Meditation – is it really the missing link in our fast paced world?
What are the Benefits of Meditation?
It just seems so hokey pokey! Thats what I thought! I would always say “ I cant meditate, me and my ADHD mind going a million miles a minute (news to me, thats why I needed to and that it would actually help me)!
Over the past 2 years I have been on my own meditation discovery and journey. I wanted to find out what meditation was really all about!
So I began with Oprah and Deepak…cause where else do you start – OPRAH!
I did one of the 21 day meditation challenges and I committed that no matter what I was going to listen to one a day. And the journey began…
Ok, so I really don’t know what I was expecting but heres what happened – I fell asleep, ha!
This wasn’t a huge surprise to me considering about 15 years ago in my first “yoga” class I found myself lying on the floor with my girlfriend kicking me and telling me in the quietest voice possible that I was snoring!
So I changed positions, this time not lying down. I was able to listen to the entire thing, but not without a million thoughts bombarding my mind. But day by day I stuck to it, and here is what i noticed…
I was noticing how busy my mind was.
I noticed I was more aware of how I was feeling.
I noticed it was creating a sense of peace and calming within me.
I noticed that I was feeling more prepared for my day – as if my brain had room to think.
I noticed, I was getting good at this!
Then one morning I woke up feeling a little off, I made my coffee, poured my bath (thats where I meditate now, I for sure wont fall asleep!), and turned on Oprah and Deepak…what was wrong with me? I couldn’t focus if my life depended on it! This lead me to think that that I just wasn’t cut out for this and then I read something that was so freeing!
“The practice of meditation is not one that you ever arrive, but you practice. It is about being in this very moment and the moment that you are aware that you are in the moment, you no longer are. At that point all you do is be aware of it and guide yourself back to your breathing. The moment that you recognize you are thinking about something else just notice this and guide yourself back.” (I have no idea where I read this, but I am thinking it may have been one of Eckhardt Tolle’s books).
This enabled me to allow myself just to be, and to become more aware of what was happening in my brain, but without the stillness, I would not be able to come to the point of awareness. A quiet mind is a focused mind, and thats just what I need.
Here are some more scientifically based benefits of meditation:
Fights Depression, Anxiety & Memory Loss
Aids in PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Improved Academic Performance
Helps to Regulate emotions
Aids in Weight Loss
Decreases Effects of Cold and Flu
In addition to reducing stress and boosting relaxation, research suggests mindfulness can lower stress induced inflammation which contributes to many physical aliments including Chronic Pain, Irritable Bowel Disease, Heart Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
WHO KNEW, there were so many benefits to this simple practice.
Do you have a meditation practice? If so I would love to hear what works for you. If you need some more tips check out the book “unplug by Suze Yalof Schwartz” such a good little read.