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When I first decided to meditate I googled constantly! I just wanted to know why and how. What is it that makes sitting still and quiet, in one place, for 10 to 20 minutes so ‘healthy’? How does it help? Well the very first thing I remember reading some stats that stated meditating for a total of an hour per day, for three weeks can make you a happier person. It teaches our bodies to slow down and take a breather. This reduces stress because it calms your body in order to decrease our ‘fight or flight’ reaction. Now okay, obviously we know that everybody is not going to get the same results within the same amount of time, but isn’t that a great goal to work towards?!?!
Further, meditation can improve our ability to focus and pay attention. Being able to sit quietly and not think, just breath, is a test in itself. It takes time because we automatically have 12 million things on our brains even when our body is resting. With meditation you learn how to let everything go and just be with yourself. Mind, body and spirit. If you can concentrate on just breathing through all your thoughts, you can learn to concentrate on anything through life.
person you show everyone else? Meditation gives you that extra alone time with yourself that you need to appreciate the person you are. All the external distractions of the world can easily take us away from knowing ourselves. It can start a fight between who we are and who we would rather be. In the beginning, sitting alone with myself and my thoughts was totally scary. After a while I learned how to accept my thoughts and myself for what it all is. This is me!
Please do not read this and assume these are the only things meditation can improve in your life! There are so many aspects that I have not mentioned. The bottom line is, we need to be able to take care of our minds and our bodies in order to take care of ourselves. Loving and accepting yourself is just the beginning!
“If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” ~Lao Tzu
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