Will Meditation Fix My Life?

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.

Some people swear by a daily practice, where for others they may love their twice weekly meditation sessions. No matter how often they do it, or how long they do it for, people can’t stop raving about meditation.

If you’re still on the other side of the meditation fence. If you can’t quite seem to find the time to sit in stillness for 10 minutes. If you can’t bear to be alone with your thoughts. Or if you don’t know where or how to start, you may be wandering what all the fuss is about.

Can meditation really change my life? Can it fix all of my problems? Is it the quick fix solution I’ve been searching for?

While adding a meditation practice into my daily routine has definitely changed my life for the better, I wouldn’t say that it “fixed” my life or solved all of my problems.
Starting to meditate won’t magically make your life perfect or make all of your dreams come true. I still have shit days, days where I would rather go back to bed, days where I’m just in a crabby mood no matter what I do.

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.

I used to have a major case of the When I’s. I’ll be happy when I lose 5 kilos. I’ll be happy when it’s summer. I’ll be happy when I get to take that holiday. It’s an endless loop of thoughts, that plays on and on, which can never be satisfied by external achievements. Meditating can help overwrite these thoughts that play on repeat in our heads. It will teach you to accept your discomforts and to start to realise that happiness isn’t tied up with your weight, your salary, your relationship status, etc.

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.

 

After adding meditation into my life I’m more accepting of myself and I can better deal with the stresses in my life. Put simply, these are the reasons why I meditate. Why I make time to sit in stillness, to breathe and to connect with myself. And why I plan to continue to do so for the rest of my life.

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. 

 

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