There is no shortage of things to keep the mind stimulated in our busy world. The demands of earning a living, running a household and being in relationship often leave us re-thinking conversations and situations that took place; anticipating future risks and possibilities, feeling pressured by deadlines as well as the never-ending to do list. Pressure to perform and deliver can cause stress that compromises the enjoyment of other aspects of our life. Feeling preoccupied and distracted, irritable and having a short fuse, unable to sleep and exhausted upon waking are all signs that stress is affecting you.
Meditation is becoming an increasingly popular way to manage stress because it cultivates awareness of how the mind reacts to pressure and invites us to break the pattern, so that the mind gets to rest. This practice allows the mind to learn new ways of responding to that stress.
Here are 21 benefits practitioners of regular meditation reported after a 5 week period:
- Feeling calmer;
- Increased awareness;
- Having a quieter mind;
- Reduced stress levels;
- Less tension in the physical body;
- Feeling more present;
- Less preoccupied;
- Less reactive and more patient;
- Feeling happier;
- Feeling more comfortable with who I am;
- Learning how to be with stillness, rather than do busy-ness;
- More peaceful;
- Less physical pain in my body;
- Greater ability to focus;
- More balanced in approach to things;
- Better sleeping patterns;
- Less conflicted making decisions;
- More compassionate;
- Less judgemental;
- More accepting of change;
- Connected with all creation – other people, the earth, etc.
That’s not a bad list! Which benefits would you like to see in your life? How would life be different if you experienced these feelings on a regular basis?
With so many benefits to starting a meditation practice, you might be curious about giving it a try. Check the events page for upcoming meditation program dates.