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What is Meditation Good For? — 5 Insights From an Actual Meditator
I’ve been meditating for over 10 years, and now I could not imagine my life without it. It’s almost like saying living without oxygen. You may wonder, what is meditation good for? What’s the big deal? Why is everyone talking about it?
There are different types of meditations and just like shoes, one size does not fit all. You have to find what works for you.
Personally I’ve had so many benefits that I could probably write a whole book about it. However, I’ve just created the list below to show you some of my top 5 benefits that I’ve gained from doing meditation.
1. Coping With The Death Of A Loved One
My beautiful cat was 20 years old (about 110 in human years) and died in my arms. This was one of the hardest moments in my life. To me he was not just a cat, but he was my baby. So his loss was very tragic to me.
He used to sleep and hangout in our bedroom most of the time. During his last weeks alive, he changed his residency to our meditation room. He could feel something very special in that room and that’s where he wanted to spend his time. This very sacred room was also the place where took his last breath.
I used to sit on my cushion to meditate and he would just come and rest on my lap. With each breath in and breath out I felt more and more present and he could also sense that peace. Not only was meditation helping me calm my mind but it was also helping him.
Prior to his death and after this death, meditation was the main thing that helped me. It allowed me to understand that we are just here temporarily and to just be in the present moment to enjoy life. He was truly one of my best teachers, he was my very own zen master.
2. Meditation Helps Release Stress
We all have very busy lives and sometimes it can feel overwhelming. If we were to drive our car all day long non-stop for months, our car would eventually give out. Unfortunately that’s how we are living our lives with our bodies.
Yes, we have to work, take care our families, etc. However, if we don’t stop to take a break our bodies will eventually stop working properly, and that’s why so many people these days are suffering from some many diseases. Most importantly we need to give our mind a break.
Personally, I meditate first thing in the morning. This is a top priority for me, since I know that if I were to skip my meditation my mind would be uncontrolled and then my whole day would go bad.
It would go bad not because of the things that are happening to me, but because of my perception about every single situation. Meditating helps let go of things that I would normally consider annoying, insulting, overwhelming, etc.
There is a strong body-mind connection. Whatever is affecting our minds over and over again, it eventually has an effect in our bodies. That is why so many people have so much built up tension in the shoulders, neck and back.
By doing some simple breathing meditation it allows our bodies to release all that built up stress that we are carrying all day long. Watch your self next time you are stressed out. How is your breathing? If you are feeling a tightness in your chest, you are carrying a lot of stress.
If you are at work and can’t find a quiet place, go to the restroom and even for just one minute take a few breaths. It may seem like something very simple, but just doing this daily can help you tremendously. You have to take a break, otherwise life will break you down.
Meditation is without a doubt a very important part of a self care routine.
3. Feel A Purpose In Life
The alarm sounds…it’s Monday…again…Sounds familiar?
That dreadful sound works as a reminder that we are living another day going to work in a place that we dislike. Sure you can change jobs, and yes in some cases it would be best to find a new job. However, the tricky part is that no matter where you go, YOU will always be there.
Many people go from job to job, relationship to relationship, sometimes even city to city trying to find that special something, someone, that special satisfaction that they haven’t been able to feel before. Most people go their entire lives trying to find it and yet they can never get it.
We may feel that if only I had the perfect job, the perfect partner, house, car, then my life would be better. These are things that are outside our mind, and that’s why we can never find any satisfaction in any of them. Even if you were a billionaire, and had the most loving family in the world there would still be that empty feeling inside.
What is it then that people are searching for and yet can’t seem to find? It’s inner peace.
When you meditate regularly, there is a very strong sense of inner peace that no money in the world could ever buy. There is a sense of connection to everyone around you. There is a sense of purpose in everything that you do, anything from being a stay at home mom to being the CEO of a company. In the end it does not matter what you DO, it only matters how you feel.
That inner peace allows you to have a sense of belonging to the world, that you are not separate from one another. That inner peace lets you know that whatever you are doing is what you were meant to do at that very moment.
4. Meditation Is Good For Feeling Grounded
What would happen if the gravity on this planet stopped working? Building, trees, people, etc. would just go flying everywhere. Many people are living their lives without an inner gravity. Meaning that everything that we do on a daily basis from going to work, picking up the kids from daycare, trying to be healthy, planning a vacation, etc., seems to just be flying all over in our minds without any order.
Meditation works as a type of gravity, which allows everything in your mind to be grounded. You don’t have to become a hermit and move to a cave to feel grounded. When you meditate, it allows your mind to be more focused on what you need to do, therefore you don’t have so many scattered thoughts that seem like a mini internalized tornado in your mind.
When you feel grounded there is a feeling of peace inside of you, which makes you feel safe and know that everything is going to be OK.
5. Meditation Is Not Only Good For You, But It Also Helps Those Around You
When you meditate, you change for the best. Not only are you more happy and relaxed, but this peaceful feeling can be felt by others.
Have you ever been in room when all of a sudden an angry person walks in? You can feel all this negativity suck out the life out of you. Well, the same is true for a peaceful person. If you are feeling grounded and peaceful inside, the people in that room can feel it too.
Imagine what the world would be like if everyone were to meditate. Rather than having road rage, drivers would be courteous and let people in on their lanes. Instead of domestic violence, families would sit together to enjoy a delicious meal.
Alternately, instead of blaming the problems of the world on this or that, people would go inside of themselves and find that inner peace. You might be only one person, but by changing, you would affect the people around you and therefore make this world a better place.
You have within you all the inner wisdom and peace that you could imagine, you just have to tap into it. Once you go to that very peaceful place inside of you, you won’t be a victim of the world anymore. Instead, you will be a contributor of world peace.
“Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible.” Geshe Kelsang GyatsoTweet
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