5 powerful reasons you should pursue meditation…
According to Google dictionary, the definition of meditate is, “to think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.”
Pretty straight forward, right?
But what if I told you there was so much more to the act of meditation than just a simple explanation like, “to focus ones mind for a period of time?” I mean, why would you even be slightly interested in pursuing meditation based off of this reasoning?
I will tell you 5 POWERFUL reasons why your should pursue mediation.
But first let’s discuss why I even want to tell you about all this.
I have been practicing yoga and meditation off and on for a good 15 years. I will go in spurts of being fully committed waking up at 4 am to do a yoga flow followed by mediation and then there are moments when I forget what I am doing in life and stop it all completely.
But I gotta say, I like who I am better when I am in that mindset of flow and mediation. And My husband does too! 🤫 Yoga and mediation go hand in hand. Let’s remove the Google definition here. Here is my definition, mediation is a practice of connecting ones breath to the connection of their entire body as a whole.
You see, your breath is what keeps your mind focused. Being able to visualize it entering into your body to the areas that ail you and exhaling all the toxicity you have out, can be absolutely delightful. Meditation is something that does not come easily.
It takes practice and dedication to the very act of sitting mindfully for a period of time.
And sometimes your mind will not cooperate and sometimes your body will not connect. And I still believe that is the beauty and power of meditation.
Here are 5 powerful reasons why you should purse mediation:
1. To quiet a loud busy mind
Let’s start with the obvious. The first powerful reason is to learn how to quiet a loud racing mind. Let’s face it, our world is in absolute chaos right now. No matter where you turn or what social media app you sign on to, you are bombarded with heartbreaking, gut turning, mind boggling news and there is no way around it.
Whether it is fabricated to instill fear in all of us so that we continue to walk the straight line they want us to walk or 100 percent true, it can be incredibly overwhelming to receive all the information that is being thrown at us right now.
Pursing mediation can help relieve some of that heaviness. When you learn to quiet your mind through mediation, it becomes easier throughout the day to deal with the chaos of the world. You soon learn through practice how to breathe, what it is that you are feeling, how to adapt, and how to slow your mind down before it races out of control.
Is it easy to learn how to do this?
Not even a little bit. But through daily practice it soon becomes second nature.
2. You immediately uplift your mood
If you have ever meditated, you will know that it can be extremely difficult to stay upset, mad or angry after mediation. The act of meditation is to inhale new breath and exhale the old. When you are angry or upset, that toxicity leaves your body at each exhale you make.
But the essence of this concept is to actually visualize that anger or ill feeling leaving your body with each exhale. Mediation is about visualization. I like to visualize inhaling this pure clean air, sending it to the part of my body that is ailing me or to the thoughts that consume me. I then like to visualize that air wrapping it’s arms around that ill feeling or thought and through my exhale I see and feel it leave my body.
There is no room for being embarrassed about how you practice mediation. It may sound hokie that I visualize my air wrapping itself around feelings inside my body BUT hey, if I feel centered within my own skin afterwards, I can care less.
3. Your perception of the world changes, for the better
Before entering into meditation, your mind sometimes can be closed off to the world. Even if you consider yourself an open-minded person. After mediation, you realize that you have been seeing the world in a different light.
Maybe you had an altercation with a co-worker at work that day and you can swear up and down that they were in the wrong. But after you take a second to bring your mind and body back to center and allow them to reconnect with each other, you may see that altercation in a completely different light.
You may have been the one in the wrong.
And my friend, it is ok to let your guard down and admit that. The whole point of pursing mediation is to open yourself up to this magical moment within yourself. So when you hold on to tension or ego, you are defeating the growth within yourself.
4. The feeling is euphoric
There is no better feeling in the world than to be connected with who you are as a whole. When practicing mediation there are different stages that you get to experience. When you first start out, it is awkward. It feels unnatural to sit there in one spot and attempt to quiet your mind.
But as you deepen your practice there are euphoric feelings that you began to experience. There is this intense beautiful feeling of being completely weightless while feeling a magnetic pull to the earth. There is this world of color and darkness you enter that feels peaceful and lightweight. You experience this quiet stillness in your mind that you are slightly uncomfortable with because you have never experienced it before but you crave once you feel how amazing it is.
5. It can make you a kinder person
Let’s face it, when you connect your body with the energy of the earth through mediation, there is no intension in your body to be mean to another human soul. As you practice your meditation, you began to see humans in a different light. You actually see them just as that, light.
Some of us hold on to past experiences that shape who we are on a daily basis. Things we may have experienced in childhood can create this feeling of entitlement. You know, that feeling that someone somewhere owes you something because you had it rough as a child. And because of this feeling no one around you can talk about anything positive because in your head, they have no idea what you went through.
Just because you didn’t have a mother/father and endured pain doesn’t mean that someone who did have a mother/father and didn’t endure pain needs to pay for it.
Through the practice of meditation, you began to work through these weird little hang ups that you have. You began to lighten your mental load which, then allows you to see people for who they are and what they have to offer. And this makes you a kinder human.
These 5 powerful reasons don’t even began to scratch the surface of why you should pursue meditation.
There are so many other actual health benefits to practicing mediation like helping soothe anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, chronic pain, asthma and more.
But I feel like these 5 reasons are on a deeper level as to why you should pursue meditation and practice it daily.
I would love to hear about your meditation journey. Have you started one already? Do you want to? If you haven’t what is holding you back?
Until next time,