Meditation has the tremendous ability to center you, ground your thoughts and help you reverse the stress from life’s daily pressures and responsibilities. From simply sitting Indian-style and breathing to chanting a simple phrase, there are many ways you can practice meditation to feel rejuvenated and at peace, reaping positive effects that will help in many aspects of your life!
History of Meditation – From Centuries Ago to Today
• Hindus made meditation a way of life, stemming from 1500 BCE.
• Japanese, Indian and Asian cultures began practicing meditation (Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism) since 400 BCE.
• Meditation is generally thought to be the practice of sitting in silence and freeing the mind of thoughts (especially negative thoughts!). This doesn’t mean you stop thinking, but that thoughts are accepted and then sent away.
• Your mind is the greatest tool you have. By clearing it from negative patterns, addictive yearnings and stored up stress, you will change your reality, thereby changing yourself.
• Meditation became popular in the Western world in the 1970s, including translucent meditation, heart rhythm meditation, mantra meditation, movement meditation and mindfulness meditation.
• Nowadays the United States has embraced meditation in yoga classes, chakra meditation workshops, and individually as part of a daily routine.
You Want to Feel More Positive
• Whether you’re upset, stressed or anxious, meditation can reduce the frequency and/or the duration of negative emotions.
• It can improve concentration, especially during times of high stress and pressure at work.
• Meditate regularly to gain a clear-headed perspective as you face challenges.
• Mantra meditation helps you stay in the moment and appreciate work, your body, all that you have – which attributes to a positive outlook on life.
You’re at Your Breaking Point
• Meditation can be a tool for dealing with adversity and rising to the occasion (no matter how difficult it may seem to overcome).
• Gain power over addictions – alcohol, drugs, caffeine, sugar, co-dependent relationships, workaholic tendencies, and fear-based thinking.
• Counteract the anxiety, stress and fear of everyday life.
• Reverse your brain’s response to stress. Instead of focusing on negative thoughts (which perpetuate more stress), it nips it at the source – your mind – by focusing on the breath.
• Learn mindful breathing – when you breathe correctly, you improve your energy level, gain clarity, decrease stress, and even boost productivity on the job!
You Want a Healthy Body
• Connect to your true self, which improves motivation to take care of your body and mind and live a healthy life.
• Improve your focus for being goal-oriented.
• Studies show that when you meditate, it’s easier to let go of unhealthy habits such as overeating, smoking, sleeping too little, etc.
You Want to Become More Connected With Your Spirituality
• Improve your connection to the Divine – that you are of a soul, not just a body.
• Connect back to your inner knowing, or intuition.
• Meditation can be a prayer session, helping you to become a powerful attractor to those things you want in life.
• Improve the wisdom you have; seek out introspection from everyday experiences, and see life as being connected to the world around you, rather than apart from it.
The Bottom Line . . .
Meditation is a great way to start or end your day. It can improve your job performance, personal life and sense of spirituality – no matter what religion you practice, if at all. Whether you have three minutes or thirty minutes a day to devote to it, carving time out of your day is worth the escalated feeling of happiness that it brings!