So I posted a blog post earlier this week about the 4 ways yoga helps me and I thought as a continuation of that I’d talk about meditation and the benefits I’ve found it has. Meditation, for me, is both a personal, spiritual practise, as I’m sure it is for a lot of people, I’ve been meditating now for almost a year and in that time I’ve noticed huge changes in how I feel.
So, here are the 7 ways meditation helps me:
Helps me process emotions:
By learning to sit with and either explore or simply observe your emotions, you learn to process them a lot better. Rather than reacting instantly to an emotion, taking time to pause and reflect, whether that’s just in the moment or through meditation practises, you learn to process these feelings in a more healthy way. All emotions are transitory, some may take longer than others to pass, but meditation definitely helps me process them.
Combating negative thoughts:
Learning to observe your thoughts is the first step in combating negative thoughts, and I do this through meditation. Thoughts are like clouds, I don’t know where I heard this from, but I like this idea. Some pass over really quickly, others hang overhead and linger. With time and practise, meditation can be used as a tool in combating negative thoughts in a subtle way – by simply sitting with them, letting them have their time and then ‘watching’, or visualising them float away.
Offers a fresh perspective on life’s problems:
We all have our problems in life, and I find that after meditating I can come back to an issue and see it in a new, more rational light. I can often see solutions to problems that I’ve been ruminating over after I’ve spent, say, 30 minutes meditating.
If I’m feeling particularly anxious, I’ll take the time out of my day to meditate – to focus on my breathing and simply observe my anxious state until it subsides. While it’s not a cure, it definitely helps.
Reduces Stress Levels:
If you’re having a particularly stressful day then taking time out to meditate can definitely help in reducing stress levels and bringing you back into the present moment.
I usually meditate in the evenings and I find that I think a lot less, ruminate a lot less, before I go to sleep. I can get to sleep quicker and wake up a lot less too.
Helps Me Connect Spiritually:
I don’t really talk a lot about my spiritual beliefs on here, I suppose in some ways I’m still trying to articulate what it is I believe in. Nonetheless, meditating definitely helps me connect spiritually to myself, it enables me to connect with my higher self and so much more.
So those are the seven ways meditation helps me, do you meditate? How do you find it?
Until next time,