In this post, I’m going to be talking about the importance of meditation.
I came across the practice of meditation around a year and a half ago.
Since then, I have tried my best to meditate at least twice a week. As we approach a new year, one of my resolutions is definitely to meditate a lot more than I usually do. I like to use the free guided meditations on this website. I find myself meditating usually before I go to bed because it usually takes some time for me to fall asleep (there are usually a million things going through my mind as I prepare for sleep).
Personally, I find meditation to be quite a liberating experience. When I meditate in the morning, it sets me up for the day and I’m able to maintain positive vibes throughout the day. As I’m more spiritual, when I meditate I like to see the experience as communicating a higher power. I find that I’m able to confidently affirm my hopes, dreams and goals for the present and the future. One thing I would like to start doing is reflecting on my meditations.
Here are five reasons why I think it is very important to meditate…
- It increases acceptance – When you mediate, you should be able to reflect on all the happenings of your day or week (whether they are good or bad). Practising acceptance is learning to avoid craving. Craving is when we long for something and longing for something that we do not have can make us incredibly unhappy. Acceptance is all about being present, accepting who you are and being happy with who you are and what is currently happening in your life.
- It improves concentration – As a millennial, I will put my hands up and admit that I do find it very difficult to concentrate at times. There are way too many distractions on a day to day basis (work events, personal life, use of social media etc etc) and meditation allows you to take time out and clear your mind. Never feel guilty for taking 10-15 minutes to put yourself first. That’s what self care is really about!
- It reduces stress – Year after year, stress has been cited as one of the top causes of sick days for professionals all over the world. It’s very easy to succumb to stress and unfortunately, if not managed well enough, stress can have emotional, physical and mentally destroying effects. To relieve stress through meditation, I would recommend that you focus on your breathing. Take deep, slow and calm breaths. I am a huge fan of the app Pacifica and they are some really good free meditation exercises which focus on breathing. If your not a fan of apps, then YT have a lot of videos that you may find helpful.
- It improves sleep – It has been proven that people who meditate sleep much better than those who don’t. Meditation increases the production of serotonin (this is the hormone that regulates sleeping patterns). Sound sleep is very important for the body so if you find yourself consistently being deprived of sleep then meditation may be the key. (Have a look at the website that I shared above for meditations for sleep)
- It increases calmness – The more you meditate, the calmer you will become. People who practice meditation are more likely to shrug off negative occurrences throughout the day. You are able to control your thought process a lot more and you definitely gain the power to pick your battles wisely.
When it comes to meditation, I would say take your time because it’s not going to have the desired effect immediately. I meditate using YT videos from time to time and there are some I find that just don’t do it for me (and that’s o.k). Do your research too. You may find that something works for a friend but doesn’t have the same effect for you. You can also meditate with a variety of issues in mind such as: meditating for positivity, to forgive others, to make better life choices, to challenge negative thoughts etc etc.
Thank you for reading and I hope you have enjoyed this post.
Feel free to share your meditation experiences. Do you enjoy meditating?
Did it have the effect you thought it would?