Meditation can help bring you from an emotional distressed state to a calm grounded state. Along with therapy, meditation has been proven to help with stress and anxiety. If you’re a beginner try one of these guided meditation apps: Calm, Headspace, or Insight Timer.
How meditation and mindfulness can change your life:
1. Improves Communication Skills
“When the river is calm, the reflection is clearer. When the mind is calm, there is greater clarity in the field of expression. Our sense of observation, perception and expression improve. As a result, we are able to communicate effectively and clearly,” says Bhanumathi Narasimhan, Teacher, Sahaj Samadhi Meditation.
Meditation makes you free from within, helps you drop the inhibitions and the barriers that prevent effective communication.
2. Gives Clarity of Mind
Do you sometimes find yourself swinging between different decisions and feel confused? Meditation is a mind without agitation, a mind that is calm and crystal clear. Confusions settle down and the way ahead opens up naturally. The right decisions, which are a combination of intuition and intelligence, can be made with ease in such a calm state of mind.
3. Nurtures Creativity
Creativity wells up when you meditate. Creativity is the core of our personality; it just needs to be evoked (do we want to say tapped?). Just like we apply heat to pop the corn and it becomes popcorn, meditation taps the inherent creativity.
4. Refreshes the Mind
Most people wait for months to go on a vacation; meditation gives you an opportunity to go on a vacation within yourself in moments. Meditation makes you fresh and relaxed because this is the time when you close the doors of your daily chatter and spend a few minutes with yourself.
5. Rejuvenates You
A snake sheds its skin and moves on with the new skin; if cats and dogs have water on them, they shake it off. However, we tend to carry our emotional garbage for years. Meditation helps to shake that off, feel rejuvenated and helps us move on.
6. Spreads Happiness & Peace
Our mind has the ability to affect our surroundings. Only a peaceful and a happy person can spread happiness around. Meditation creates a ripple of happiness and peace within you, which then spreads like waves all around.
7. Develops a Pleasant Personality
Think about what kind of people you like to be with – happy and joyful or sad and depressed? Happy, right? Similarly when we are happy, our personality reflects that and people look up to us for good company. This is where meditation helps.
8. Gives You an Unshakable Smile
Meditation brings you to a state of being where nothing can rob the smile of your heart. Meditation releases all the toxins and negative emotions stored and each cell becomes so alive and our smile is unshakable no matter what.
9. Makes You a Master of Time
While your happy times fly, don’t sad times seem to drag on? Only in meditation do we transcend time. Meditation adds hours to our day. We are able to do things faster than we normally do. We are also able to find some time for leisure.
10. Gives You a Glimpse of Infinity
Every cell in our body has the ability to hold infinity. However, different concepts in our mind impede us from perceiving the infinite consciousness that is a part of us. When consciousness is cultured with meditation, we take a dip in the ocean of bliss and experience deep rest.
11. Heals & Harmonizes
In meditation, healing can happen. When the mind is calm, alert and totally contented, it is like a laser beam- it is very powerful and healing can happen.
Source: Art of Living