Benefits of Meditation

Benefits of Meditation

My dad introduced me to meditation when I was around 15 years old and it surely plays an important role in my life seven years later. Back then I thought of it as a pretty cool thing to do every now and then when I felt like I could really use that time, but I find myself valuing the practice more and more these days. In the midst of experiencing this huge transition of graduating from college and navigating my next steps, my mind can be really scattered. Focusing on my breath and clearing my head can be just what I need to feel rejuvenated.

While the meditation gurus of the world can meditate for what seems like forever, I can only go for 10 minutes without completely losing it. It’s all about figuring out what works for you. Starting out with five minutes is completely fine. You can choose to sit cross-legged, lay down, recite a mantra or rely on a voice to guide you. It’s your choice!

Perhaps life coach extraordinaire Jen Sincero said it best in her book You Are A Badass: “There’s no right way or wrong way to do this, no set amount of time, no rules about where you have to sit or where you have to do it. All that matter is you do it if you want to massively improve your life.”

While I’m still working on taking the time to meditate consistently, it positively contributes to my overall well-being. Here are four benefits to meditation.  

Reduce Stress

Meditation can be amazing for stress relief. When it feels like you have a million thoughts racing through your mind, taking just five minutes to regulate your breathing and raise your consciousness can be incredibly empowering. It calms you down and helps you tackle the day from a different mindset.

Improves Self-Awareness

You can become of aware of things you were never aware of before by practicing meditation as well. Think about it. You’re specifically taking a moment to really dig deep into who you are as a person. It’s amazing to be connected with your inner-self and discover what is within you.

Brings Happiness

Happiness comes from the aforementioned benefits. Less stress and becoming incredibly self-aware allows to walk around with a lighter step. It’s pretty simple. Participating in something that introduces you to so much positivity ultimately leads to happiness.  

Be Specific

You can target anything you want through guided meditations! No, seriously. Whether you’re looking to focus on self-discipline, positive energy or even better sleep, it’s out there. I love this guided meditation on gratitude from YouTube: 

Do you meditate or are you trying to get into it? Let me know!

-Carine