"Peace. it does not mean to be in a place where there is no trouble, noise, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart."
― Lady Gaga

What’s up, guys!

Thanks for being here. Ever since I successfully integrated the habit of daily meditation into my life, I’ve simply been a better person for it. Which is why I thought it would be nice to share some of the benefits of meditation that I've been experiencing in real life.

Don't get me wrong, I also did some research to find out more about the benefits of meditation, and to be completely honest, there’s a whole lot more than the ones I chose to mention in this article. I just went for the ones that resonate with my own personal experience and have made the biggest difference for my well-being.

All I have to do is think of the blue sky. Keeping in mind that it's always there, even when we get lost in the clouds every now and then.

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Let Go

To really give meditation a chance, you need to let go of your expectations, and just dive in with an open mind. Don't worry about how you should be sitting, breathing, or thinking, just observe. If you're using the Headspace app, you will soon get the right vibe.

I just wanted to clarify that you don't immediately have to feel like an expert at meditation, or like meditation has changed your whole life. It's something that benefits you on a subconscious level, too. This is why it can be hard to pinpoint any factual results.

For me, it suffices to say that meditating daily has helped me deal with my mental blockages in a much healthier way, and I learned to separate my negative self-talk from who I really am. Your thoughts are not who you are, remember that.

"Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong."
― Mandy Hale

Tuning In

Meditation isn’t about switching off or zoning out. It’s about switching on and zoning in, reconnecting with the world around us in the process. Each day is a new opportunity to train your mind for a happier, healthier life. So, let’s get into the reasons why I believe meditation puts you on the fast track to being happy.

"Meditation is not a withdrawal from life. Meditation is a process of understanding oneself."
― Jiddu Krishnamurti

1. Develop self-awareness and better focus.

Focused attention is very much like a muscle, meaning that it can be strengthened through exercise. Because meditation is a practise in focusing our attention and being aware of when it drifts, this actually improves our focus when we’re not meditating, as well.

Before I got into meditation, I used to feel incredibly overwhelmed by everything that was happening around me, as well as what was going on in my mind. There were times where I felt imprisoned in my own head, as a direct result of me thinking I was incapable of changing my reality. This is obviously not a healthy mindset.

Getting myself into the habit of meditating every morning, I now feel more centred and focused in everything I do. It has helped me become aware of my own insecurities, doubts, and fears, and of how these thoughts were holding me back from achieving my goals. With this realisation, the next step is to change these self-destructive beliefs into helpful, healthy beliefs that make it possible for you to keep evolving as a person.

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2. Less anxiety, more compassion.

It takes courage, openness and honesty to observe the mind without judgement, criticism or censorship. Realising how your own state of mind is impacting the way you take action in your life, leads to a better understanding of yourself and others. It’s important to always keep in mind that everyone is going through ups and downs in their life.

Meditating regularly helps develop mental strength, resilience and emotional intelligence. It’s pretty easy to feel overwhelmed or out of control when you’re not aware of what’s holding you back from living the life you want to live, or becoming the person you want to be. To this day, anxious thoughts can keep me from expressing myself truthfully to others, which then leads to unfulfilling relationships and a general state of feeling helpless.

Again, not a good place to be in. Meditation makes you become more aware of the self-defeating thoughts in your mind, and it teaches you to develop a more positive, loving relationship with yourself. From there, you begin to replace self-abuse with self-compassion, and that’s really where your life will take a different turn. You’ll start to look at yourself objectively, without judgement, and when you’re in that state of mind, it becomes much easier to encourage yourself and work toward your goals.

Learning to accept yourself for who you are through meditation, also makes it easier for you to feel connected to others. You become less judgemental about yourself, and are less likely to think negatively about the people around you.

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3. Be fully engaged in the present moment.

Thoughts can be enjoyable, too, but if we let the mind wander whenever it wants, we miss opportunities to be mindful. By taking a little time out of your day to just be with yourself and your thoughts, you’re not only developing your ability to stay focused, you also become more engaged with what’s going on around you. Every time you meditate, you make it a little easier to process thoughts and emotions.

So many of us are constantly pushing away unpleasant thoughts and feelings, making it hard to be fully present. This drastically impacts our quality of life. However, we can break the cycle by growing our self-awareness through meditation. When you start to look at your thoughts for what they are, just thoughts, they lose their power over you. As soon as you’re no longer getting distracted by your thoughts, you improve the ability to rapidly remember and incorporate new facts into your actions. This increases your productivity and makes it a whole lot easier to cope with new situations.

"Try not to overthink the process too much. Instead, enjoy the feeling of pausing to balance and catch your breath."
― Andy Puddicombe

It’s a wrap!

I can honestly say I get up every single morning looking forward to having a little bit of relaxation before I get on with my day. I highly recommend that everyone tries meditation. I mean, giving it an actual, real shot. Don’t back out when you don’t feel it’s helping you. Even if you’re not aware of it yet, it is scientifically proven that meditation contributes to better health in numerous ways. Also, there’s no need to ask yourself if you’ll be any good at it. Anybody can meditate, so can you. You just need to open yourself up to it.

Using the Headspace app on my iPhone, I’ve been growing my self-confidence and experiencing a growing sense of inner peace. It also taught me how to bring back my focus, whenever my mind drifts off (I get that a lot).

Hopefully, I was able to explain a little bit more about what meditation can really do for you, and how it works. The thing about meditation is that it won’t do anything for you, if you don’t do it on a regular basis. It’s like exercising, repetition is key. Have you tried meditation? Message me if you'd like to share more about your experience.

Thank you so much for reading. Let me know if this story was of any help to you. You would make my day! Enjoy your Sunday, and I'll see you again really soon.

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