Let’s face it – in our lives, busy or not, our mind can become cluttered with unnecessary thoughts. It becomes consumed with images, comments, memories, to do’s, self doubt, social media, television shows, food… the list goes on!
A great way to clear your head and take a mini “mental vacation” is to meditate.
Did you know the benefits of this quiet act goes far beyond simply clearing your head!? It’s also fantastic for your entire body and well being!
How do you properly meditate, you ask? Well, you simply sit somewhere quiet, legs crossed, hands resting on your knees with your index fingers connecting with your thumbs, breathing slowly and intentionally… releasing thoughts and connecting with your spirit. If you can’t exactly clear your head why not reflect and give yourself positive affirmations? You know, that voice inside your head, well you can control it if you really want to. Quit letting it tear you down and start building yourself up with quiet intentions!!
I’ll break the benefits down into 3 sections : Physiological, Psychological, and Spiritual. When I say spiritual, I do not mean that I seek to be equal to god, or assume I can “transcend”. I simply mean it opens you up to pay attention and connect to whatever faith you flow with 🙂
-enhances the immune system
-reduces anxiety attacks
-helps with weight loss
-leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation
-helps ease emotional distress
-can help headaches and migraines
-improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing
-relaxes our nervous system
-can produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity
-builds self confidence
-helps increase serotonin levels which influence moods and behaviors
-helps with focus and concentration
-keeps you in a healthy perspective
-develop will power
-increase feelings of rejuvenation and vitality
-decreases tendencies to worry
-helps increase your ability to empathize and rationalize
-provides peace of mind and happiness
-can help you discover your purpose
-bring the mind, body, and spirit into harmony
-can help you have a deeper connection with God (or whatever faith you flow with)
-discovering the power you possess beyond the ego
-creates a deeper understanding of yourself and others
So you see the effects of meditation are nothing short of wonderful, almost necessary.
If you can set aside 20 minutes a day, even less if that doesn’t work for you.. I know you will begin to see the benefits almost immediately. The simple act of intentional breathing melts away the day’s stress, if only for a few minutes.
I urge you to try this and open yourself to the healing of meditation. Do it for yourself, you’ll be happy you tried!