Meditation: It’s for everyone, but everyone aint for it!
To meditate is to be with self, listen, breathe + BE. That’s it! Really.
You don’t have to try to let go of your thoughts or think only positive thoughts or ANYTHING. You just carve out some time to be still. Breathe deeply and let everything be as it is.
I personally believe that everyone should do it at least 5 minutes a day!
Why am I a big advocate for meditation? Simple answer, Meditation is proven to enhance your mental, physical and spiritual health.
Here are a few reasons how:
- Lowers Stress. In the journal, Health Psychology, it shows that mindfulness is not only associated with feeling less stressed, it’s also linked with decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
- It changes the brain in a protective way. University of Oregon researchers found that integrative body-mind training — which is a meditation technique — can actually result in brain changes that may be protective against mental illness. The meditation practice was linked with increased signaling connections in the brain, something called axonal density, as well as increased protective tissue (myelin) around the axons in the anterior cingulate brain region.
- It helps us even when we’re not actively practicing it. You don’t have to actually be meditating for it to still benefit your brain’s emotional processing. That’s the finding of a study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, which shows that the amygdala brain region’s response to emotional stimuli is changed by meditation, and this effect occurs even when a person isn’t actively meditating.
- It has four elements that help us in different ways. The health benefits of mindfulness can be boiled down to four elements, according to a Perspectives on Psychological Science study: body awareness, self-awareness, regulation of emotion and regulation of attention.
- It supports your weight-loss goals. Trying to shed a few pounds to get to a healthier weight? Mindfulness could be your best friend, according to a survey of psychologists conducted by Consumer Reports and the American Psychological Association. Mindfulness training was considered an “excellent” or “good” strategy for weight loss by seven out of 10 psychologists in the survey.
- It helps you sleep better. YES! A University of Utah study found that mindfulness training can not only help us better control our emotions and moods, but it can also help us sleep better at night. In addition, higher mindfulness was associated with lower activation at bedtime, which could have benefits for sleep quality and future ability to manage stress,” study researcher Holly Rau said in a statement.
- My favorite – It lets us get to know our true selves. Mindfulness can help us see beyond those rose-colored glasses when we really need to objectively analyze ourselves. A study in the journal, Psychological Science, show that mindfulness can help conquer common “blind spots” which can amplify or diminish our own flaws beyond our reality.
Over time, you can notice how much meditation plays a role in keeping you grounded, balanced, clear minded and LOVED. Want to give it a try? Start with my Guided Meditations.
I would love to hear about your personal experiences with meditation! SHARE!