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Benefits Of Meditation

May 11, 2017

I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be interested in meditation, until recently. I've come across the benefits of meditation  a lot in the last year and a half in my readings and videos, but never really embraced it. I thought I couldn't and didn't need it in my life on a regular basis. I had a few misconceptions about it and now I know they are not true.

Here's what I thought:

1) Only gifted, really spiritual people do it.

2) Only people with time do it.

3) There is no way I can sit without my thoughts racing through my head.

4) It's a waste of time

5) You need special skills to meditate

None of this is true and quite the opposite.

Anyone can do it! You do have time for it, It's not a waste of time, we can all quiet our minds, and no special skills required.

All you need is your heart and breath.

You don't even have to be sitting still.

The first time I witnessed someone meditating was about 20 years ago. I was at work, we were waiting for our checks, and a co-worker decided to meditate while we waited. It was a long wait. She simply said she would be meditating and closed her eyes, and just like that she tuned us out. I stared at her in amazement. How on earth was this lady able to sit so still and quiet while we were yapping away? Well she did, and she was completely calm and relaxed.  It was a complete mystery to me and it stayed that way until now.

I block out a few minutes in the morning, sit down in a comfortable chair and listen to a guided meditation on YouTube. There are loads of them, so you can just pick the one that fits you.

Here are some ways people meditate:

1) Sitting in a comfy chair.

2) Laying down comfortably (not for me because I will just fall asleep).

3) Ok, this one is a big one for me. I really really dislike housework, especially cleaning toilets and bathtubs. I know I'm not alone in this, so this is a gift to many out there. Supposedly you can find peace and also quiet your mind by doing mindless things like folding socks, scrubbing a bathtub, and vacuuming! Yes, it's true. I know it's hard to believe you can actually enjoy doing housework. Who knew?!

4) Doing something you love and immersing yourself in it is a form of meditation too.

5) Dancing to your favorite music.

I have committed to trying this while I'm folding clothes and vacuuming. As I said earlier I have also set aside a few minutes in the morning for sitting in my comfy chair and listening to guided meditation. It works!

It is not a myth. Quieting your mind does help. It has helped me start my day positively and in a much better mood. I look forward to it everyday now.

Meditation goodies:

1) Feeling Energized

2) Being Calm & Relaxed

3) Having less clutter in your head

4) Getting insight

Don't wait. Start Now.

Christine Pavlina does a wonderful job at explaining the benefits. She reminds us that even just focusing on your breathing for just a few minutes will give you the benefits you are looking for. Watch this short video and you'll see why.

I hope this inspires you to take time out for yourself and take care of you.



You can also check out Gaia. It's a great source for mindfulness meditation and more.

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