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December Meditations to Feel Centered and Less Stressed in the New Year

Meditation is a wonderful and effective way to reconnect with your faith. In the quiet, relaxed state of meditation, your body and mind both have the opportunity to feel a centeredness that will encourage you to start each day with a positive attitude and determination

Meditation is a wonderful and effective way to reconnect with your faith. In the quiet, relaxed state of meditation, your body and mind both have the opportunity to feel a centeredness that will encourage you to start each day with a positive attitude and determination.

The Effects of Stress on the Human Body

The effects of stress on the body are numerous, effecting both the body and the mind in different but significant ways. Physically, stress can cause headaches and migraines, insomnia or excessive sleep, high blood pressure, and digestive problems. Emotionally, stress can cause restlessness and moodiness, anxiety and lack of motivation, and sadness or depression.

On the effects of stress on the human body, experts say that “forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress,” and “the lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorder is more than 50 percent, often due to chronic, untreated stress reactions.”

Meditation and Wellness

Luckily, though, meditation is a simple yet powerful technique for alleviating stress and its negative effects on the body. When practiced for as little as 10 minutes each day, meditation should reduce symptoms associated with stress by decreasing anxiety, lowering blood pressure, and encouraging relaxation.

To meditate, sit in a comfortable spot and position, such as on a yoga mat or area rug with your legs crossed and your hands resting on your knees. With your back straight, close your eyes and mind your breathing, taking long, slow breathes as you meditate. As you begin to relax and feel your heartbeat slowing, reflect on the meditations listed in the next section of this blog.

Meditations to Comfort and Inspire for 2021

• Your favorite bible verse (See the passages in the list below for inspiration.)
o Psalm 46:1-3
o Isaiah 41:10
o Isaiah 43:1-3
o Philippians 4: 12-13
o Romans 10:9
• Pray the Rosary or one of its prayers, such as the “Our Father” or “Holy Mary”
• A goal you’d like to accomplish for 2021 – think personally and professionally, as well in terms of your relationship with God and your faith

Regardless of how you choose to meditate, seek to strengthen your relationship with God by putting your faith at the center of the exercise.