I am a big fan of meditation. Huge fan! GIGANTIC FAN! I think it is the easiest and quickest way to process emotions, stress, worries, and fears in a healthy and (relatively) painless way. I have heard all of the criticisms from doubters (“whatever, you crazy hippie”) but I am 100% living proof that IT WORKS! I can physically feel my stress flowing out, and away from me, when I’m centered. I can face my fears and “pass through them until there is nothing… and only I remain”. Ahem… any other Dune enthusiasts out there?! Anyways…
I love that we can tune our own emotions by doing a full systems check. Basically touching base with ourselves in a conscious and deliberate way. Our brains and our hearts/souls/emotions (whatever you call it) rarely agree on how you should react, so meditation is a way of balancing the scales. When your emotions are in check, then you feel better. When you feel great, your sleep is improved. When you sleep well, you have more energy for your day. When you have more energy, you are more productive. When you reach your goals, you are happier with your overall existence. And isn’t that what we are all striving for? Meditation is the jump start that gets this process up and running.
If you’ve never tried meditating, don’t knock it! I’ve been told by some that (as a beginner) it is easier to establish a meditation practice when you are totally stressed, at the end of your rope, and have no where else to turn. Meditation is your life preserver. This approach is a little too extreme for me. I like to meditate before I get to that I’mtotallygoingtoimplode moment. I suggest trying to start when you are somewhere in between peace and chaos. Keep an open mind and accept that you might feel silly, like you’re doing it wrong, that it is stupid, whatever. TOTALLY NORMAL! Those thoughts that come to you are a reflection of your deeper subconscious and should not be ignored or belittled. Address them, process, and then move on.
Doesn’t that all sound helpful?! To break it down super simply: think about the movie Inside Out (about the emotions inside us all) and how each character is a feeling like joy, sadness, anger, etc. Mediation is simply having a conversation with each of those characters within us. Yes? Well, before I keep going on for ages I’ll stop my tirade. You’ve been exposed to my reasoning for why meditating is such a beneficial practice for your mind and body. Here are some other reasons (that have been proven by science) in case you don’t want to take my word for it:
If you are willing to explore meditation, check out this site (http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-26321/want-to-start-meditating-try-this.html) for some extremely helpful tips. I also like using the Calm app which is free and provides easy, guided meditations to start out with.
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