“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” This is one of Buddha’s most powerful messages to the world. To genuinely live life, you must learn to be present; and this is exactly what meditation teaches you.
“Ever since I started meditating, my life has changed considerably. I am not longer caught up in painful thoughts and memories, past experiences, or anxious beliefs. I am me, and that is all I will ever be. I’m an entity who shares good vibes and energy. I love my life more than ever before. My mind is peaceful, and my soul is calm.” Shares Diana Trinity, my close friend, and dedicated yoga teacher.
If you want to integrate meditation into your daily life, here are eight reasons to get you started. I am glad you’re asking yourself ‘why?’ Understanding the grounds of your actions is incredibly powerful. Take a look and let us know what you think! Feedback is always appreciated.
1. Meditation Helps You Focus
If you find yourself daydreaming about your spouse while studying for finals, you are not entirely focused on your tasks. Meditation is a tool that helps humans discover where their attention is at.
Our concentration levels drop when we preoccupy our minds with various thoughts, but if we learn how to observe them from afar, our lives quickly change for the better. We can focus on each one of our tasks wholly and separately. Our mind stops wandering and concentrates only on what we are doing. Thus:
- You become less distracted by external factors.
- You are not stressed out anymore and can concentrate that energy into focusing.
- If you have Attention Deficit Disorder (as many people do), it can help treat its root cause.
2. Meditation Equals Mindfulness
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines mindfulness as the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts. To be mindful means to observe and track your consciousness, to witness your thoughts and emotions, and to accept everything good or bad as part of your life. Being mindful is asking yourself:
- Why am I having these curious thoughts?
- How can I observe them closely and understand their hidden meaning?
- How does my body feel?
- What triggers my body and mind to become distracted?
- What is the most intense emotion I’m experiencing?
3. Meditation Boosts Your Energy
Meditation stimulates your body in many interesting ways. The most important one I’d like to address is how it boots your body’s energy and releases unnecessary vibrancy. When you are too tired to function, sit down and meditate.
Let your mind wander into the unexplored Universe. Close your eyes and breathe in, breathe out. Repeat this cycle at least five times in a row. Your exhale must be longer than your inhale. If your mind defocuses, bring it back to the breathing pattern. Breathe in, let the positive energy enter your body; breathe out, let the negative energy leave your body.
After repeating the cycle for some time, you will feel less tired. Your energy level will boost, and your brain will make quicker, sharper connections.
4. Meditation Helps You Sleep Better
Because meditation is such a relaxing stress-relieving technique, it has an impact on your sleep patterns too. After practicing for some time, you will feel more rested and better-looking. You’ll enjoy your night sleep in a superior way. When you wake up, you will feel more energized than ever and ready to conquer the day.
Tip: if you want to see quicker results, make sure you’re in bed by 10:30 PM, regardless of what time you must wake up.
5. Meditation Increases Productivity
We already established that meditation helps you become mindful. So how does mindfulness relate to increased productivity? When you are present and aware, your focus level rises.
You are able to concentrate better on one task and fulfill it in half the time. You are concentrated on solving the problem you’re facing. There’s no multitasking for you; there are no distractions for you; it’s only you and your assignment/task/problem that must be solved.
6. Meditation Decreases Stress Levels
These are some of the benefits of meditation regarding stress level control:
- It recharges your batteries and increases your passion for life.
- It improves memory by increasing the circulation of your brain (thus, you start to realize when you’re stressed and handle the situation using a different approach).
- It calms you down.
- It slows down your aging process.
- It enhances your creativity and shows your innovative characteristics.
7. Meditation Releases Anxiety
What worries you daily does not worry you. What worries you is the thought of becoming worried about what you think worries you. As tricky as it might sound, this is the truth.
Your anxiety has its roots in excessive worrying about the past or future events. If you are living in the present moment, there is no way you can worry about anything else besides the present. You are free to live your life to the fullest and enjoy every single moment of it.
8. Meditation Is Loving Yourself
When you reach a certain spiritual level, there is little to no chance of going back to your past life. Your worries stop existing because you are always present. Your future brightens up because you’ve accepted everything that comes and goes out of your life. You are now in love with your life, and in love with yourself.
You don’t need anyone else in your life – you choose to take them in or to stop them at the front door. You are aware of your feelings and emotions moment by moment. You love yourself – and that’s the key to seizing the day.
Try meditation to increase your focus, productivity, release stress, and negative emotions, and become wiser and more understanding with yourself. Learn to love yourself unconditionally if you want others to love you. Good luck, my friend!