There are many ways to describe what meditation is. We could see it as a practice intended for quieting the mind and getting in touch with our deeper Self. Or we can see it as a rest, or a training. We could approach meditation from the spiritual corner- or practical. While it may seem like a simple activity, the benefits of meditation are numerous and well-documented. In this post, we will explore is meditation worth the time and effort and how to incorporate it into your daily routine.
When you begin to meditate, you may notice changes right away. You may feel less anxious or more present in your everyday tasks, more joyful or faster intellectually. Or you may not see any changes at all, in the beginning that is. It’s important to understand that the time frame in which those changes will appear is highly individual. This is the main reason why people give up the practice so quickly: sky-high expectations and the same-day-delivery mindset.
Meditation is a long-term exercise that gradually reorganizes the mind over time by resolving conflicting patterns, optimizing distraction filters, and straightening focus. These changes can take weeks, months, or even years to occur, as they involve fundamental changes to the way the mind operates. In other words, meditation is a practice that can have lasting benefits, but it takes time and consistent effort to see those benefits.
How To Do Meditation?
There are many ways to practice meditation, you can do it sitting in a chair or a lotus pose. Laying down or even walking. It’s training for the focus, so feeling relaxed is essential. The key is to focus on one thing- object, thought or a bodily sensation and keep returning your focus to that thing every time your mind wonders… And it will. A lot. I cover this subject in detail in my free e-book How To Start Meditating, you can get it here.
- Stress reduction: When we meditate, we are able to calm our minds and bodies, which helps to reduce the production of stress hormones like cortisol. Which then leads to a sense of relaxation and can even help to improve symptoms of anxiety disorders, PTSD and depression. (link, link, link)
- Physical health benefits: The studies have shown the major pain reduction and improved cardiovascular health. Better immune function, improved PMS, and even a slower aging process. (link, link, link)
- Improved focus and concentration: By training our minds to stay focused on a single point or activity, we can improve our ability to concentrate and pay attention to the present moment. This can be especially beneficial in our fast-paced, multitasking world, where it can be difficult to stay focused. (link, link, link, link)
- Increased happiness: When we take the time to focus on the present moment and let go of negative thoughts and emotions, we can experience a sense of contentment and joy. (link)
- Increased self-awareness: And finally, meditation has shown to increase self awareness, When we take the time to sit quietly and focus on our thoughts and emotions, we become more aware of our inner selves. This can help us to better understand our motives, behaviors, and habits, and can even lead to personal growth and transformation. (link)
Incorporating meditation into your daily routine can be as simple as setting aside a few minutes each day to sit quietly and focus your mind. While it may take some time and effort to set up a regular meditation practice, the benefits are well worth it. So why not give it a try and see how meditation can improve your life?