I picked-up meditation again after a long hiatus of almost twenty years.
In-between that time, I got married, moved five times, had three kids, adopted a bunch of dogs, started freelancing work, began two businesses and maybe lost my mind.
At times, my life feels like it’s just one stressful tumble after another; I am in constant hyper stress mode. I’m unable to concentrate, I have little patience and I start eating foods that are really terrible for me. It doesn’t help that my days are often riddled with debilitating anxiety attacks. Definitely not fun.
When I meditated in my 20’s I was more calm and relaxed. Maybe it also helped that I wasn’t in a house with six people, two dogs and two rats either, amiright?
I thought rediscovering mindful meditation would get me back on track towards a more gentle and peaceful state and maybe give my body a much needed break.
So what are the benefits of meditation?
Enriches concentration as well as multi tasking
Like having a good night’s sleep, meditation can help people concentrate more. Multi-tasking is also easier.
Inspires a healthy lifestyle
Meditation has helped a lot of people when it comes to their overall health and increases to inspire people to practice it. Tension related pain is lessened as well as blood pressure and anxiety attacks.
Enhances self awareness
For some people, meditation taught them to be more aware when it comes to their emotions and for some, they noticed they had more control over their anger issues.
When it comes to difficult situations in life, meditating can actually help you accept things a bit more easily. Meditation connects you with your inner self and when you keep on practicing it, the easier it is for you to accept certain situations no matter how hard it may seem.
Benefits cardiovascular and immune health
A better mind always leads to a better physical health and that is already proven scientifically. The better you feel about yourself, the more you try to appease that on your physical self and in turn, you will start eating healthy which makes your ability to ward off sickness better.
Want to start meditating today? Here are some great resources:
Also, UCLA has these incredible (and FREE) guided meditations available online.
Do you meditate? Let me know how meditation has helped you.