Fail Proof Meditation For Beginners

MRI studies confirm this age old practice bestows significant improvements in body & brain function.

John Iovine
Apr 28, 2020 · 4 min read
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My concentration is shot. I can walk from one room to another and forgot why I walked into the room. Sometimes it comes back to me in a moment, sometimes not. Cognitive scientists say these brain freezes and are common and not necessarily a sign of Alzheimer's or dementia. While that information is comforting I am finding it harder and harder to stay focused on any task.

I wonder if meditation could aid my aging brain? What do I have to lose, a few minutes each day? I blow that time away on social media everyday.

Research, research and more research

Benefits Of Meditation:

Where To Begin?

Time

Active Not Passive

Meditation is not a free flow of thoughts, that’s called ruminating or day dreaming. Mediation tries to stem the free flow of thoughts, perhaps even stopping all thought for a few seconds at a time. The stopping thoughts, even for a few seconds, are typically only accomplished by experienced mediators.

Mediation is active mental focus, not the lack of mental focus.

Getting Into The Gap

Calming The Monkey Mind

The Breath

I know some instructors advise against a timer. I’m not one of those. I find it less stressful, to know when my time is up, then to check a clock or watch for the elapsed time. I want you to focus on your breath, not the time.

You don’t have to sit, you can put yourself in any position your’re comfortable in, you could lie down in bed if you like. You are more likely to fall asleep when lying down, but that would just mean you’re probably sleep deprived, and that’s a story for another article.

Ready, Set, Breathe

You repeat these words as you breathe in and out as a kind of mantra, that occupies your monkey mind, from jumping from one thought to another.

When you meditate you will find your monkey mind is quite resilient. During meditation, you will catch yourself no longer focusing on your breath, but you’re thinking some random thought, like what’s for dinner, or I’m hungry. When this occurs, and it will, because it happens to everyone, gently bring yourself back to your breath.

Do not reprimand yourself for losing focus. Just be aware that you did and go back to your breath for the remaining of your meditation time. Repeat as many times as necessary until the timer goes off.

Don’t Pose For Vogue

This is not instructions to hyperventilate. Don’t hyperventilate. Take slow steady full breaths, that’s it.

You Can’t Do It Wrong

How Will You Know When It’s Working?

Fitness After 50

Maintaining an incredible lifestyle by improving mental focus, motivation, nutrition, and fitness

John Iovine

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Most old men would have given up by now, I am not like most old men. www.john-iovine.com

Fitness After 50

Maintaining an incredibly healthy lifestyle by improving mental focus, motivation, nutrition, and fitness.

John Iovine

Written by

Most old men would have given up by now, I am not like most old men. www.john-iovine.com

Fitness After 50

Maintaining an incredibly healthy lifestyle by improving mental focus, motivation, nutrition, and fitness.

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