Some mornings I wake up and jump out of bed. Other mornings I drag and grumble and fight the morning with my fists up. Either way, I meditate. Some days I finish my meditation feeling better, while other times I slump right back into my mood. It doesn’t seem to matter anymore what the meditation does for me. It is a ritual and a practice. It allows me to feel more authentic. It gives me space for silence, when it is so tempting to slide back into the world of podcasts, music and chatter.
Michael Morelli wanted to expand on this topic for this site, thinking of the overall effect of meditation. It is a cumulative practice. Enjoy his writing!
Life is short, so we better make the best out of it.
Do you live your life to the fullest?
Do you place great value in your time?
We all want to have the best for ourselves so we study hard, work for long hours, maintain regular physical activity, eat a healthy diet and educate ourselves unceasingly. We take these measures to ensure that we are getting the best value of life that we deserve.
Did you know though that a simple meditation can add value to your life?
Meditation is an ancient practice and its popularity has been increasing in recent years. If you have not yet added this practice to your life, consider some of the ways that meditation can improve the quality of your life:
- Increases self-confidence
Are you anxious at the idea of meeting new people?
Do you have confidence in your skills?
Self-confidence is a very important trait. We will have a hard time achieving something if we doubt our own capacity. We won’t be able to fully embrace and love ourselves if we are hungry for the affirmation and acceptance of society.
Doing meditation can help you to increase your self-confidence. Having a strong connection with your spiritual self helps you strengthen your self-awareness. The more connection you have with your inner self, the more you tend to have self-confidence.
- Refreshes the mind
We live in a demanding world where the pressure and stresses of society can sometimes get the best of us. Our decisions can sometimes be clouded because we are experiencing too much stress and anxiety.
Meditation is the cheapest yet the most effective way of giving your mind a break. Sure, you can unwind by booking a Caribbean luxury cruise, but not all of us have the resources or time to do so.
Meditate to clear your mind from all the worries, problems and anxieties. Find a quiet place and you can either lie or sit down, as long as you are in a comfortable position. Think of one specific thing, place or thought and focus on it for up to 10 minutes.
Simple meditation exercises can relax your mind and lower your overall stress levels.
- Dissolving anger and fear
Do you sometimes feel consumed with fear and rage?
Do you know how to manage your negative emotions?
Meditation is an effective way of clearing negative feelings such as anger and fear. It gives you peace and inner strength to face whatever situation life may throw at you.
When faced with a stressful situation, instead of reacting negatively and throwing fits when things don’t go your way, give yourself few minutes to take a step back. Meditate for a few minutes to give you time to process what’s happening and focus on the reality of the situation, rather than forecasting into the future. When you’re calm, there’s no place for fear or anger inside you.
- Increases positivity
We create energy in every moment of our day – whether it’s negative, neutral or positive.
Our thoughts, actions and language have affect the energy that we’re creating. We attract positive energy if our thoughts, actions and language are positive. On the other hand, we invite negativity when we’re always pessimistic about things.
Doing meditation increases positivity. When we clear our mind from all the worries and anxieties, we also attract positive energy.
5. Develops a pleasant perspective
Though exercise can boost our mood, meditation can also help us in developing a different perspective that doesn’t move towards the worst case scenario. It can be part of a healthy lifestyle that involves diet, exercise and sleep.
No matter how busy or crazy your day is, give yourself some time to meditate. A few minutes of meditation every day can offer countless benefits.