Many people know that meditation is “good for you” but the reality is very few actually approach meditation. It seems a bit too far for comfort.
People, wake up.
It is not just for monks anymore. It is PROVEN that meditation is a necessary and integral part of any (and every) stressed out, over worked human on this planet.
Meditation is hard. It is not just sit down, close your eyes and…. fall asleep. You are going deep into your subconscious and working that big, beautiful brain of yours out. Just as we find it necessary to get our 30 minutes of sweat in a day, it is necessary to find time to spend in your mind. It doesn’t matter what you have on, or where you are. Just sit down anytime, anywhere, with nothing but yourself.
A regular mediation practice is a necessary addition to your day. Trust me on this one.
Meditation reduces stress.
Your brain is getting physically re-shaped with a mindfulness practice, even if you aren’t aware of it. This is huge. YOU are taking control of your thoughts. Allowing yourself to watch them from afar and see what is truly going on in your world. That, my friends, is empowering.
Meditation improves concentration.
When you train your brain to have one-pointed focus through mediation and breath work, you are then able to control it when you are not in a meditative state. Your brain can remember those moments out in the “real world” and use them to focus on your task at hand, which we all so desperately need in today’s ADD society.
Meditation opens your creative channels.
Research has found that meditation enables “divergent thinking”, which allows you to find new solutions and generate new (creative) ideas. All you need is a shift in perspective and your thought patterns suddenly turn from linear to curvy. We all need a bit of curvature. The straight and narrow never lead to anything great.
Meditation increases self-awareness.
It is so easy to move outside of yourself in today’s world. You go from one place to the next, one job to the next, one relationship to the next, all without fully engaging in the process. If you spend time sitting with yourself, inside your mind, without the distractions of what you should/could/would be doing you are able to recognize what you truly want and who you actually are at your core. When you work on diving inwards, you are more comfortable and confident moving outwards.
Nurturing your own development is not selfish. It is a gift to the world.
Get out there, get on your ass, and mediate. I promise you’ll thank me.