Do you meditate? If you do, then you already know how beneficial it can be for you
If you don’t practice meditation yet then with this post I’d just like to encourage you to start it right now If you don’t know the benefits of meditation, then just have a look at this page Live and Dare It lists 76 benefits of meditation. It actually shows you not just the benefits, but the scientific evidence as well. It’s quite a long post, but detailed and comprehensive, so definitely worth reading it.
The first important thing that you need to know if you want to start to practice meditation
But back to the point, there are two things I’d like to emphasize with this post. The first one is to do it. To practice it. Not next month, not next week, not tomorrow. Start it today, right after reading this post. I started practicing meditation back in 2013. I don’t say that I’ve been meditating every day since then, but I can say, that about 3-4 times a week. And it could be more of course, but with three kids, that’s the most I can do nowadays 🙂 And I’m sure this time will increase, as my kids are getting older.
How I benefited from meditation
But this frequency was still enough for me to benefit from meditation. Let me just give you a short list, that comes to my mind suddenly in what areas of my life I see and feel development because of practicing meditation:
- I was quite hot-tempered, especially with my children, today I don’t lose my temper easily (actually I wouldn’t say I’m hot tempered today)
- Relationship issues: it might sound unbelievable, but conflicts almost disappeared from my life. Well obviously I have some, but in the past I had many. Today I rarely have any, and if I happen to have, then I can handle them fast and easily. This is the area of my life, where I could experience the most remarkable effect (with my sending love and blessing technique/meditation, which you can find here Sending blessing meditation, you can also experience great shifts in other people’s behavior)
- My goals have become clearer, I got to know what I would like to achieve, I got to know what I want form my life, I got to know my core values, I got to know who I am
- I can hear that tiny little sound inside myself, that whispers to all of us. When I started to meditate every article I read, and everybody who I talked with told that look inside and you would get the answers. And I said OK, but how, and when, and how do I know that that is that sound, and not my EGO. So I had many doubts back then. But everyday it becomes clearer and distinguishable 🙂
- I could let go of many of my fears
- I gained inner peace, happiness and contentment through meditation. I’m not saying that I don’t have bad days at all, what I’m just saying, that I can easily pull myself out of negativity and also if I get in it. And also that I don’t have a full bad day or days actually. I mean there isn’t a whole day when I feel constantly bad. I’m grateful everyday for my life for my circumstances, I can appreciate my life more, I guess. And with this gratitude I obviously create a better and better reality for myself.
- It heightened my awareness in many areas of my life, like spirituality, relationship issues, parenting and so on
- I’m not so judgmental. Again I’d lie if I told you that I never judge, but as soon an I become aware that I’m judging others, I stop, and ask myself why do I judge this person. So actually I judge less, but if I still judge most of the times I become aware of my judgment, which is very important I believe
- I can see easily other people perspectives, that’s why I judge less. Because I accept other people’s perspectives. I actually accept other people
- My self-confidence also grew much, I accepted myself, I love myself, I love my life 🙂 And the circle is closing here, because obviously we can see the connection here. The growth of my self-confidence accepting and loving myself brought all the above listed things to my life. I guess we can agree with that 🙂
So that’s all that comes to my mind at the moment, if anything pops, I’ll refresh the post 🙂
The second important thing that you need to know if you want to start to practice meditation
And here comes the second thing I’d like to emphasize. The aim of this post is not to list forms of meditation (I’ll write a post about that either in the future). Nor to list the things that I benefited from meditation. What I’d just like to emphasize in this post, in case you are a bit of overwhelmed with the information you find about meditation, is that you can’t do it wrong. Why? Because your intention, your willingness to meditate is more than enough to do it properly Actually there is no improper ways to meditate.
When I became familiar with all these New Age stuffs, I read and heard many good things about meditation. The only problem was that I didn’t have any clue how to do that. But luckily that didn’t prevent me from starting to practice it. I started to search on Google how to meditate. You can guess there were tons of information about it. I was overwhelmed. And I still didn’t know how to do it. Once I tried this way, then in another way. I didn’t know if I did it right or wrong. To tell the truth I was a bit confused.
And then I found an article just in time (so I didn’t give it up). It said that you can’t meditate in a bad way. You can’t do it wrong. You always do it right. There is no right or wrong meditation. There is no right or wrong way to do it. If you fall asleep during meditation, then it’s OK. If you can’t focus, then it’s also OK. If you can’t quiet your mind, that’s OK also (to tell the truth most of the times in the beginning it is actually hard to quiet your mind). This article actually comforted me and I kept on practicing. So you just need to find the form of meditation, that resonates with you the most. And then the point is to accept and embrace whatever happens. Take it easy. It’s very good that you started to mediate. You’ll evolve, you’ll get to know yourself more and more. You’ll have experience which form of meditation fits you the best. Just be persistent and enjoy it If the form of meditation you tried doesn’t resonate with you, then go and try another one. That’s OK. Really. It’s not because you do it in a wrong way, it’s just because all of us are unique. We need to find our own ways to meditate. No matter if it’s guided, or transcendental. I truly believe that every form of meditation is beneficial. You just need to find the one that fits you the most. And this is very important because, I guess you will only be persistent if you like meditating, won’t you?
In my next post I’ll share some forms of meditations that you can choose from, if you plan to begin meditating or you’ve just begun to meditate but you feel lost how to do it.