Meditation is a practice that many people choose to do because it can help them feel calm, centered, and more at peace with the world around them. Meditation has been shown to have numerous benefits including decreasing stress levels, improving concentration and focus, boosting creativity and happiness levels, enhancing self-esteem and compassion for others. Here are some of the most important reasons you should meditate.
11 Wonderful Reasons to Meditate
Meditation has existed for thousands of years, but it’s never been more popular than it is right now. Meditation provides many health and personal benefits. Meditation is simple, free, and can be done anywhere. It’s well worth your effort.
There are numerous reasons to include meditation in your daily life:
1. Meditating is an excellent way to improve your health. Studies have shown, for example, that meditation decreases inflammation and pain, improves immune function and increases brain matter.
2. Meditation can help to enhance your ability to regulate your emotions and maintain self-control. Do you currently struggle with unhealthy impulses or excessive anger? You may find that meditation is extremely beneficial the more often you partake in it, as it helps towards developing greater emotional intelligence.
3. Meditation helps you age slower. Studies have shown that people who meditate on a regular basis will have better cognitive function as they get older, relative to those who don’t meditate.
Though it hasn’t been proven conclusively, it appears likely that meditation can lengthen your lifespan.
4. Improve memory and attention. If you can’t remember where you left your car keys, regular meditation might be the answer. It can also increase your ability to concentrate. In addition to improving memory and attention, a side effect of this is your productivity increases. If you’re working on goal setting, that’s a huge bonus.
The ability to stay focused is a marker for success, at least it has been in my life! I have ADHD so focus doesn’t happen often for me but meditation does help me dig deep to find it.
5. You become more present with meditation. You let go of the past and future. Meditation ensures you remain in this moment, feeling relief from stress. It can be difficult to get your mind to this space, the space where you can truly relax, but it’s so worth it! Practice makes perfect. Keep trying.
6. Meditation can improve your heart and circulatory system by lowering your blood pressure. Not only will it help you live a longer, happier life, but it might even save you some money on medication!
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the Western world. Meditation can be part of the solution. Even without all of the other benefits, this one alone is worth giving meditation a try!
7. Meditation is widely used in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. You can effectively deal with these conditions by practicing meditation on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean you won’t still need other tools, such as medication, to help you on a daily basis. Mediation is a tool, not necessarily a replacement or a “fix” for mental health issues.
8. Meditation can help you maintain a more positive lifestyle. One of the main reasons that people develop bad habits are because they are struggling with negative emotions. When these feelings decrease, it becomes easier to avoid developing new unwanted habits.
9. Meditation is an excellent way to develop a greater understanding of yourself. When you meditate, you develop a constant awareness of your body, thoughts and feelings.
Negative thoughts and emotions are easier to spot and correct when you’re in touch with a deeper version of yourself.
10. With meditation comes a more open perspective on people. In the long run, you’ll find yourself more accepting of people and less judgmental- which will make it easier to build connections with new friends in an inclusive way.
Personally, I found that I became much more open-minded after I started being more accepting of myself. If you are struggling with past trauma – even if it stems all the way back from your childhood – you’ve gotta work through it before you’re able to be as open as you’re destined to be.
11. It’s free! There are no expensive classes or equipment required for meditation. All you need is your body (preferably clothed), a comfortable space where you will not be disturbed for 20 minutes or longer, either sitting on the floor with crossed legs or sitting in a chair if so desired.
When you accept everyone just the way they are, a new group of people is available to you. This makes finding friends easier and it might even lead you to finding your soulmate.
How to get started with your first meditation session
Meditation is a practice that has been around for centuries and continues to grow in popularity. There are many benefits of meditation, but it’s not something you just do once or twice and then stop. It takes commitment, time, patience, and some trial-and-error before finding the best method for you.
Meditation doesn’t have to take up a significant portion of your day. Just a few minutes of meditation provides significant benefits. Start with just 5 minutes of meditation and increase the time as you see fit.
Find a quiet, calm spot and choose whether you want to listen to some soft music or if you want complete silence. I prefer to use music or rain sounds because my house is nevvvver completely silent. Whether it’s the faucet dripping or the dogs barking, or the kids being, well, themselves, there’s always noise!
To get started with meditating, you may need to go through a little trial and error. I made my closet into a meditation “room”, but it’s a work in progress. Did you know you can even meditate with Alexa’s help? I love it!
If meditation has always seemed a little too new age for you, reconsider. The medical establishment is notoriously conservative, and even it is embracing the benefits of meditation. Meditation provides many benefits for your physical and mental wellbeing. If you’re serious about your health and success, add a daily meditation session to your routine. You can thank me later. 😉