Stress in traffic. Stress at work. Stress at home. Not enough time. Not enough money. Yikes! What do I do about it? And so I ask, “Meditation anyone?”
One of the most powerful and effective tools for any self improvement venture is meditation. And I know what some of you are thinking:
- You don’t have time.
- You aren’t religious.
- You don’t know how.
- You’ve tried it and it didn’t work.
- You can’t find a quiet place.
- and any other excuse you can find.
The Internet is an excellent source for information about meditation, guided meditations in audio or video, and sequential meditations over a period of time led by a specific group such as the Chopra Center. For those of you who have never meditated, you might want to check out some of the resources. For those of you who DO meditate, you also might want to check out some of the available material.
You don’t have to be religious or consider yourself deeply spiritual to meditate although your spirit basks in meditation. Why would you want to meditate? Research has scientifically proven that meditation is a safe and simple way to balance your physical, emotional, and mental state and its countless values have been known and practiced for thousands of years. What are the benefits?
- It is the best stress reliever available. It’s like a switch that turns off the everyday worries, anxiety points, tensions and gives you a period of pure relaxation.
- Clears your mind and helps you control your thoughts.
- Enhances concentration
- Helps you live in the moment
- Lets you experience moments of peace, reflection, and, yes, sometimes bliss
- Has physical benefits – lowered heart rate, respiration and blood pressure.
- Opens the doors of creativity – often after a period of meditation you will find answers to questions you have been pondering, solutions to problems you have been wrestling with, and insights into how to accomplish your goals.
- your relationship with yourself will deepen and you will begin to notice an increase in self esteem, self awareness and self confidence
- Leaves you with a greater feeling of well being
- And so much more
Some people shy away from meditation because they think it takes too much time. If this is a worry for you, start slowly – with five or ten minutes – and increase it as you feel the need. If you don’t know where to start, try Project Meditation which utilizes brain wave technology to take you to a meditative state so you can experience what it’s like. The Chopra Center has meditations and periodically conduct a 21 day meditation series that is outstanding. You can also search YouTube to find a wide selection of guided meditations.
The important thing is to find something that works for you and get started. The benefits just keep coming.
And so I inquire, again: “Meditation anyone?”