So why should anyone meditate? Let’s take a look at how a person’s mind works on a typical day. Upon waking in the morning, are our thoughts calm and focused as we begin our day, or are we sluggish, or still thinking about something stressful that occurred yesterday, or are we worried about something that may occur later today? As we go through the day, are we easily distracted? Are we stressed easily? Do our thoughts wander? Do we tire easily? While we are working on a task or project during the day do we lose focus and find ourselves still thinking about something that occurred in the past that we can’t seem to shake? Or are we unable to stop worrying about an upcoming meeting or event? Do we find ourselves not listening completely to others? Do we find ourselves being overly judgmental? When we are driving are our hands wrapped tightly around the steering wheel and we don’t even notice this? Do we fall asleep easily or do we toss and turn, still unable to quiet the storm of thoughts running thru our minds? And what about that high blood pressure?
Now of course our days aren’t always a continuous stream of confusion! But sometimes we are trapped by a mind that just seems overactive. You may have heard the term “monkey mind” used in Buddhism. Our thoughts are jumping from one thing to another with no rhyme or reason.
An unquiet mind not only has mental repercussions, but physical ones as well.
Recently many scientific studies have documented many benefits of a regular meditation practice. Here are a few:
- Stress reduction and a better ability to handle stress
- Improved concentration
- Increased sense of calm
- Better sense of self-awareness
- Slows aging
- Improved heart and cardiovascular health
- Increases happiness and decreases depression
- Improves acceptance, empathy, and compassion
- Increases immunity
- Improves sleep
- Increases memory and learning ability
The list goes on and on. And don’t just take my word for it. Many scientific studies are available online; just Google “benefits of meditation”.
Many schools are now teaching mindfulness to young children and are seeing better concentration, better interaction with others, and increased learning.
The military and some police departments around the world are using meditation to improve focus, reduce stress, improve the ability to think thru difficult and challenging situations and even to treat PTSD.
Doctors are prescribing meditation to heart patients and those with high blood pressure.
People of all ages and all walks of life are now meditating. See for yourself what a regular meditation practice can do for you. Contact me about personalized training.