Meditation can bring you significant positive results for a healthier and stronger relationship between your mind, body and spirit.
In this post, I’ll be sharing 9 ways meditation can guide you to shift your mindset to better yourself as a person.
Why I Started Meditating
I don’t actually remember the exact moment I wanted to start meditating but it was at the time when I had just left my Ohio life to move back in with my family. That was a drastic change in my life and anxiety had naturally resurfaced. I had just broken up with my boyfriend of almost 2 years, was now working overnights at a new job and lived with 4 others instead of by myself like I had been for almost 3 years.
Too much change all of a sudden can bring all the confidence and balance you spent years building up come tumbling down.
And that’s pretty much what happened to me.
But throughout this self-improvement journey I’ve been on for several months now, and possibly the greatest thing I have learned is that those things happened because I was after a better life. And the tumbling down of my confidence and well-balanced lifestyle didn’t just happen to me, it happened for me.
I’ve been meditating every day consistently for at least 10 minutes every morning for the past 64 days. That means I haven’t missed a single day of meditation for over 2 months. And let me tell you, it’s paying off tremendously. I’ve added it to my morning routine; it’s why I created a morning routine in the first place, to make time for meditation. You can read my Beginner’s Guide to Successfully Create & Maintain A Morning Routine.
Here’s what I’ve gained through meditation and how it can bring you significant positive results:
9 Benefits Meditation Can Bring You
The power of patience
Anytime I have to wait for anything, I use that time to bring awareness into myself, either being more aware of the moment I’m in or paying attention to my breathing. Most times it’s both.
Great gratitude throughout the day
Immediately after meditating, I keep a gratitude journal (in the form of scripting, more on that in a future post) and write down everything I’m grateful for that day. Now as I go about my day, I’ve caught myself appreciating more of the things and people around me. It just comes naturally once you intentionally do it on a regular basis.
Treating others with respect, both online and in person
All while I silently appreciate the people around me through gratitude, it has also shifted my perspective on how to treat people externally. Actively listening to others when they speak is a huge form of respect that often goes unrecognized. And maybe of adding hate online, we can become more aware of the language we use about others (and sometimes even ourselves) on the internet.
Treating yourself with kindness
But you’re just as important as those you listen to, start listening to yourself as well. Make time for yourself and work on self-care, treat your mind and body with kindness too, you deserve it.Meditation is a powerful form of treating your body, mind and spirit with kindness. Click To Tweet
Healthier emotional management, less stress
Meditation is a great reliever of stress when you allow yourself to learn and be open to meditation. Consistency and your willingness to be in the moment can relieve that stress. Your awareness to it alone can help alleviate those emotions and react to stress differently when it arises again.
More body mindfulness, more mindful eating
The more you are aware of your eating habits, the better your relationship with food will be. More mindfulness during your meals will lead you to making healthier choices on the foods you consume and when you consume them.
Heightened physical awareness, noticing the things around you
Meditation not only brings awareness to your thoughts, emotions and your breathing but also the environment around you. You may become more aware of the smells and different tastes, the air and noises around you. And you’ll also start to notice the physical stuff you keep around you, I wrote about the KonMari Method in one of my posts. If you’re not familiar with it, check it out or check out her book:
State of flow, doing more of the things you enjoy doing
Not only will you have the stuff that brings you joy around you physically, but you’ll also want to start doing more of the things you love. With a tidy, declutter home and mind, why not start that home project you’ve always wanted? Make time for yourself and for the activities you enjoy.
Finding purpose and living more intentionally
This ties everything we’ve been talking about. Being more mindful through meditation can bring you to a more peaceful state where you’ll begin to live more intentionally.Find purpose in your every day life, not some time in the "future". Click To Tweet
How To Get Meditation Started
So if you’ve never meditated before, I’ve got some quick pointers you can consider for a smooth transition into your meditation journey.
Start by Googling or YouTubing
When I first started, I had no idea where to start. So just like with anything else, I googled it. Then that took me to YouTube where Mr. Russell Brand talks about how he meditated using the transcendental meditation technique every day and his journey. Here’s the video:
YouTube also has guided meditations and tutorials so just type in “guided meditation for” in the search bar you’ll find lots of options to choose from in the drop down. Or simply choose “guided meditation for beginners” to get started with the basics.
Using the Headspace App For Guided Meditations
Andy Puddicobme, the co-founder of Headspace and former Tibetan Buddhist, voices most of the guided meditations on the app as well as makes appearances and answers questions in “The Wake Up” episodes on the home page. Here’s the link to the website:
I use the app Headspace on my phone, it’s available in the App Store or in Google Play, you can visit Headspace.com to create your free profile. If you’re currently in a tough financial situation due to the Coronavirus, or otherwise, don’t worry, there are several free guided meditations within the app. I love everything about this app (and I’m not even getting paid to say that!)
Now Let’s Meditate
So there you have it. I could definitely go into more detail on the types of meditations but that could be on a future post (if you want!). I hope meditation doesn’t seem as daunting anymore. It can bring endless benefits to you as a person, as a member of society, as a consumer, a spouse or partner and just as a human on this earth.
Thanks so much for reading and now let’s meditate!