There are several things that I am grateful for that have changed my life. Amongst the goal setting experiences, and the revelations that came with it, there was another.
The experiences that I had that stemmed from meditation.
Even though I don’t meditate in the traditional fashion, meditating is still something that I do on a daily basis.
These days I use it to take a step back and relax. Not think about any problems or where I’m at with my life. It’s a time for my brain to recharge and let whatever thoughts I have come to me.
At the same time, meditating can be used for a variety of other things and also comes with a slew of benefits for you as well.
Give it a try.
“Learn this from water: loud splashes the brook but the oceans depth are calm.” — Buddha
Many studies have been conducted around meditation and a good number of them explores meditation and stress. Meditation is actually a core activity in reducing stress.
Even though stress is all from the head, that’s actually the point.
- Stress as we know comes from us worrying or putting emphasis on particular things unnecessarily.
- By meditating we can actually go back and take a subjective look at what is stressing us.
- This in turn can help in reducing stress as we can learn to breathe and approach those stressful situations piece by piece rather than all at once.
Encourages Healthy Lifestyles
“The trouble is, you think you have time.” — Buddha
The other thing meditating does is that promotes a healthy lifestyle. Through meditation comes a deeper understanding of ourselves along with a compassion to better take care of ourselves. After all if we are looking after our mind, it makes sense to look after our body as well.
Deepens Understanding Of Yourself
“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” — Buddha
Another benefit that I want to expand on is that meditating provides a deeper understanding of yourself. Meditating forces us to look at ourselves. Some even say meditating is an act of communicating to your higher self.
But regardless of that fact, it still is connecting you to something deeper within. There are people who meditate and as a result can better connect with other people. That may be because they have a deeper understanding of who they are.
This is the same concept as understanding yourself through hustling. You can do the same thing with meditating.
Meditating can also help you overcome trauma as well.
Back when I was meditating in the traditional sense, I devoted that time to going back through my memories and filtering them.
I did this because for a long time I used to be plagued with flashes of past memories. They weren’t particularly traumatic, however they were things that I dwelled on at times that made me feel down.
It’s enough that if if I milked it for a long time it would only drag me down.
I was able to overcome them by taking time to look at them and determine whether they were worth worrying over.
This I tested while I meditated.
I was quick to realize that a lot of the past traumas I had had no merit to what I’m doing now.
As a result, I worked on soothing over that trauma and growing from the experiences.
I still get flashes at times, but they aren’t as prominent. No longer do I completely freeze up.
The last benefit is that meditating boosts happiness.
Through meditating you have a deeper understanding of yourself.
But from there, you have a better grasp of what you need to do to be happier.
Furthermore with my previous benefit you know now meditating is a good coping mechanism you can use to break down barriers. You can do the same with excuses and any doubts, finding out why you are doing those things and sooth them over.
Meditating could be the literal key for some people to unlocking a new potential and a happier life.
Seriously devote some time to meditating a bit. Even 10 minutes every day can do you a lot of good.
Furthermore you can meditate while on the go. If you walk to work or take transit, devote a bit of time to it. You’ll be glad you did.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
This post is part of an 3 month writing challenge that I’m committing myself to. Every day for 3 months, I’ll be writing articles with specific criteria in mind. You can learn all about my reasoning as well as what that criteria is right here. This is 50 of 91 of this series.
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