Posted by: sakalaradiance | January 14, 2010

Tap into the power of meditation for healthier skin

DoshaCare’s New Years Resolution:  Meditate

How does meditation lead to healthier, more radiant skin?

Now that the holidays are behind us, we can all take a deep, cleansing breath and begin the New Year with a new commitment – to make meditation part of our skincare ritual.  Meditation is truly one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves.  It restores the body, cleanses the mind, feeds the spirit and, yes, even makes for healthier skin.

Meditation is simply a time for quiet reflection and relaxation, allowing your body a chance to rest and recharge.  If you commit to making meditation a regular part of your day and, by extension, your life, you will experience profound changes – inside and out.

Rest and deep relaxation is the best and most efficient mechanism for strengthening our immune system.  Remember that our immune system is a powerful natural pharmacy, supplying our bodies with vital vitamins and nutrients.  This, in turn, translates into visibly healthier skin, not to mention higher energy levels, greater mental clarity and a state of overall wellbeing.  When we talk about authentic beauty at DoshaCare, we mean taking a holistic approach to beauty — caring for ourselves on the inside as well as the outside.  Meditation is one of the most effective ways we can sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Incorporate five to thirty minutes twice a day every day for the next 30 days.  No expectations.  No judgement.  No distractions.  This can, and should, be a very simple process.  No need for fanfare or elaborate ceremony.  Just find a quiet place where you feel safe and allow yourself to relax.  Admittedly, this may be easier for some than for others.  If you’re new at this, start with shorter time intervals and work your way up.   If done consistently, even short periods of relaxation can make a profound difference.

As you begin to quiet your body and mind, stay focused on one point of reference – for example, your pattern of breathing or, perhaps, the temperature of the room, anything as long as you give it your undivided attention.  If you find random thoughts or sensations are distracting you, gently and effortlessly bring your attention back to your focal point. Again, do not judge yourself.  Over time, you will develop the capacity to reach a deeper, restful state sooner, and for a longer period of time.

Remember, there is no right or wrong way to meditate.  Your mind and body will dictate what it needs.  Your experience may be different each time, depending on how you’re feeling that day or what’s happening in your life.  You might find one of several things could result:  you may fall asleep, which is a sign your body needed that period of rest; your brain may have a hard time shutting down, which is its way of downloading (you may sleep better that night because of this); or your body may easily slip into a restful, peaceful semi-conscious state.

After all the holiday shopping, bargain hunting and gift exchanging, remember that meditation is truly one of the most powerful gifts we can give ourselves.

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