Meditation Changes Everything

The very idea behind meditation is to take us away from activity, both physically and mentally. Its purpose is to take us to a place of silence and stillness, where there are no thoughts. Davidji, formerly the lead educator at the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California, and a leading authority on meditation, refers this as “the gap between thoughts”. It is thought that in this place of non-thinking, we can access parts of ourselves which we can identify by such names as our soul, our real essence, and our authentic being. It is said that we are so much more than we think we are, that there is a space within us that is timeless and eternal, that lives on long after our physical bodies have ceased to exist. This is who we really are at our core. We are not our bodies, we are our spirit. I have heard it said many times that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience, rather than human beings having occasional spiritual experiences.

 

One of the most frequent reasons I have heard cited for not having a regular meditation practice is lack of time. Certainly, in our increasingly busy world, this can have some validity at times. However, in order to not give low priority things our time, it would be well to consider the following benefits of meditation so that we can better evaluate whether it is worthwhile to incorporate meditation into our lives. These benefits, which have been recorded both in studies and anecdotally by individuals, are as follows:

less anxiety, the ability to sleep better, fewer illnesses, feelings of greater mental acuity, feeling of calm and peace, and greater confidence. Being able to bring about even one of these positive results would be enough to make a daily meditation practice more than worthwhile. However, I frequently see at least two or three of these benefits present in individuals I teach. In my meditation and Reiki classes, I am increasingly surprised by the high percentage of people who express that they feel anxiety frequently, in some cases nearly all the time. The number of individuals I encounter with sleep problems is also high.

 

It becomes obvious to me that it is worthwhile to make time for meditation in light of the tremendous benefits which can come about. Nearly everyone can think of some “busyness” in their lives which can either be eliminated or pared down.

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