Today is National Relaxation Day!
I just discovered this holiday, and I love it.
National Relaxation Day advocates chilling out and promotes stress relief through meditation and other relaxation techniques.
I used to think I handled stress well and had good reason to be stressed, especially after my husband died. I was trying to raise three kids minus a very involved parent. I thought I was doing pretty well.
Then my body and the clear part of my mind laughed at me.
I went into a deep depression and made detailed plans to commit suicide.
Thank goodness this little voice reminded me that my plan of leaving my kids orphans wasn’t a good idea; I had to make a drastic change. The way I was living was not working for my children or me.
So I did just that, I made a drastic change.
And today, I want to share with you a technique that allowed me to walk away from depression without drugs. You’ve probably heard of it. Maybe you’ve even tried it. Many people say, “I’m not good at it!” and “I’m not into that woo-woo stuff.” This action is now backed by over 200 peer-reviewed studies and is science-backed. It has been proven to:
Lower blood pressure
And there are no adverse side effects!
Kindergarteners, vets, trauma victims, and CEOs of corporations do it.
I am alive because of it.
I’m talking about meditation!
And today, I want to give you the chance to try it, just once.
Ok, if you are not a mediator, I can hear your inner voice saying things like, “I’ve tried this before, and it didn’t work.” or “I have a mindfulness practice, so I don’t need meditation.” Or “I can’t meditate. My mind is too active.”
For the moment, pretend all of that is untrue. Why would you not try something that will only cost you 20-minutes but will change how you and your body for the better?
I practice Transcendental Mediation. It is different than mindfulness.
Here is the recording by the man, Roy Nelson, who taught me how to meditate and how to live a healthier, more fulfilling life!
I know that many people think meditation means sitting cross-legged and chanting, but Transcendental Meditation is nothing like that.
I meditate two times a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. (Meditation at night can wake you up. Nighttime is a great time to do mindfulness practice.)
So give it a try. Click here to learn how to practice transcendental meditation one time.
Look, you have nothing to lose by trying it once. If you are, right now, listing all the reasons why you can’t do it, keep in mind that it is your ego brain trying to stop you from doing something that will quiet it.
Again, you have NOTHING to lose by giving this a try. And then please email me so I can hear what happened!
And the best part is it will help you be a better friend or manager when an employee is dealing with cancer, loss, or other health crisis, so it’s a double win-win!
P.S. If you want to learn more about the science behind transcendental meditation and how it changes your mind AND body, click here.
P.S.S. I use a mask to help me quiet down. It's not a requirement!