I believe you tend to hear lot of stuff about meditation. People love sharing the experience on how their life changed after they started practicing it on daily basis. Many people doubt whether this “art of stillness” is for them and never find time to cultivate the routine. But have you ever questioned what exactly you can achieve thanks to meditation?
Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years worldwide. But the desire to try may not be awakened at once, usually people seek for a new way to make them feel better in some stressful event of low moment. Any reason is right as long as it takes you to the stillness and peace that already exist within you. The more you connect to it, the more you reunite with an innate sense of who you really are and what you want out of life.
Here’s how meditation can help you:
1. Meditation prevents stress and illnesses
The modern world is a place of lots of stress factors we need to face every day. We are easily caught up in the emotional turbulence. Stress can give a push to various illnesses starting from high blood pressure to increased stress hormones or decreased immunity, etc. They can further grow into more serious issues such as addiction, health disorders, mental disorders, problems with heart and many more. Meditation is recognized as a powerful preventive medicine helping maintain the balance between stress and well-being. It can help improve your capacity to deal with what is happening by strengthening your body and mind, providing new perspectives, and gaining the ability to move through situations with greater ease. No matter what initiates your desire to start meditating, when you feel better (and you will) the important thing is to keep going. Avoid becoming a “crisis meditator,” waiting until things get difficult before starting your practice. Daily meditation is a way to becoming happier, more peaceful, and more creative. It’s also free and can be accessed at any time.
2. Meditation opens the idea of something bigger
People who are interested in starting a meditation practice are usually seeking more out of life. What that is exactly is unique to each person and is part of the journey of discovery. To simply have an awareness that your patterns, habits, and choices are no longer fulfilling is a huge step.
The beauty of meditation is that it meets you where you are and ushers you into a world where you can connect to a greater sense of purpose. Life moves at a fast pace and as you get caught up in your daily lives you tend to lose touch with what’s important to you or what makes you truly happy. Going inward and connecting to your True Self that is unbounded and full of potential begins to awakens you to a bigger picture of what’s possible.
3. Meditation help you cherish the present moment
What do you usually think about? How many minutes or hours you waste on thoughts outside the present? The person can not fully enjoy life and live it not paying attention to the present. How can you live a wholesome life if you spend it on thought loops about the past and future that may be holding you back from making true positive changes in your life?
We all are humans and we tend to think about so much stuff. What can change, however, is the quality of your thoughts and what you choose to focus on, which can be empowering. Meditation helps to release the emotional and stressful grips of the past and future that can immobilize you in the present. In turn, space is created for you to have deeper connections with friends and family, to enjoy the sweet moments of life, and be more productive at work. The possibilities are endless.
4. Meditation empowers you to decide your path
No matter what brought you to the practice, what matters is that it’s never too late to take control of your life and make changes. Being the author of your story doesn’t require huge overwhelming change right away. The first step is simple but powerful; you already know the answer. You start by going within. You go within to regain your clarity, find your strength, take back your voice, and reinstate yourself as the dynamic co-creator of your life.
Naturally, and over time, with regular meditation there is increased self-awareness as layers of conditioning and defense mechanisms are peeled away with each dip in the pool of your inner world. You may find it becomes harder to stuff yourself into old patterns and habits in favor of the more authentic and expansive version of yourself.
There are four possible experiences you may have meditation: 1) sleep, 2) repeating your mantra (or whatever the focus of your attention is), 3) having thoughts, and 4) slipping into the stillness between the thoughts or “the gap.” If you have any of these experiences, you are meditating.
There is always time for meditation. Even if it’s starting off with five minutes in the morning and five minutes in the evening – that’s enough. Let go of expectations and surrender to the practice. There is no such thing as a bad meditation – in fact, the benefits happen outside of meditation.