Meditation has been proven to make you happier. In addition meditation has been proven to reduce Anxiety, Chronic pain, Depression, Headaches, High blood pressure, Insomnia, Migraines, Stress, Life-threatening physical illnesses, Recovery from accident or illness and A sense of lack of belonging or purpose.
The direct benefits of meditation can also include:
- Improved physical, emotional and mental health;
- Focused and clear thinking;
- Improved memory;
- Enhancing a sense of self and personal presence;
- Increased emotional balance;
- Greater relaxation and ease;
- More equanimity in the face of challenges;
- Satisfaction in life; and
- An improved sense of spiritual fulfillment and awakening.
I have been meditating on-and-off for several years with my first real experience at a silent retreat in India in 2004. Over the past 3 years I have meditated on a much more regular basis and feel the benefits on a personal level (I also know how I feel when I haven’t meditated for a while).
When I meditate regularly I function at a higher level personally and professionally, make better decisions and am calmer and happier.
To start seeing and feeling the benefits of meditation you can choose any of the following:
Firstly though, turn off all electronic equipment and remove all distractions including asking family members or house mates not to interrupt.
> Close your eyes and sit in absolute silence for 10 minutes. If possible do not move any muscle in your body. Repeat each day. You can also increase the time by 5 minutes each week as you become more comfortable and confident meditating.
> Download meditation music e.g. The sounds of the beach, forest birds or instrumental sounds, set your timer and sit in silence for 10 to 30 minutes each day. Repeat daily.
> Download a guided meditation from an online store – e.g. Dr Joe Dispenza has some 40 minute to 1hr guided meditations which I use, however, I do recommend reading his book/s first (You are the Placebo and Breaking the Habit of being yourself), especially if you are new to meditation.
Meditating first thing in the morning when you wake up or just before you go to bed has the greatest benefits, however, if you need clarity during the day then that is the perfect time to invest the time connecting with your heart and mind.
Have fun and enjoy the increased clarity.
Love and light,