Hour Glass by Rebecca Iannone

“The stormy life can be braved only by the heart’s sunny meditations…”
-Sri Chinmoy

If you’re anything like me, relaxing is near impossible. I enjoy having hobbies, projects, social
engagements, exercising consistently, playing sports, and of course working. I feel it safe to say that
most people pack on a similar level of activity and responsibility in the day. The result? Not necessarily
stress but more the sense that your daily life functions just as an hour glass would. The hours keep
slipping away with no chance to slow or stop the process. When the hours are gone you sleep and

Do not confuse that analogy for a depressing take on life. Instead, it is quite beautiful as it reminds us to
keep moving forward and make the best of this short time we have. Beautiful as it is some people may
experience more stress throughout the day than others. It is important to understand how to properly
manage your stress. Without a good outlet the stress will build up and bring you down. Everyone
deserves to find a way to live their chosen lives in a positive state of mind rather than constant anxiety.

There are many, many practices that can help relieve daily stress. It is my personal belief that the best
practice is one in which you receive all the benefits with little consequence- as consequence may just
add to the cycle of stress. Which practice can do all of that for me? You ask? Why meditation of
course. The only cost you pay is time. You must give time to this practice for it to benefit you. The
benefits greatly, let me say it again, GREATLY out weight, the cost of this particular practice.

Without further ado and unnecessary rhetoric the following is a list of just some of the long and short
term benefits of meditation:

  1. Reduces stress and anxiety
  2. Improved focus
  3. Increases energy
  4. Helps to balance emotions
  5. Increases tolerance for pain
  6. Improves memory
  7. Fosters creativity
  8. Boosts your immune system
  9. Reduces blood pressure
  10. Improves sleep
  11. Increases self-awareness
  12. Slows aging
  13. Improves metabolism
Meditation does not need to take hours. You can begin by just taking a few minutes in the morning to
sit still, clear your mind, and focus on your breathing. You can spend anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes.
Regardless of the time you choose to spend, taking just some time out of your day to center yourself can
make a world of difference with how you handle the daily grind.
Below I will be providing my list of sources but the first link may be quite helpful to those that do not
know how to meditate. Feel free to peruse the other links as each provide some great insight into the
art and science of meditation.