The Importance of Meditation
Mediation has so many wonderful benefits for the mind, body, & soul, but there are so many incorrect assumptions when it comes to meditating. Many believe that you have to have an empty mind when, in fact, it’s the complete opposite! Most meditation styles suggest that you face your thoughts as they come and allow them to flow freely. A 2012 study showed approximately 18 million Americans practiced meditation. With all the benefits that mediation offers, our top three reasons to give it a shot are below:
3 reasons to meditate:
1. CONNECTING WITH YOURSELF
In a world that is so fast-paced, loud, and full of distractions, it is VITAL that you find time to meditate and separate yourself from it all. “As above. So below; As within. So without.” These simple statements mean that everything is connected and related. One of the main purposes of meditation is to connect within, so that you can project that peace and strength outward. There’s something special about sitting with yourself in a serene environment and just “being”. In this quiet space, the true you can be heard.
2. STRESS RELEASE
Take a deep breath in through your nose, now slowly exhale through your mouth. Repeat this 3 times and return to your normal breathing pattern. This is typically how we begin every one of our meditations. The deep breaths activate your hypothalamus to send out neurohormones (fancy words for hormones in your brain) that inhibits stress-producing hormones. We find that even if you don’t have time for a 30-minute meditation break, finding 2-3 minutes to just catch your breath and let go will release stress and boost your peace!
3. TONE DOWN YOUR TEMPER
According to Greatist , “Feeling your blood boil on the regular is undoubtedly bad for your health.” So don’t get mad, get meditating! Research suggests that the good-for-you-habit cuts back on anger and the tendency to dwell on angry episodes . And Korda agrees. “If you’re aware of your mind, body, and breath, you can calm yourself and step away from the initial reaction and begin to think of different ways to respond to the situation,” he says. “The more inner awareness you have, the less you’re going to be triggered by other people.”
Do you meditate? What are some of your favorite practices? Do you have a favorite place to meditate? Share your thoughts below, we want to hear from you!
Check out this beginner's guide for more info and tips on meditation: https://fitnessgoat.com/wellness/meditation-101/?msID=1e0129ad-3677-4b00-8d87-7d8499985c93