40 Reasons to Make Meditation Part of Your Life

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A lot of burning candles against dark blue backgroundDaily mediation has made a difference for me. It’s an important part of my life optimization journey and gets my day off to a positive start. Mediation refreshes my mind and stirs creative energy. It is also a wonderful way to end my day, as it provides relaxation and leads to a sound night of sleep.

Meditation allows you to tap into your spiritual side and get in touch with your deepest thoughts and desires. It’s a time when you can dream without limits and truly start to believe you can live the life of your dreams. It’s time that belongs solely to you!

Meditation looks different to different people; for some it’s sitting silently with their legs crossed and eyes closed, listening to the sound of their own breathing. For others it’s deep breathing and engaging in yoga poses. While someone else may finish up a turkey sandwich, put on headphones, and breathe deeply while listening to the sounds of wind chimes and waterfalls.

“Meditation is a proven method for stress reduction and has the potential to improve quality of life and decrease the cost of health care.”
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Meditation has become very popular in Western culture. It has many professional and personal benefits including increased productivity, reduction of stress and depression, and reduction of some common physical ailments such as headaches and muscle tension.

You can get started with meditation very easily! Here are a few basic elements needed to have an optimal meditation experience:

  • A relaxing environment
  • Focus on your energy
  • An open mind

Meditation Made Simple

Abstract asian backgrounds with pebble over wooden deskWhile mediation can involve complex poses and strenuous exercises, you can start with some simple methods and advance if you want.

  • Deep Breathing: Involves closing your eyes and focusing all of your attention on the experience of your breath filling your lungs and leaving your body. This is the basis of most meditative practices and many methods build on this.
  • Body Scanning: This method is used primarily for relaxation. It involves paying attention to different parts of your body in sequence, allowing yourself to tense and then relax each part, paying attention to how each part feels during the process.
  • Visualization: Entails closing your eyes and focusing your attention on an image of a peaceful place, such as a beach, a mountain, or a favorite hiking trail.
  • Guided Imagery: Involves listening to a teacher or a pre-recorded track to guide you through peaceful images and engage your senses.
  • Music: Involves listening to soothing sounds of bells, harps, stringed instruments, wind instruments, and nature sounds while focusing on your breathing.
  • Walking Meditation: Walking can be used as a form of meditation when the user focuses attention on the feeling of movement, allowing all other thoughts to pass by.
  • Positive Affirmations: Entails focusing on the positive thoughts that will help you accomplish your goals. Examples include, “I am successful,” “I am loved,” or “I can do anything I set my mind to.”
  • Reading Reflection or Quiet Time: Involves reading a poem, sacred text, or scripture and reflecting upon its meaning or personal impact.
  • Journaling: involves expressing your thoughts through writing. This is also an excellent way to get clarity on your feelings.

I have used all of these methods, occasionally combining a couple of different methods. It’s easy to work meditation into your schedule. Meditation does not have to take hours; 15 to 30 minutes a day can do wonders!

Meditation for Life Optimization!

music meditationHere are 40 benefits commonly associated with meditation that can improve your daily life.

  • #1 – Decreased heart rate, blood pressure, and cholesterol
  •  #2 – Improvements of symptoms of insomnia
  •  #3 – Reduction of symptoms of PMS
  •  #4 – Reduced thickness of artery walls, reducing risk of heart attack and stroke by 8 – 15% – project-meditation.org
  •  #5 – Reduced thickness of artery walls, reducing risk of heart attack and stroke by 8 – 15% – project-meditation.org
  •  #6 – Improvement of chronic pain symptoms
  •  #7 – Reduction of the distressing symptoms of asthma, allergies, depression, cancer, fatigue, and heart disease – mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/HQ01070
  •  #8 – Decreased muscle tension
  •  #9 – Improvements in levels of energy
  •  #10 – Increased immunity to fight off disease
  •  #11 – Reduction of free radicals, resulting in less tissue damage – ineedmotivation.com/blog/2008/05/100-benefits-of-meditation
  • #12 – Higher skin resiliency
  • #13 – Slowing of the ageing process
  • #14 – Decreased experiences of headaches and migraines
  •  #15 – Improvements in fertility as meditation helps regulate bodily hormones
  •  #16 – Decreased anxiety and nervousness
  •  #17 – Increased feelings of independence and confidence
  •  #18 – Causes the brain to age more slowly by increasing grey matter in the brain – sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/11/051110215950
  •  #19 – Increased creativity
  •  #20 – Increased ability to problem-solve
  •  #21 – Increased ability to concentrate
  •  #22 – Greater sense of self-awareness
  •  #23 – Reduction of negative thoughts
  •  #24 – Increased serotonin, resulting in improvements in mood and behavior
  •  #25 – Improved ability to learn new tasks
  •  #26 – Increased productivity
  •  #27 – Increased emotional stability
  •  #28 – Increased sense of intuition
  •  #29 – Increased ability to resist impulsive urges
  •  #30 – Increased job satisfaction
  •  #31 – Fewer distressing symptoms of mental illness
  •  #32 – Decreased feelings of aggression and road rage
  •  #33 – Improvements in listening skills
  •  #34 – Increased tolerance
  •  #35 – Increased ability to empathize with others and demonstrate compassion
  •  #36 – Increased sense of wisdom
  •  #37 – Ability to live in the present moment
  •  #39 – Increased ability to forgive others
  •  #40 – Increased sense of self-actualization or wholeness

Meditation is not a religious practice and does not require complex positions and poses. Now more than ever meditation is for everyone and can easily become part of your daily routine!

Which of the simple mediation methods mentioned above can you picture yourself incorporating into your life optimization journey?

Until next time,

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