8 Powerful Reasons to Meditate

Guest article by Bharat Kalra

In a modern world that values activity, achievements and effects, it's possibly surprising that more people are looking at meditation. For the activity of modern culture, many still feel a simple importance of silence, inner peace, and a moment of reflection. Meditation may reduce pressure and help us relax; but, additionally provide us a lot more. These are some of the advantages that daily meditation can provide us.

Reduced Stress

Meditation assists to reduce stress by teaching us to change, removed from the issues that may affect us through the day. Meditation is a chance to spend some time by ourselves, without feeling at the back and call of others. Spending 15 minutes in quietening the mind and concentrating on the current moment, makes us more relaxed and helps us become powerful decision makers.

Read here how to get rid of stress by simple breathing meditation technique

Health Advantages

Numerous studies have shown that meditation has health advantages. Many of these advantages are related to the decline in stress that happens through meditation. For example, with lower levels of stress and nervousness, the possibility of heart problems reduces significantly. This really is not to say meditation assures you excellent health. But, there's a growing consciousness of the link between our state of mind and physical health. Frequently physical problems are symptoms of inner turmoil.

Meditation can give us peace of mind, and this can be quite a beneficial part of avoiding many pressure connected ailments. Meditation has been shown to relieve the suffering related to certain illnesses.

Get a grip on Your Own Thoughts

Man has conquered space, Mount Everest and numerous different issues; but are we able to conquer our own minds? How usually do you discover yourself being victim to your own negative thoughts? Some people are also of the opinion that it's difficult to manage your thoughts. But, the art of meditation teaches that not only is it possible to manage our thoughts, but we are able to learn to prevent them completely.

Through meditation we may bring our uncontrollable mind under control. This generates peace of mind and allows us to achieve what we want to.

Detachment

When we live in the mind it is simple to become distracted by small irritations. For example, perhaps we find it impossible to wait in a line, or we get disappointed by a small misdemeanour of another person. The perfect solution is not to prevent these minor issues, because they'll keep appearing no matter how hard we may try. The only successful solution is to develop detachment and keep things in perspective.

An effective benefit of meditation is that we have the ability to detach ourselves from these insignificant, yet frustrating thoughts. This detachment is not indifference, it is simply that we are able to keep equanimity in the midst of life’s expected turbulence.

Happiness and Peace of Mind

Is there anybody who is not, in some manner, after pleasure? Meditation requires us to be the source of happiness, which will be to be found in our own peace of mind. If we have no peace of mind and are constantly infected by negative thoughts, happiness can remain elusive, no matter how effective we are on an outer plane.

It is possibly difficult to assume that happiness can happen from the straightforward act of being. But, if we can meditate with a still mind, we will learn an unexpected source of happiness within our own self. Meditation shows us that happiness is not dependent on outer situations, but on our inner attitude.

Concentration

Be it performance, sport or music, concentration is important to fulfil our potential. In one-pointed attention there is great power; our energy and concentration do not get dissipated. Whenever we have concentration we can do more in less time. Through meditation we slowly improve our powers of concentration; this concentration can be used for both meditation, and also other activities we engage in.

Spontaneity and Creativity

When we live in the thinking mind, we are generally preoccupied with the past or future. When we invest our energy in the past and present we cover up our natural spontaneity and imagination. We may feel we have neither creativity nor spontaneity but, if we can learn to silence the mind, we realise that we have far more potential than we presently believe. To access this source of motivation we just need to quieten the mind. Some of the good thinkers and scientists were able to make essential discoveries when they could absorb themselves within their work, to the exclusion of all else. Meditation assists us to live in the current moment, and thus can help us to unlock our innovative potential.

Exploring the Purpose of Life

If you are satisfied with your current life, if you feel great contentment and happiness then, at the moment, meditation might not be necessary. However, if you feel empty inside, or just aspire to know more about the nature of existence and life, then meditation can be of good help. Generally we look for meaning in life through external events and other people. Meditation, however, shows us that we can gain a greater knowledge of life through knowing who we are.

In meditation we get a new perspective of life, uncoloured by our own egoistic perspective. For those who wish it, meditation can be a lifelong process of answering the eternal question: Who am I?

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How to get started

The advantages of meditation are real, but, it also requires perseverance. It is mistake to expect all these advantages in the first few efforts; the mind takes time to tame. Also, it is hard to explain all the benefits of meditation, because it involves a state of mind that cannot be indicated by words. To understand the benefits of meditation it is essential to meditate yourself. Alas, it is not sufficient to just learn about it. Start meditating today!

Practice is the only way of improving meditation. The more you do it, the better it gets as do your experiences. Empower yourself by practicing every day or night, even if it is only for five minutes. You will soon notice a big difference in yourself, the way you think will change, the way you are with other people will change.

In general you will become a more positive person, your friends and family will see the difference too. Improving meditation is a great way for you to heal any situation in your life, the more you practise, the better you get at solving any problems that may arise. It doesn't matter what the issue is, with meditation you can heal it. It is a worthwhile activity to take up because the benefits to you and your life are many. Try meditation for yourself, because unless you do, you will never really know or experience the benefits it has for you.

Try as many methods as you like, in case you need a starting point but when all is said and done it doesn't matter whether you use someone else's method or come up with your own, the best thing to do is practice meditating as often as you can and you will improve. There's not much more to say on this topic as it all comes down to practicing as often as you can, every day would be better but don't stress if you can't.

It will just take that bit longer to achieve your goal(s) and you will achieve them, don't give up, even if it seems like you are not getting anywhere, because you are getting there. Staying positive is a good thing, not so easy to do though, but with the use of words such as “I can” instead of “I can't” and “I will” instead of “I won't” etc., you can stay positive.

For more tips and information about meditation kindly visit our blog. It can help you experience the wonderful way in which these meditations can really benefit you. Guided meditations are a wonderful way to help you relax, deal with any issues in your life, find peace and harmony and much more.

If you need real life guidance

You could also join a meditation class if you want to, If at first you find it hard to find the right guided meditation for you, don't give up, it's not always easy to find what's right for you, keep looking until you do, it will be worth it and the benefits you will receive from this type of meditation are great and many.

These meditations are very effective and easy to do, they can be done as often as you feel it necessary to do them, infect the more often you do them, the more effective they become.

About the author

Bharat Kalra is a meditation teacher at Meditation Center Chicago with 20 years of meditation practice. In addition to teaching Guided Meditation at MCC (Meditation Center Chicago), Bharat is a licensed massage therapist with expertise in many modalities, including craniosacral therapy. He is a Level III independent reiki master, certified Usui Shiki Ryoho teacher and instructor in hatha yoga, for which he completed an instructor’s program in India. Connect with him at Linkedin

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