Blog: The Benefits of Meditation

THERE ARE TOO MANY!

Seriously though, the benefits outweigh the disadvantages by a million. Are there even any disadvantages?! I honestly don’t think there could be. Quiet time? To yourself? Being still? Focusing on your breath? Sounds like a dream to me!

To name a few, mediation can reduce anxiety, lessen depression, increase well being, develop mindfulness, improve confidence, reduce blood pressure…. okay this list goes on for miles so I’ll stop there. Just know, it’s really really good for you. And there are loads of scientific studies to back this if you really want to learn more!

First off, I want to talk about how to begin meditating if you don’t already. Please don’t let it intimidate you. It doesn’t have to be this practice of turning off your mind and connecting to Source Energy (but it can be). Meditation should be looked at as training the mind, just as exercise trains the body. There are many types of meditation, but for the beginner, we’ll start with mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness meditation consists of sitting still and observing thoughts as they float through your mind. Instead of getting involved with these thoughts and creating stories out of them, you learn to notice them, but let them pass through. Just as a cloud would pass by in the sky. Over time, you’ll begin to be able to do this in your everyday life.

You’ll stop letting your mind wander into negative thoughts, stories, or judgement and be able to be present.

If sitting still for any amount of time alone with your own thoughts sounds scary, I recommend using guided meditations. You can find these on YouTube, Spotify, or really anywhere on the internet. Just use Google and all will be found! Also, if you choose not to use a guided meditation, I suggest setting a timer. You don’t want to feel anxious about how much time has passed and keep opening your eyes to check. You’ll never truly sink into the calm. You also do not have to sit uncomfortable and cross legged if you do not wish to do so. You can sit in a chair, on a couch, on the floor up against a wall, or even lying down! (Just be sure not to fall asleep)  You don’t even have to close your eyes, although I recommend it, if you don’t feel comfortable. Your meditation is for YOU! Do whatever you feel is right for you. If you only can sit for 1 minute, do it for 1 minute! It is a practice that overtime you will get better at. You will have so many moving thoughts for the first few months, maybe even longer than that. It’s so natural for the mind to wander since it’s been doing so your entire life. It will take time to learn to quiet the mind, but you will start to see benefits in a short time if you consistently practice.

Eastern philosophers say “The goal of meditation is no goal. It is simply to be present”.

While this is true, the automatic benefits of meditation will provide enough motivation to keep it in your daily routine. Along with the benefits I’ve already listed, it provides relaxation, less stress, lower heart rate, improves blood circulation, and it even was found to be as effective to treat anxiety and depression as an antidepressant drug!!! That in itself is 100% a reason to begin meditating. With meditation, you can begin to live moment to moment instead of living in the past or the future.

There is a wonderful quote that reads,

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”

This quote came to me at a time in my life where I wasn’t sure what direction I was headed in. I was lost.. Riddled with self doubt.. Confused. But it took me realizing that all of my anxiety stemmed from my fears about what was GOING to happen and my depression stemmed from being stuck on things that had ALREADY happened. Was I really going to let my mother passing away when I was young dictate what my mood would be today, 15 years later? Was I really going to let my made up stories control the decisions I was going to make for my future? HECK NO!

This is when I began meditating. I needed to find peace somewhere in all the chaos. I needed to learn how to control my thoughts and stop them from spinning out of control. I have this issue where I create bad situations in my head. All of my thoughts are negative down to my DREAMS! I suffer from nightmares almost nightly. My husband has woken me up many nights from me screaming and sobbing. I was looking for a cure. A way to fix my negative brain. So I turned to meditation. While I am not yet completely free of my negative brain, like I said it takes time to strengthen the mind, I am already finding myself being able to catch my negative thoughts while they’re in the process and switch them to positive. I can now recognize when I’m in the midst of creating a negative story and remind myself that it’s all in my head. It’s all about being mindful. Staying in the present and not getting lost in the past or future.

I hope I’ve created a little bit of inspiration for you to give meditation a try. It may feel awkward at first, but I promise in time it will feel unnatural not to practice. Buddha’s are the most peaceful people on the planet, why not try some of their practices?

It may just change your life forever.

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4 thoughts on “Blog: The Benefits of Meditation

  1. I love this! Still working on fully emerging myself into mediating regularly so I enjoy this helpful guide. I might share this blog post with my reiki teacher she’d think its a helpful tool.

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    1. How amazing you’re doing reiki! That’s something I’m definitely gonna make my way to eventually. I’m so happy you found this blog helpful! 🙂 Meditating has changed my life. Even if just for two minutes a day, spending time alone with your mind is so beneficial.

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