Meditation and Me

When I tell people that I meditate daily, I am met with a number of differing reactions.

“Wow that’s awesome!”
“So you’re a hippie now?”
“I call those naps.”
“That seems like a huge waste of time.”
“Meditation is stupid and useless.”

Those who have meditated (properly) understand the benefits in doing so. Those who have not tried it, or have practiced meditation incorrectly (yes, that is a thing), are often opposed to the benefits.

I am a huge proponent of meditation. I took up meditation (seriously) around 3 years ago. I was looking for alternatives for my daily dose of Welbutrin XL. I wanted to find a way to overcome my depression in a more natural way. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not opposed to anti-depressant medication. Many need this type of medication to physically / chemically address their disease. I have been on-and-off of varying medications since the sixth grade. Every time I was on meds, I needed them.

So how do you get started with Meditation?

There are two apps that I have used in my journey of meditation:

  1. Headspace
  2. Calm

Both apps provide guided meditation sessions that teach you how to properly meditate. As stated earlier, there is a right way and a wrong way of meditation. Meditation is not a nap. Mediation is not ‘shutting off the brain.’ On the contrary, meditation is a way to become present, to become mindful.

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to our thoughts, emotions, and experiences without judgment.

– Calm.com

Physical Benefits:

  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
  • Decreases tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
  • Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
  • Improves the immune system
  • Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy

Mental Benefits:

  • Anxiety decreases
  • Emotional stability improves
  • Creativity increases
  • Happiness increases
  • Intuition develops
  • Gain clarity and peace of mind
  • Problems become smaller
  • Meditation sharpens the mind by increasing focus and expands through relaxation
  • A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration
  • An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress
  • The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection

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