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So many of us sleepwalk through our lives. We do what we are told, go to school, go to work, raise our kids, and don’t think about looking for more. But there IS more. If only we were more aware of our inter-connectedness, our oneness. You see, we are all energy. Energy is constantly flowing to us, through us, and from us.
To be aware of this energy we need to slow down, stop what we are doing and clear the clutter of our noisy minds. There is a tremendous amount of power and creativity within all of us, and a regular meditation practice can help us connect with it.
DO I NEED TO MEDITATE?
I’ve known for a while now that I wanted to write an article on the benefits of meditation. In fact, I have a list of topics lined up for the next few weeks, so when Meditation came to the top of the list I got right down to business. I had a fairly good idea what I wanted to say and the angle I wanted to take….or so I thought.
But the next thing I know I find myself staring at a blank screen with nothing but a cursor going nowhere. So I decide to do what I do best: more research. I’m looking around online for a little inspiration, even learning the history of meditation! But back to the blank screen and the cursor is now stuck. I’m stuck.
My head is spinning with thoughts and ideas. Oh, there’s no shortage of ideas in there, but the words are not coming out. ‘Just start’, I tell myself. That’s often the hardest part. Still, nothing happens. My mind is racing now with other things that need to get done, from working on a new Opt-in to responding to emails, to laundry.
Then it hits me!
I’m unfocused, my mind is full of clutter, I’m indecisive, frustrated, and now judging myself. Yes, I NEED TO MEDITATE!
I need the amazing benefits of a regular meditation routine. I was doing it somewhat regularly at one point, but I’ve gotten ‘too busy’ lately, so it’s taken a backseat. And it shows. I need to clear my mind more than ever.
So let’s just get started.
BRIEF HISTORY OF MEDITATION
I have to include this little section, so my procrastination won’t be in vain.
The practice of meditation dates back to prehistoric times, with its origins being firmly embedded in religion. Hindus, Taoists, Buddhists, and Christians alike practiced meditation, hoping for enlightenment, salvation and a deepening of spiritual connections. By the 18th and 19th centuries, as Buddhism traveled West and yoga schools started popping up, secular meditation was gaining ground.
Since then, scientists continue to document countless physical and mental benefits of meditation, while other studies point to numerous mental, emotional and spiritual advantages. In fact, in researching this topic myself, I found one article that lists 100 benefits of meditating! The list seems to be endless.
I won’t bore you with a list that long, but the following 8 benefits are truly worth noting.
8 BENEFITS OF REGULAR MEDITATION
#1 Increased Inner Calm
As your practice starts to gain momentum you will notice the effects of ‘clearing the clutter ‘ in your mind. Most people experience this as a feeling of inner peace or inner calm, being less affected by the external chaos of every day life.
#2 Decreased Stress
As you gain inner peace and become less affected by the external ruckus, your stress level naturally goes down in all areas of your life.
#3 More Grounded
With the benefits of #1 & #2 under your belt comes a growing sense of security and feeling grounded. The ability to detach yourself from what’s less important and come from a higher place (your best self) brings with it feeling of calm, strength and again, peace.
#4 Increased consciousness
This refers to a higher level of awareness, beyond your physical surroundings. An awareness of the mind itself, our inter-connectedness and spirituality.
#5 Increased self-awareness
As you learn to quiet the mind and control your focus, you are better able to observe yourself from ‘outside’. You can watch, listen and better understand your thoughts and actions. As you continue to clear the clutter in your mind, your inner voice becomes more prominent.
#6 Reduced Insomnia
Meditation has been proven to be one of the most effective methods for reducing insomnia, by learning to clear and calm the mind, reducing the chaos and noise and allowing you to enter the necessary state of calm. Not surprisingly, a more restorative sleep is achieved.
#7 Deeper Spiritual Connection
With all of the benefits above, an overall deeper spiritual connection manifests in the areas of intuition, self-awareness, higher consciousness, energy sensitivities, spiritual senses, and more.
#8 Clears Mental and Creative ‘Blocks’
If your mind is racing like mine was before sitting down to write this article, then meditation is exactly what you need. Whether you’re a creative or you need a high level of focus and concentration, meditation can ONLY improve your game.
“MEDITATION: because some questions can’t be answered by Google.” ~unknown
So, what are you waiting for? Think you don’t have time? Think again. You can start with as little as 10 minutes a day. The next time you sit down to spend a half hour ‘relaxing’ on social media or with your favourite tv show, just borrow 10 minutes from this time and give yourself this valuable gift. Create a challenge and commit to 30 days. You don’t want to quit before you start seeing benefits. And once you do start to see the benefits, your meditation routine may quickly become the most enjoyable part of your day!
WHERE TO START
There are so many websites out there right now, it’s almost overwhelming to know where to start. From different philosophies to different styles, from spiritual to secular. In my opinion, the easiest thing you can do is grab a free app and get started today.
Here are a few of the top free apps you can choose from:
- Insight Timer
- Smiling Mind (this one has programs for kids as young as 7, as well as adults)
If you’d like to learn more about meditation check out this great book.
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Question for you: If you have a regular meditation practice, what is it that keeps you coming back for more? Share in the comments below some of your favourite benefits of meditation.
Till Next Time,
Keep Going 4Ward!
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