These are many of the reasons why you should start meditating.
I practice every day; it’s something I write about often, and something I truly believe has helped me on my journey to transform my life almost entirely. For these reasons, it’s also something I actively encourage others to try and, as such, forms one of the cornerstone practices of my free online course, the thinkmiracle program.
However, if you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering why you should start meditating.
You may be researching to decide whether meditation will help you achieve the goals you would like to set for yourself, like reducing stress and/or anxiety, improving your mental health and overall wellbeing, or coming to terms with a change in your life.
Whatever your goals may be, meditation can help and, here, I’d like to go through many of the reasons you should start meditating.
Why you should start meditating
Meditating isn’t the easiest of practices; it’s not a destination, and what works for some may not work for others.
Many people are inclined to give up after a few or even the first attempt if they don’t see an immediate result, but please don’t! If you’ve tried meditation once or twice before and didn’t feel as though it “worked’ or if, after reading this article, you try meditating and it doesn’t quite work for you, do not give up. Persevere and, soon, you’ll notice a difference.
There are many benefits to meditation and reasons why you should start meditating, most of which you’ll notice once you’ve been meditating for some time. These are:
A deeper understanding, and relief, of difficult emotions: of course, no emotions are negative, but some are more challenging and difficult to manage than others, particularly when protecting your mental health and emotional wellbeing. Meditating allows you the time and space you need to sit within your mind and body – free of distraction – and understand what’s happening, delving deep into anything that may be bothering you and allowing you to clear your mind of unwanted or troublesome thoughts. By doing this, you’ll notice a relief from any difficult emotions you may be carrying around with you.
A reduction of fatigue and improved sleep quality: using meditation as a mechanism for understanding and managing your emotions will inevitably help you sleep better and reduce feelings of tiredness and/or chronic fatigue. We can all become overwhelmed at times; it’s part of the human experience – whether with work, our relationships, finances, our physical health, or, indeed, anything that may be troubling you, and it’s quite natural for this to affect our sleep quality. But by taking the time to sit in your emotions and truly understand them, you’ll notice that, relatively quickly, you’ll start getting a better night’s sleep.
A greater feeling of acceptance, forgiveness, and understanding: working on yourself from the inside; understanding and managing your emotions, improving your sleep quality, and improving your overall physical and emotional wellbeing through regular meditation will provide you with greater feelings of acceptance and understanding, and the ability to forgive more easily. As you start to understand how you’re feeling and become more relaxed and well-rested, you will begin to let go of those things – external or internal – that may have bothered you, and you move on.
An improvement and strengthening of relationships: when you start to feel good within yourself; accept that which you cannot control, and more easily forgive people or circumstances that have hurt you; when you begin to understand where your emotions are coming from and why you may feel the way you do, you’ll notice that your relationships – with friends, family, partners, and colleagues – will start to improve as your wellbeing does. You may even come to a point you wish to end any relationships you feel could be unhelpful to you, surrounding yourself with people who bring something positive to your life and environment and keeping them close to you.
A sense of calm and fulfillment: meditating will bring you a sense of calm and fulfillment like no other. Searching inwardly for answers to your questions, sitting within your mind and body to check in and ensure you’re feeling well both physically and emotionally improves sleep quality and relationship. It helps you let go of people or circumstances that have hurt you. All of these will lead to a feeling of calm and tranquility, which will help you focus on what you find most fulfilling and satisfying about your life, your job, spending time with your loved ones, or finding more time for your hobbies.
In short, there are many reasons why you should start meditating, and here are only a handful in a broad spectrum of personal benefits to the age-old practice of meditation to improving your wellbeing.
Meditating isn’t about sitting cross-legged in the silent dark for hours and hoping for an epiphany; it’s not a final destination or a definitive goal. Meditation is a personal and reflective process of ongoing internal work to help you find inner peace and happiness.
By meditating regularly – even merely for 10 minutes a day in the morning or evening – you’ll quickly notice positive changes to the way you feel about yourself, within yourself, and the people and environments surrounding you.
But, please remember, if you do struggle at first, keep going. It will be worth it.
Finally, if after reading this, you’d like to know more about how meditation fits into my free online course, the thinkmiracle program, please click here.