In our hectic lives, we do not spend enough time in the moment and sitting still.

It might be because our lives are too full of responsibilities and lists. We have not found a balance between work and home life. We spend a lot of time worrying, anxious and fearful. We do not spend enough time in silence or in concentration on one thing.

By spending 15 to 20 minutes daily in simple meditation you can create a calmer, focused and healthier lifestyle, which in turn will help us get more done within our day.

Meditation is about thinking deeply or focusing your mind normally on one thing for a set period of time.

There are a few different ways that one can do meditation. You can focus on scripture. You can focus on a mantra, which is just either words or sounds that are repeated. You can focus on your breath. You can focus on a place where you would like to be and use visualization.

Meditation forces the brain to take a short rest from multitasking and being overwhelmed by our task list. It brings our attention momentarily towards one goal of relaxing the mind.

The effects on the body are amazing. Your nervous system relaxes. Your lungs get more attention and allow for better oxygen intake. When the body’s oxygen intake increases, it can be used more readily within our body.

Oxygen is a key element that our cells need to create energy, and allows us to perform better by giving this energy to both our mind and body. Meditation allows for more effective and beneficial sleep.

Although there are many different ways that one can meditate, when someone is starting out, don’t worry about doing it right or wrong. I have found starting small for those who have a hard time concentrating on one thing is better.

Don’t tie yourself into 20 minutes. Instead, start with breathing for 1 to 5 minutes. Even if your mind starts to wander, allow yourself to acknowledge that your mind was led off course and gently correct to its original goal.

Practice the concentration techniques of meditation and over time you will reap the ultimate benefits. If you prefer to be guided through meditation there are great apps out there such as Gaia, or Calm.

Try it today and feel the benefits daily when it becomes your routine.

Holly Wright of Bluffton is a Reiki Master, reflexologist, NASM certified personal fitness trainer, and co-owner of Trinity TheraSpa in Moss Creek Village.