” The thing about meditation is: You become more and more you”
I’ve been meditating for 6 months. I don’t write this article as an expert but as a mere practitioner of the art of Meditation. This has nothing to do with religious beliefs and it far away from faith. It has to do with your spiritual and physical connection, your health, happiness, and empowerment. Your inner self and the way that Meditation if done right can benefit you tremendously in your everyday life.
While there are many ways to meditate, concluding to many different meditation methods, this article focused on standard breathing meditation through the use of relaxed music, different meditation phone applications or simply nothing at all.
By writing this piece I invite you, the reader, to try to meditate for at least 10 minutes every day, for a week. It’s no mystery that great leaders, successful people of all kinds, athletes and regular people all try this.
1. Calming Anxiety
One of the first benefits of meditation is the ability to slowly calm your anxieties. With time and effort, depending on how you meditate and where you place your focus to, you will be able to slowly clear your stress away and embrace the current moment without worrying about past or future events. A more calm self will arise and you will be able to see things from a different, more relaxed point of view opening yourself to better reactions and decisions.
Probably the most important benefit, but without a doubt the most needed one is Mindfulness. When you start meditating you will learn how to really pay attention to the present moment. If you are using any phone application, (i.e Calm), after a few sessions you will be more mindful. You will notice things that prior to meditation where invisible to you like a painful joint or something that was bothering you every day but couldn’t understand it root. You will be able to clear the ”trash” and take notice of your thoughts without judgement. That immediately will remove any burden from your mind and body while you will be instantly more energetic, free and happy.
3. Clarity Of Thinking
In connection with Mindfulness, comes clarity of thoughts. With effective meditation practice, you will learn how to notice thoughts without judgement. From that point on thinking patterns that may have affected you in the past negatively, will now mean nothing more than what they are. You will now be able to understand that you create the label of your thoughts (i.e positive, negative), and move forward while clearing out unimportant thoughts and focusing on what really matters.
As mentioned above, sports teams, successful people, and leaders use meditation. Rest assured that many of them use it especially for the benefit of focus. Through deep meditation, and learning to focus on only one thing (most of the time your breath) you are able to take that clear, and useful focused mentality in your day. You will be able to focus on things that matter the most while giving less and less value to others. Apart from that, you will now be able to have a greater attention span on your tasks and goals, while acting on them with greater ability, capacity, and skill.
Most people have a troubled breathing pattern. Through meditation, you learn how to manipulate your breathing. You understand that the way you breathe, your form, your rhythm and your pace essentially sets your mood.
How many times were you be able to relax after slowing down your breath?
How many times have you noticed yourself, holding your breath unconsciously while you were nervous or even breathing frantically when angry?
Practising meditation is the perfect way to alter and enhance your breathing and finally start controlling your breath, making your brain and body healthier and more efficient.
6. Lowering Blood Pressure
Meditation brings your heart rate to normal and reduces blood pressure. As written below:
Taking a few minutes to relax each day could help you lower your risks of cardiovascular disease.
But that “fight or flight” response can take a toll on your body if it’s sustained over a long time.“When we were cavemen, that adrenaline helped us be ready if a tiger was going to attack,” Dr. Stein said. “Today, all the tigers are in our heads.”
For people with cardiovascular disease, meditation provides a technique for reducing stress and focusing on things they can do to be healthier, Dr. Stein said. “Meditation is a way of allowing you to come to balance in your life,” Dr. Stein said. “It can also help you to sleep better, which is a very important restorative part of physical health.”
Recent studies have offered promising results about the impact of meditation in reducing blood pressure. A 2012 study showed African-Americans with heart disease who practiced Transcendental Meditation regularly were 48 percent less likely to have a heart attack or stroke or die compared with African-Americans who attended a health education class over more than five years.
7. Balancing the Nervous System
One of the first things I experienced when Meditation became a daily habit was how calm I was. This was deeper that my anxiety been vanquished or my breathing being regulated. My Nervous System was balanced. I was now able to be in a relaxed and empowered position all day.
By practising meditation, and gaining all the benefits listed above your nervous system will start to be balanced and you will be much happier, you will have little to no mood swings and your hormones will be elevated.
Often times people bypass a very important benefit of meditation and that is the connection between your mind and body.
With meditation, you will be able to align your whole self into one action. You will be releasing stress, and tensions while creating an eternal bond between what your mind wants to do and what your body actually does, a phenomenon acquired in working out as well. Through this deep relation between your body and mind, you are now a better person, recognizing when something feels off in your body, your relationships, your environment and all areas of life.
Make no mistake, with meditation, your connection to the world is increased.
Through the calmness of meditation and the variety of benefits, you will slowly start to release yourself from things that in the past held you back. With this, you will learn to cherish and enjoy life, love the way it unfolds. But most importantly you will learn to be ok and furthermore, love your own existence, be your own best supporter.
Things that are often times the best, leading us to happiness are dismissed because we have not yet learned how to see them. With meditation hopefully you will stop bringing yourself down and start enjoying who you are, resulting in a deep love of one’s self.
In direct correlation with the above meditation will teach you gratitude.
By being a better, more calm, more focused and mindful individual you will finally have more gratitude for all the events and experiences you accumulate in life.
Now, living will no longer be a mere existence but a journey that brings something new every day.
It is easy to focus on the things we want to achieve or obtain, which leads to regularly neglect all the amazing things we have right now. By focusing on the moment, on your meditation, with time you will ground yourself and be grateful for all you are and all you can become.
Meditation is a beautiful experience. Practice makes perfect, and if you make it a daily habit the benefits you will accumulate will furthermore lead to a better, more vibrant, calm and happy person. Somebody with a different reaction to circumstances, who is now free of past anxieties and fears, while mindful of all that he has and all that he can achieve. But remember without putting the work in, nothing can be achieved. You ought to make this a daily habit or at least do it as often as possible in order to reap the fruits of your meditation.