You want to start a meditation practice … but …
You have to be at the office early
Your kids need to get to day-care
You need to make breakfast—and dinner
You like to work out in the morning
These excuses are all valid because you have a busy life.
But guess what? You still have time to meditate.
And here are 8 reasons why you should:
- Makes you happier – Meditation causes the pituitary gland in our brain to secrete endorphins that help elevate mood and have a positive effect on the whole body.
- Reduces stress – Endorphins also act as a means of reducing stress levels in the brain.
- Helps you focus – Meditating allows you to learn how to discipline yourself. When you address tasks, your mind will focus more naturally and you will experience an increased efficiency.
- Improves sleep – Scientific studies have shown that those who meditate enhance their slow wave sleep pattern – they sleep more soundly throughout the night.
- Lowers blood pressure – Meditation can reduce blood pressure, both in the moment of meditation and throughout the rest of the day.
- Relieves Pain – Those who meditate will experience lower pain sensitivity. Mindfulness, a result of meditation, can also help those who suffer chronic pain.
- Connects you with others – While it is true that meditation is mostly concentrated on self-growth, it also improves our social interaction. The mind becomes more sharply focused on compassionate feelings that are directed towards others.
- Strengthens your aura – Practicing meditation increases your positive energy, which effectively makes you more pleasant to be around. People naturally gravitate towards positivity.
OK – How Do You Meditate?
- Sit for just 5 minutes. Increase by 2 minutes every couple of days until you’ve reached your time goal.
- Try to do it at the same time each day. Morning is ideal
- Don’t get caught up in the how – just do it. Don’t worry about where to sit, or how to sit. Just sit somewhere comfortable and quiet, rest your hands in your lap and be still.
- Be mindful of your breathing. Slow and steady wins the meditation race.
- Come back when you wander. Your mind will wander. You’ll start thinking about school lunches and the day ahead. Here’s how you refocus: make a big, broad smile, take a deep breath roll your shoulders and you’re back in the game.
- Wrap it up. At the end of your session, blink a few times, roll your shoulders, smile and lastly, express gratitude for this most important time of your day.