Above all else, my current meditation practice has improved my self-awareness and patience. Technically speaking, meditation is an unbroken stream of concentration. It’s a state of being that eventually leads to complete union with a high power (whatever/whoever that is to you). To get to meditation, we must first practice concentration.
While practicing meditation, you get to become the observer of your own mind. When my life is busy and I sit down to meditate, I quickly become very aware of all the noise that is going on in my mind. When I can stay in that place of stillness for a few minutes and keep my breath long and deep, I can create a shift how my thoughts are flowing and how my body feels.
The benefits of meditation, especially when practiced consistently, are being proven in many studies. It’s a gateway to inner-peace, improved focus, and overall wellness within ourselves and our relationship to the world and others.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health “research suggests that practicing meditation may reduce blood pressure, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depress, and insomnia.”
Since meditation is generally considered safe, I strongly believe it’s worth exploring as an effective technique for living well and feeling good.