Meditating is becoming more and more mainstream. It’s no longer seen as something that only hippies do or as something a bit ‘woo woo’. There are so many people who sing the praises of meditation, who say it helped changed their life (myself included), and who can’t imagine getting through their week without taking the time to sit in stillness.
Can meditation really change my life? Can it fix all of my problems? Is it the quick fix solution I’ve been searching for?
So how can I say that meditation made my life better? And why should you meditate at all?
What meditation does do, is teach you to be ok with the present moment. You learn to accept your feelings (even when they are negative) and to make peace with these bad days. You learn that everything is fleeting and ever changing. That nothing is constant. You learn how to cope when things don’t go your way. When your stuck in traffic, running late for work and hitting every red light.
It teaches you how to react in stressful situations. When your in that traffic jam do you get mad, scream at other drivers, and swear every time you see the green light turn red? Or do you accept it for what it is? Are you able to stay calm and start the day on the right foot once you do get to work? Or are you left in a terrible mood for the rest of the morning?
You learn to just be. To breathe in the moment. To notice whatever your feeling. And to be ok with that feeling and not attach to it.
Meditation will change the way you relate to yourself and to the other people in your life. Since adding in a stillness practice to my morning routine I no longer feel the need to wage war on myself. Through meditation I have strengthened the bond between my body and my mind. It has also changed my relationship with my partner, my friends and family. I’m less reactive and more accepting of other people’s opinions.
You will start to see just how many amazing things you already have in your life. You’ll also start to appreciate them. I believe that meditation pairs perfectly with a gratitude practice (like red wine and blue cheese, or chocolate and peanut butter). When you take the time to sit in stillness you will start to notice all the good things going on in your life. As you start to notice and appreciate these things/moments/people, you will find that great things keep happening. Over and over. Meditation won’t make the good stuff happen, but it will certainly make you more aware of it.
Let me know if this resonated with you. I’d love to hear if this has inspired you to start to meditate or to get back into it if you’ve fallen out of the habit. If you are a regular meditator, let me know what keeps you coming back to stillness.