There is so much scientific proof that meditation is good for you, in so many ways. Here are 8 benefits written by Kristine Crane in an article she published in the Huffington Post:
- Reduces stress
- Improves concentration
- Encourages a healthy life style
- Increases self-awareness
- Promotes happiness
- Increases acceptance
- Slows aging
- Improves cardiovascular and immune health
Despite all of these benefits, it's still a challenge for me to maintain a consistent habit of meditating 15+ minutes each day. I have just as many excuses not to meditate to match the number of benefits of meditating. Bottom line is I just don’t make it a priority---or don’t believe it should be a priority. I’m sure I’m not alone with this struggle. But, I’m back on track because I discovered the real reason to meditate.
The real reason to meditate
One day I was listening to a great pod cast by Michael Stone. (Michael is one of my favorite yoga and meditation teachers. He has an extensive library of amazing pod casts of live talks he has given at workshops and retreats. I highly recommend you check it out---they are free!) In this particular pod cast Michael stated that meditating is your time---it’s just for you. It’s time you give to yourself to just be. This really resonated with me---he was right. Meditating is my time to just be alone with no distractions (except for my wandering mind, of course), no expectations and no need to react to my thoughts. There is nothing I have to do, be or say during this time, just sit there and breathe.
A shift in perspective
This way of looking at meditating completely shifted my perspective and helped me make my meditation practice a priority. My feelings toward meditation shifted from “I should meditate today” to “I’m so excited to meditate today!” Totally new mindset. Now I feel lucky to dedicate 15+ minutes each day to just do nothing! Plus it is a healthy habit for my body, mind and soul. What a gift.
I hope my “ahha” moment helps shift your perspective so you too will enjoy meditating every day and the gifts this practice brings you.
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Written by OM Matters founder, Tambra Wayne