Someone recently asked me "why do you meditate"? I thought long and hard and came to the conclusion that meditation was the only way I could heal myself properly from within. Meditation takes a lot of self discipline and concentration to accomplish what you set out to gain from mediation. I challenge everyone to start meditating today and here's 12 reasons why you should.
You feel stressed
This one is a bit obvious, but true nonetheless. Meditation helps to lower stress by actually lowering the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in your body.
You can’t concentrate
Mindfulness meditation teaches you to focus on the present moment. A regular practice in this way will improve your overall concentration.
You worry a lot
Using mindfulness to become better at being in the present moment will naturally lower your level of worry. Anxiety is not an emotion felt by existing in the present, but rather it is what we feel when we anticipate the future. Mindfulness gets your head out of what might be and into what is.
You can’t sleep
If your insomnia is due to anxiety or an overstimulated nervous system (and many people’s is) then the result of having a lowered level of worry will be better sleep.
You get sick often
High levels of cortisol can negatively affect your immune system, making you more prone to illness. Since regular meditation lowers cortisol levels, it also helps to boost your immune function.
You feel stretched too thin
Those feeling overwhelmed may find that the increased ability to focus, brought on by regular meditation, will help to combat feelings of being stretched too thin with work and responsibilities.
You have high blood pressure
Studies have shown that regular meditation actually helps to lower blood pressure. More and more research is being done on this particular health benefit of meditation, but don’t be surprised if your cardiologist recommends it as a supplement to any medication you might be taking to manage blood pressure as well.
You lack patience
Meditation helps teach you to take in and calmly respond to trying situations, rather than to explosively react.
You seek more intimacy with your partner
A less judgmental sense of self is a common benefit of a regular meditation practice. This more open state of being can create deeper connections between partners, since low self-esteem or self-consciousness cease to be a problem.
You have body aches
Regular meditation can actually help with your body’s sensitivity to pain, lowering your sensations of body aches and headaches.
Small problems feel overly significant
Mindfulness allows you to pull back the lens for a wider angle, keeping problems in perspective and helping you to not let mole hills become mountains.
You feel depressed
Studies have shown that soldiers suffering from PTSD or depression have actually seen improvement with regular meditation. Being in the present moment allows you to have a greater sense of gratitude for the now and can help combat emotional trauma or negative feelings.