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Why is Meditation important in our life?

The Dalai Lama once said,

“If every 8-year-old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation”

For most of us Meditation is the last recourse available, to bring us back into the life. Mass of the people I see in the meditation sessions, come to recover after being severely affected by something in their life. It could be a Job loss, a breakup or probably any failure.

People arrive in this path after being exhausted with all other means. Why is it that we do not touch base with our inner being frequently? Why is that we do not speak to our inner self regularly?

We spend a decent time to tune our physical health however, we devote a zero hour to train our mental health.

The purpose of this post is to communicate with you the importance of meditation with a belief that this will be cultivated and turn into habit.        

Background

What comes to mind when you hear the word meditation?

Why meditation is important?Probably an image of a monk in orange robes, sitting on the floor for hours, mind perfectly still and at peace. A perfect imagination!

But when we sit down and try to practice the same, the experience is entirely different. Millions of thoughts run at the same time and this coupled with hurting back and restless mind makes the experience awkward and uncomfortable.

“Anyone who has tried to meditate knows that, for a beginner, it isn’t easy”

And there we started doubting our progress and feel confused if we are doing it right. So, it is important we understand the very meaning of meditation.

What is Meditation?

meditationIf I go by the definition, Meditation is a wellness practice and an exercise of our mind that has been proven to reduce stress, improve focus, and contribute to a range of mental and physical health benefits. 

And, if I have to define the term for you, Meditation is pure enjoying what you do to its core. And that’s what I have been doing for the past 6 years. Obviously, the final outcome leads to mental and physical well-being, as cited in its definition.

Now, tell me honestly –

How many of us actually enjoy our bath? How many of us enjoy our breakfast?  Yes, I am talking about the morning bath which we take in quick ten minutes and the breakfast we have on our way to office. We easily neglect these things in our life considering it as a BAU – Business As Usual.

These little things, if we do this mindfully and enjoy the process rather than just having it, our life becomes pleasant.

How to Meditate?

Though, there are many forms and ways to practice meditation, learning a basic is good to start with. And, you don’t have to be a master to perform the basics. Just sit with your closed eyes and observe the sensations on your body.

  • Choose a quiet place, free of distractions
  • Set a time limit, preferably for 15-20 minutes
  • Choose a position you are comfortable with
  • Focus on your breathing

How to Meditate?The purpose of meditation is to clear your mind. Your thoughts are going to wander for sure. Just focus on gently bringing your attention back to your breath whenever you notice your thoughts drifting.

Remember, you don’t need to judge your thoughts or to analyse them; simply direct your mind back to your deep breathing.

Your fifteen minutes a day can change the way you handle things in life. The way you think, the way you react to situations. Everything gets changed in a positive way.

Benefits of Meditation

Benefits of Meditation
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At first, you may see small progress in terms of physical relaxation and emotional calmness. Later you may notice, other subtle changes. Few of the important benefits of meditation are:

  • Better management of symptoms of conditions including anxiety disorders, depression, sleep disorders, pain issues, and high blood pressure
  • Better stress management skills
  • Changes in different aspects of attention
  • Increased self – awareness
  • Improved emotional well-being
  • Improvement in working memory and fluid intelligence

Conclusion

Thanks to our technology powered lifestyle, 80-90% of our wake time are consumed by our laptop or smartphones. A routine 15-20 minutes of meditation will time you to discover your inner self and to connect with peace.

While it may look difficult initially, with a systematic practice and a steady patience, you will be able to meditate and attain a state of calmness. Just be dedicated and honest, and you will find yourself becoming more loving, kind, and considerate.

So, tune in daily (at least 15- 20 minutes) to experience an amazing Me Time.

Thank You

Thank You for reading it through. Am really thankful that I could able to hold on your time this long and generate some interest in the practice of meditation😉.

As mentioned above, the sole purpose of this post is to highlight the importance of meditation and hopefully, motivate you to develop the practice yourself.

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  1. Tammie

    I’ve just recently put meditation back in my life due to insomnia! 10 min every night before bed!

    1. therunningmonk

      That’s really great Tammie. You should slowly increase it to 30 mins everyday. Do share with us your experience and we would love include it in our blogs.

      Keep meditating. Keep inspiring.

    1. therunningmonk

      Thank you Vishal.

      Keep inspiring.

  2. Ravi

    Well said; I remember your annual retreat for meditation

    1. therunningmonk

      Thanks Ravi. Yes, the annual retreat for Meditation has taught me to be equanimous under all situations. I hope, this blog inspires more people to look inward.

      Keep Meditating. Cheers!!!

  3. Jay

    Nice blog. Meditation can also mean focussing one thing at a time with undivided attention. If your walking stairs with utmost focus that also is a meditation. The art of avoiding distraction is guided with meditation practices wonderfully explained in this blog.

    1. therunningmonk

      Rightly said Jay. Being equanimous is the key, which we learn through Meditation.

      Keep Meditating. Cheers!!!