditating in the first place and what you hope to get out of it. The goal is not to be thoughtless but rather to take note of your thoughts and move on. This is a time for your mind to move forward rather than dwell on thoughts of stress and anxiety.
Give Yourself Grace
As we mentioned previously, finding your center and finding your routine will take some practice, so be kind to yourself if at any point you start to lose control over your meditation practice. If you start to get overrun by negative thoughts, worry, or fear, without judgment, take a moment to understand why your mind went there and then return your center and try again.
A great way to avoid being overwhelmed by your thoughts is to focus on your breathing patterns. Become aware of the sensation of breathing and feel your body inhale and release air. Find the breathing rhythm that keeps you calm and relaxed. Embrace all of the senses when it comes to your breathing and use this to set the tone for your dedicated meditation time.
How will you incorporate Mindful Mediation into your wellness routine?
If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from daily tasks and activities, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion, which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.