Meditation 101: Finding inner peace

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News 12's Stephanie Rose answers all your questions about meditation. News 12's Stephanie Rose answers all your questions about meditation.
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Meditation is all about quieting the mind - but do you actually need a quiet mind to start?

"The biggest misconception about meditation is that you have to quiet your mind - because that's impossible," says teacher Theresa Banks.

Meditation is a major focus of Kundalini yoga class. According to Banks, it's normal to have a lot of mental chatter when you first start out. With practice and patience, she says, your thoughts and your body will eventually start to relax - and that can really help with stress, anxiety and depression. 

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But there is more than one way to find that inner peace.

"There's guided meditation - and that's a great way for someone to start - because it gives the mind something to do," says Banks.

You can also try anything that captures your full attention: journaling, singing or listening to music, drawing, painting or walking - there are even apps for your phone.

And one technique can be your go to - anytime, anywhere. 

"When your breath is calm and relaxed - You are also calm and relaxed. So if you're feeling this anxiety come up - you can just take a few breaths or go into a breathing technique - and no one even has to know what you're doing," says Banks.


Stephanie Rose's Facebook Live on how to get started in meditation.

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