With everything that’s going on in our life, it is unavoidable (but truly understandable!) to feel tired physically, mentally, and emotionally. Every so often, we manage to squeeze in some pamper time and some occasional night out with our friends; but at the end of the day, we still feel exhausted and completely drained. So what do we need exactly? Find out in this article why you should meditate after all, what kind of benefits you can gain out of it…What can refresh, relax, and rejuvenate our mind, body, and spirit?
From time to time, try treating yourself beyond leisure and entertainment. And what better way to cap off an enervating day than to be in a state of relaxation and tranquility? Imagine being in a room, sitting down comfortably, without thinking or worrying about anything just for a few minutes… Even after a while, you’ll start becoming less tense and you begin to feel more relaxed.
Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh, said it best – “Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.” Meditation will not take away your worries and problems, no. But merely thinking of these shortcomings bring us down. And that we focus too much on the problem itself, instead of thinking of ways to solve it. Meditation will simply take us to a place where we can obtain deeper focus which will also help us gain more power over our feelings, judgments, and emotions.
According to several studies, meditation is actually good for our overall well being – physically, mentally, and emotionally. So it goes without saying that meditation can change one’s life with its amazing benefits for our body, mind, and senses. Read on, and learn why everyone is encouraged to practice meditation.
It’s a form of exercise
To some extent, meditation is a different kind of exercise. Unlike other forms of exercises that focus on the physical aspect, meditation is for our overall well being. Like other exercises that demand physical preparedness and strength, meditation also needs preparation and may require more time with a clear mind.
Meditation helps us cope with stress and anxiety
Most of the time, we get stressed over things that ‘might have happened’ or ‘might happen’. We worry too much about the past and we overthink the future. Meditation helps our mind focus on the present — the here and now. Practicing meditation can relax our mind and understand our emotions better; thus, giving us power over our feelings and react more sensibly. Feeling stressed and pressured lately? Try meditating for a couple of minutes, and you’ll feel a big difference… you’ll feel more relaxed and rested.
Meditation helps us gain a better understanding of ourselves
Practicing meditation can make us understand ourselves to a greater degree. Meditation helps us restore our connection with our own feelings and senses… our mind, body, and how we see ourselves. Through meditation, we gain control, composure, and contentment… accepting who we are, what we do, and what we’re going through, without allowing trivial and petty matters affect us.
It can keep our minds sharp
By practicing meditation, we learn how to achieve a clear mind. Having a clear mind keeps the creative juices flowing and keeps our brains healthy. It helps us focus on more important things and it assists us in being more productive and creative. While others seek inspiration through taking walks on the beach, listening to soulful music, or drinking a cup of hot beverage, meditating before engaging in a creative or intellectual pursuit (ie. writing, studying, drawing, etc.) can do you a good turn.
It gives us the feeling of inner peace and restfulness
It is a universal fact that meditation can bring us to a state of inner peace and tranquility. Having a lot on our plates, with all the work, chores, and a bunch of deadlines, we could all use a breather. Working 40 hours a week is a given, and sometimes we feel that we don’t have any choice… But always remember that we can change the way we perceive things — and that makes a huge difference! A couple of hours of meditation can help us unearth the inner peace we’ve always needed. Meditation has the power to breathe new life into our soul.