Shift your perspective on Meditation.
These days we are bombarded with the whole idea that we should be meditating, but a lot of us have no idea how to get started, how to actually DO it, and how to maintain a practice. We try and sit in silence with no thoughts, and of course that doesn’t work. We get frustrated, we think we’re wasting our time, and we start writing the story that “meditation doesn’t work for me”. “I’m not seeing these benefits that everybody talks about, so I must not be able to do it right.” So we give up, and never try a different approach.
This is yourself, begging you to try again. There are over 3,000 scientific studies on the many benefits of meditation. Incase you haven’t heard of the benefits of meditation, just to name a few:
- Reduced stress, fear, anxiety and depression
- Increased immunity
- Increased mental strength and focus
- Increased memory retention and recall
- Better cognitive skills and creative thinking
- Increases optimism, relaxation and awareness
- Improved mood and psychological well being
When was the last time you scheduled time to do nothing? Absolutely nothing, giving your mind a break. You shut down your computer at night; you get an oil change in your car, but you don’t give your mind a break. On average our minds are lost in thought 47% of the time. We spend nearly half of our life not present in the current moment.
Most people assume meditation is all about stopping thoughts, getting rid of emotions, and somehow controlling the mind. But in reality, meditation is more about stepping back, seeing the thought clearly, acknowledging the thoughts coming and going with no judgment, a focused relaxation without involvement.
You CAN train your brain to meditate to create a happier, healthier life. You can add mindfulness to every day activities. Studies have indicated that meditating even 10 minutes a day for a few weeks was already enough to start experiencing benefits.
In fact you don’t even need to meditate for 10 minutes a day, if that seems overwhelming enough to you, start smaller. You can meditate everywhere, anytime.
Over the coming weeks, I am going to expose you to different forms of meditation, one at a time, so you can experiment with each, and hopefully find one you like. Because that is a crucial part to creating a sustainable lifestyle habit, actually liking it.