You’re shooting yourself in the foot if you’re neglecting meditation. It isn’t just for hippies who want to be one with the Earth. Admittedly, I don’t have too much experience with meditation and I’m not an expert by any means. But I meditate consistently and have noticed these four main benefits.
1. It allows you to step back and better analyze situations
I find that there’s always something on my mind, and small issues can grow into big problems (in my head) if I let them. The situation can cloud my mental clarity and I can fall into repetitive thought patterns. These thought patterns don’t fix anything or improve my situation. They ruin my mood and remove me from the present moment. And in reality, I don’t have a big problem on my hands anyway.
I’m sure lot of people experience this, and meditation can distance you from these issues. By taking a brief break from thinking about them, you’ll return with a grounded perspective. I often come up with a quick course of action to address a minor problem once I’m done meditating.
2. It makes you calm and collected
Repetitive, obsessive thoughts can make you irritated, angry, anxious, sad, or (insert your common crappy mood here). Meditation allows you to accept the reality of your life. Things probably aren’t that bad. Other people have it much worse off than you do. This fresh perspective can put your mind and body at ease, which positively affects your reality and the people around you. Clearer insight brings you back to the present moment, allowing you to move forward with less of an (imagined) burden on your shoulders.
3. It increases your energy and creativity
After meditation, the mental fog will dissipate and you’ll have a clean mental slate to work with. Irrelevant thoughts will subside and your productivity will soar. Your mind will be fully engaged with the tasks in front of you.
4. It improves your physiology
All of these benefits combine to enhance your life. I recommend people meditate for at least 20 minutes every day. Whether it’s by decreasing your stress level, increasing your focus and energy, or simply requiring you to be disciplined and sit there for twenty minutes, it will make you a better person.
All I do is lie down on my couch or bed, close my eyes, and focus on my breathing. Your mind will wander and you will be absolutely terrible at it at first. Don’t beat yourself up. Over time, you will get better and you will enter a more consistently present state. This “meditative state” will cross over into your daily life and increasingly become the norm for you.
Who here meditates? How does it help you?
Let me know in the comments.