Meditation for Migraine and Everything Else in Life

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If you've found a cure for Migraine headaches, well, you're probably busy writing your nobel prize speech. 

But since there is no cure for migraines, you can attempt to prevent or deal with them the best way possible. One way may be meditation. 

It has been practiced for thousands of years in many different cultures. And research shows that those who meditate often throughout their life tend to live longer, healthier lives. Meditating does not only allow you to be more "in tune" with the natural rhythms of your body, but it can also help you manage stress, get through rough times (including health issues, pain, suffering), and increase your overall health and wellness. 

Mediation 101:

What is Meditation?

It's many things, but simply put, it's breathing. The difference is that it's ONLY breathing. Meaning when you're mediating, you're focusing on one thing, and that is your breath. Your inhale, and your exhale. 

I've never mediated before - how do I start? 

Start with short increments of time - 3 to 5 minutes. Set up a calm space - it doesn't have to be fancy, just try to make it quiet, with dimmed lighting. Set a timer for however long you choose to meditate. 

Sit down either cross-legged or legs folded underneath you, hands relaxed comfortably. Back straight, chin up, eyes closed softly. 

Relax your muscles (those that aren't holding up your posture), and clear your mind. A good way to practice this is to literally Imagine your thoughts and your worries floating out from the top of your head - and let them go for just these three minutes. 

Once your mind is free - you are not thinking about the tasks of that day, what your spouse is doing, what is happening at work, your are simply thinking about your breath.

In. Out. Slow, and steady.

Inhale slowly, making the entire inhale last for 6 long seconds. Do the same for exhale. Count these long seconds in your head. Make sure not to lose focus on your breath. 

Try to do this everyday for a week and take note the benefits that comes with meditation!