You’ve probably seen celebrities on TV vouching for the life-changing effects of practicing meditation regularly. And you might be a bit skeptical. After all, your reasoning could be that those people have everything they could ever want. And if that’s the case what could possibly put their psychological or emotional state in turmoil that would result in them becoming easy candidates for the highly-touted results of meditating?
While you have a point, it’s important to note that meditation is for everyone. Regardless of your color, race, or social status, the practice welcomes you. It welcomes you with open and loving arms, despite whatever sense of incredulity you still hold. Let meditation embrace you and enjoy these positive consequences of being, simply, right here right now.
Cures psychological disorders
Meditation is popular among those who suffer from chronic anxiety. It does not take an expert to say with certainty that conscious breathing easily calms the nerves. It can help curb symptoms of depression too. So the next time you feel the blues setting in, breathe in and out and find your center.
If you suffer from an eating disorder, meditation will help you re-align your thought pattern. For example, match your binge-eating recovery plan with a mindfulness practice so you’re not only feeding your body with something healthy but your soul as well.
Improves memory and attention
There will come a point in your life when for some reason retaining new memories becomes difficult. Or retrieving old memories for that matter. It could be because of aging. Or something happening in your brain circuitry triggered by recent trauma. Meditation will help you address this problem. The more you take the time to sit down for a moment of mindfulness, the better your memory will improve.
Another popular concern among technology-reliant people, which covers pretty much all of us, is our dwindling attention span. From time to time you need to turn off those gadgets and return to the basics. Meditation will help you regain the capacity for attention you lost due to always being in front of black mirrors.
Aids in stress management
Are you on the verge of burnout? Do you feel like any day now you will throw a tantrum at the office that will put your career in jeopardy? It’s time to sit back, relax, and listen to your breathing.
Stress is caused by going through things too fast. You need to slow down. Your mind and body need to rest. Mindfulness practice is an exercise that comes in the guise of resting. Use it to better manage your stress levels. In no time you’ll be ready to once again take on your job responsibilities, not with caffeine and adrenaline but pure joy.
Helps curb the onset of physical maladies
A lot of physical illnesses can be traced to unmanaged stress. And stress levels are significantly lowered through regularly practicing meditation. You can easily put two and two together.
If you have cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases running in your bloodline, the more you need to meditate. Keep those diseases at bay by ensuring your body releases as few toxins and free radicals as possible.
Sometimes we expect too much from ourselves. We put too much pressure on ourselves. We blame ourselves for past mistakes. We plot unfair expectations. And when we fall short, we spiral into episodes of crushed self-esteem.
Mindfulness recalibrates our brain. It teaches us to accept where we are and where we’ve been. That makes where we’re going clearer and more realistic. That goes without saying that we’re still free to dream and dream big for that matter. But those dreams will be more grounded, based on our intuitive power, our deeper connection to our innermost purpose, the reason why we exist.
If you haven’t yet, it’s high time you practice meditation. The life-changing effects listed above should be enough to convince you. Rest assured that this uncomplicated habit will steer your life in its most fulfilling direction.
Plus, now more than ever, you need to find your center, to breathe with ease and peace. There are so many bad things happening around you that are enough to test your sanity, even your physical health. Do not allow yourself to be swallowed by all of this negativity.
As soon as you learn mindfulness, you will find yourself letting go of the things beyond your control. You will, as a result, become more in control of your emotions, thoughts, and how you react to the world.