Do you feel like you’re always rushing around, caring for others and doing things for everyone else – but have no time for yourself? If so, today’s post, 5 Quick Reasons Why You Should Try Meditation Now! is just for you!
How many times have you laid awake – stressed-out as you mentally go over what happened at work?
Or have you ever woken up, frazzled and frantic as you gaze at the clock and realise you have overslept! and there is no way, you will complete the report you took home to work on, and get to work on time?
Maybe, you are anxious and concerned how your daughter is getting on at college, you want to call her yet don’t want to get in her way!
I know from personal experience how “bad news” can quickly turn your world upside down!
Life gets in the way of your best-laid plans and ambitions.
Priorities change overnight and you either sink or swim.
No matter how much you try to control a situation and force things to happen, sometimes the only thing you can do is to “go with the flow”, give your best and hope things turn out for the best.
When you are in this position and feel life is spinning out of control, what can you do to cope and reduce the effects of stress?
How can you show up at work, care for your family and have enough time for your friends when you feel penned in, unable to find a way around or through your current situation?
Meditation May Be The Answer
Meditation is easy and you feel the benefits straight away.
Thankfully, there are various meditation techniques you can use to clear and refocus your mind when you feel overwhelmed and everything feels out of balance.
What Is Meditation?
One of the most precise descriptions is offered by the blogger and meditation teacher Giovanni Dienstman of the blog Live and Dare.
In his article, What is Meditation and How to Start, Giovanni states:
“Meditation is a mental exercise of [focusing your] attention.
It is practised either by focusing attention on a single object, internal or external (focused attention meditation) or by paying attention to whatever is predominant in your experience in the present moment, without allowing the attention to get stuck on any particular thing (open monitoring meditation).”
Two Types of Meditation
Thus, there are two modes of meditation: concrete (known as saguna), and abstract (nirguna).
- Concrete meditation, you focus on an image, a picture, or another external object. For example, you might focus on a rose or a religious or spiritual image.
- Abstract form of meditation, you meditate on an idea or concept, such as love, beauty, or peace.
Now that you know what meditation is, lets look at the five quick reasons you need to meditate to relieve stress, and help you make clearer decisions.
There are many benefits gained from learning how to meditate.
It is the ideal tool to help you regain control, feel better and get clarity when you feel overwhelmed, stressed and stuck.
Here are five quick benefits gained from meditation.
Your Health Improves
Daily meditation practice enables you to start your day off on the right foot.
When you meditate you allow all thoughts to sink into the background as you enter into a calm quiet inner space. From here, you are confident, clearer, and more able to focus and make better decisions.
You Get Quality Me-Time
A daily meditation practice forms part of your self-care and self-loving routine.
It is the perfect way to get your “Me-Time”- especially if you feel overwhelmed, exhausted and running on empty.
Here is an easy self-care meditation you can listen to.
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Or, for example, you can also go for a walk in your local park or walk along a quiet tree-lined street in your neighbourhood and meditate as you walk.
You Smile and Laugh More Often
Meditation enables you to put your worries and cares into perspective.
Yes, stuff happens and life gets you down, yet even a two-minute meditation break lightens and elevates your mood. You feel more at ease in yourself and don’t worry so much about trying to control and fit in.
You Learn to Trust Your Feelings
The more you meditate, the easier it becomes for you to learn to trust your instincts.
If you feel unsure, unhappy about something or someone has upset you, sit still for a few minutes, breathe and allow that negativity to ease out with each out- breath.
You Feel Happier, and it’s Easier To Love, Forgive and Connect with Others
Meditation is, in essence, a solitary experience.
You can meditate in a group and experience that group energy but ultimately you sit alone, even when you are part of a group.
The longer you meditate, the more you value and appreciate your own space.
You gain a deeper perspective and sense of connection with others. It’s crazy to image, but once you’ve got in the swing of meditating, you will sense this humane connection with others, especially if you practice a loving-kindness meditation.
Life happens, your plans and priorities change and its easy to feel frustrated and overwhelmed. Rather than feel uncomfortable and stuck, try meditation, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the difference it makes to your life!
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