It’s almost easier to explain what meditation is NOT rather than what it actually is. I used to think meditation was sitting criss-cross applesauce for 30 minutes in complete and utter silence, just breathing and possibly chanting words in another language. I’m happy to know that I was wrong in my assumption about meditation. After some exploration and learning, I’ve discovered 7 reasons why I should keep doing it:
- It calms my nervous system, which makes me less prone to stress, panic attacks, and spiraling emotions. The whole non-stop doing stuff and self-sacrifice can be boiled down to me not wanting to be left alone with my thoughts, which is another thing I thought meditation was. Again, I’m happy to say that it’s not.
- True meditation enables me to get out of my head and into my body, feeling my being more and being controlled by my thoughts less.
- It allows me to enjoy the present moment now. In that moment I’m just being and not worrying about tomorrow or yesterday. It’s the perfect moment to just let my soul smile.
- True meditation allows my brain to rest from over analyzing the universe and just relax. This allows us to access our subconscious thoughts and beliefs; we can root out the ones that no longer serve us.
- It allows me to align all the neural networks from the intuitive eye, to the heart and gut, which helps me not be so indecisive.
- When I do meditate, I find that I’m much more tolerant and less irritated by other people’s behaviors.
- All in all, with a more relaxed mind and a clearer focus, I can do less and yet still achieve so much more.
Start for 2 minutes a day. Go ahead and accept that those 2 minutes won’t happen every day at first. It’s perfectly normal and acceptable to be a little bit inconsistent for the first 3 to 6 months. Don’t beat yourself up; we all have to start somewhere. I still miss a day or two here and there, but I definitely notice a difference between the days I do meditate for a few minutes and the days I don’t.
Einstein said: Your mind is a dangerous master, but a faithful servant.
I believe meditation is a great way to train our minds, as it takes dedication and practice. It has positive effects; the more we do it, the more we can benefit from it. I truly do encourage you to try. Just start small and be open to all of the peaceful possibilities that meditation can bring.
P.s. Below is a teaching video of a form of Tapping that I’ve come to rely on. I personally do this sort of tapping while sitting in a comfortable position and close my eyes, but you can do it standing like in the video as well.