Is anyone else into meditating?
Or maybe you WANT to be but you’re having trouble?
Or you think it’s just a bunch of hoopla?
I’m here to tell you, meditation is SO amazing and has been PROVEN to make some huge impacts on our lives.
I’ve dabbled in meditation from time to time, but always felt like I couldn’t shake the constant voice in my head and just enjoy SILENCE. I’ve since come to realize, it’s not about complete silence in your mind; it’s about letting those thoughts come, acknowledging them, and then letting them go just as quickly. This allows you to create space for other things.
I know it’s not easy though, so please don’t expect it to be.
One way that I make time for meditation is when I go to yoga. Aside from savassana at the end of my practice, I always ensure I get there a few minutes early, set up my mat and lay down in complete stillness and breathe. If there are others around me talking or being loud, I practice tuning them out; if it’s quiet in the room, then I get to enjoy the silence and letting my thoughts come and go.
But sometimes we need more than that. A friend of mine recently suggested the Stop, Breathe & Think app which I have used on a few occasions. You are able to pick your current mood and feelings and they suggest a few short guided meditations around those feelings. I have done a few of these as I’m laying in bed and while they’re only about 10 minutes long, I’ve been able to relax so much I’m asleep before they’re even over.
So why meditate? Here are 10 proven benefits of meditation:
- Reduces stress
- Improves concentration
- Increases self-awareness
- Increases happiness
- Helps preserve the brain
- Rivals depression and anxiety
- Improves focus
- Improves memory
- Reduces blood pressure
- Improves empathy and positive relationships
I understand that meditation isn’t for everyone, but I definitely think it’s worth TRYING, especially if you’re feeling like you need some assistance in any of the above.
Do you meditate?