The outside world is constantly trying to convince you you’re not enough. But you don’t have to take that bait. Meditation helps you resist.OPRAH WINFREY
Meditation Series: Part 3 of 3
So did you all “find out for yourself what is true and virtuous” from my last blog post? Have you started a meditation practice of your own?
Maybe if I tell you about the benefits of meditation then you will start meditating, or feel more motivated to continue your practice, or, maybe not. What I do invite you to do is to be open, and as Buddha said, “Don’t believe anything you see, read, or hear from others” but try it out for yourself. By the end of this blog post I hope you find something virtuous to give meditation a try because there are so many benefits that come from calming the mind.
5 RESONS TO START MEDITATING
There are so many benefits to meditation. Below I will outline my top 5 Reasons why meditation is so beneficial for the body, mind, and soul.
1. to be more mindful
Mindfulness is the practice of intentionally focusing our attention on the present moment and accepting every thought and feeling without judgement. Meditation calls us to be mindful because it encourages us to be an observer of our internal thoughts and emotions. When we observe our breath, our middle way , our thoughts, and our emotions we begin to understand ourselves better. We start to pay attention to our thoughts and why they come up. We begin to accept ourselves and that we are enough. We also begin to notice the reoccurring ideas and feelings that preoccupy our time and learn to let them go without reacting to them.
Being more mindful allows us to becomes friends with our emotions, thus allowing us to understand ourselves. This then allows us to understand others. When we are more aware of our own feelings and thoughts we learn to be more aware of the feelings and thoughts of others.
2. TO be more empathetic
A by-product of being more mindful through meditation is becoming more empathetic. After we learn to observe and be more aware of our own emotions and letting them go without judgment, we will be less likely to judge other people. Rather, we learn to understand other people’s emotions and their suffering. By not being hard on ourselves, it becomes easier to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes instead of reacting and letting our emotions take over.
3. to be neutral, no matter the situation
A side-effect of empathy through meditation is the ability to remain calm no matter the situation. Meditating allows us to observe and let go of all of our thoughts and emotions without reacting to them. As a result, when we experience unfavourable situations in our daily life, we can observe them with neutrality so that we can make rational decisions. This helps us live a happier and calmer life where we act instead of react.
4. TO Enhance focus and CREATIVITY
A result of being neutral and calm through our meditation practice we remain more focused on our goals. Being an observer of our thoughts and emotions allows us to see through distractions and not allow them to preoccupy our mind. This allows us to redirect our thoughts on our aspirations and use this energy to be more creative and to come up with new ideas. It is not a surprise that the world’s top CEOs meditate regularly.
5. TO develop intuition
When we become more focused as a result of meditating, we begin to strengthen neurological pathways in our brains that help us develop our intuition. Simply put, intuition is our “inner voice”, our conscience, or our “Jiminy Cricket” (I love the Disney movie Pinocchio, don’t you?). Our inner voice guides us and helps us decide right from wrong and helps us realize what does and doesn’t serve us. When we meditate, observe our thoughts and emotions, learn to let them go, and be more mindful, we clear our thoughts of all the “noise” and begin to awaken our inner voice. When our mind is clear and all the “chatter” dissipates, we notice that there are no coincidences; we start to tap into our subconscious mind to awaken our super-powerful, yet sometimes dormant intuition.
is meditation for me?
The only way to know if meditating and its benefits are for you is to try it out for yourself. As I said in the first blog post of this series, there are so many types of meditation and so many benefits in addition to the five I mentioned above. Although we can all do the same type of meditation, the benefits and experiences we have when observing our thoughts and emotions will always be very personal.
Sometimes meditation is hard, sometimes it’s easy; sometimes we cannot remain still and sometimes we are statues; sometimes we let our emotions take over and sometimes we become friends with them.
I encourage you to give meditation a try if you have never meditated before and see if it is for you. If you are stuggling with your practice, as I do, I invite you to continue because it is a practice after all, not perfection. And always remember “Don’t believe anything you see, read, or hear from others… Find out for yourself what is true and virtuous”.
Do you want to know more about my meditation practice? You can see more in my Self-Care Highlights and Stories on my Instagram page. Let me know how your meditation progress is coming along by using the hashtag #intheNO and tagging me on Instagram.
As always, I look forward to feedback. What did you want more or less of? Do you want to know about some helpful tips on continuing your meditation practice? Let me know in the comments below.
Yours in meditation,
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