by Carla Howard
There’s a part of me that can’t believe I’m writing this blog.
A year ago, I thought meditation was interesting. For other people.
That was before I joined a candlelight yoga class on Thursday evenings (what’s more amazing than that?!?!), and learned that meditation is restorative, relaxing, and freaking fantastic for ME!
If you’re sitting on the “that’s interesting” side of the fence when it comes to meditation, read on…
Incorporating a regular meditation practice will improve your life in these specific ways:
- Increased Focus
- Reduced Stress
- Greater Creativity
- Being more Present
- Improved Conflict Management Skills
- Higher Levels of Happiness
- Increased Confidence
- Better Health
And all of these benefits can be yours for an investment of 10 – 15 minutes a day!! That’s an ROI that’s hard to ignore.
Sound a little bit too “woo woo”? here’s why doctors and scientist believe meditation provides these benefits:
- Brain scans show that mindfulness and meditation helps to trigger the relaxation response (this is the opposite of the “Fight or Flight” response)
- People who meditate exhibit higher Emotional Intelligence and listening improves due to their increased ability to be present (less MSU – Making Stuff Up)
- Stress is a major cause of illness. Reducing your stress lowers your risk for heart disease, stroke, clinical depression, and the list goes on…
A few of the most interesting benefits from incorporating meditation into your day are increased confidence and creativity. When your mind is quiet, you are able to connect with your thoughts and dreams in a very personal way. The feeling of possibility comes with being calm and connected, and this often sparks creative thoughts immediately following meditation.
Meditation also helps to quiet our inner critic. That pesky internal voice that attacks us when we are most vulnerable and damages our self-confidence. (For tips on how to quiet your inner critic, check out my previous blog post: Is Your Inner Critic Designing Your Future?
How often do you sit quietly and drown out all of life’s daily demands, negative comments, and self-criticism?
My guess, is not often enough!
If you’ve been thinking about starting a meditation practice, now is a great time to act! Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier for the next month and give it a whirl.
I’d love to hear about your experiences! leave a comment… and let’s start a conversation.
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3 thoughts on “The Magic of Meditation”
Have you found that a meditation practice helps you in your career? I’d love to hear what works for you!
People define meditation in many ways. Is attending a Yoga class meditation? Is finding a quiet place with no distractions for an specific amount of time considered meditation? Do you have to spend money to train yourself to meditate?
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You bring up a great point! People do meditate very differently. I think the key is to find the method that works for each of us.
I personally enjoy a traditional 10 minutes in the morning in quiet with my eyes closed, pushing away thoughts and clearing my mind. I also find swimming a form of meditation because my mind an truly relax.
Do you have a favorite way? I’d love to hear about it!