You likely know that meditation can help to clear your mind, but did you know that the benefits of meditation go far beyond that? Regular meditation has numerous benefits for both the mind and the body.
Experience Less Anxiety
In this quick-fix world, the solution to anxiety is usually offered over-the-counter from your pharmacist. Don't be so quick to pop that pill. Meditation has been shown to significantly lower feelings of anxiety. Have you ever noticed the serenity of a monk? Meditation can help you learn to be in control of your own emotions so that feelings of anxiety no longer overwhelm you.
Meditating releases chemicals that improve mood to make you feel happier, and slows the release of chemicals that cause feelings of sadness. It also increases brain activity associated with creativity and imagination. If you're feeling blue, meditation might be just what you need to cheer you up.
Make Smarter Choices
Meditation will help you become more aware of your day to day choices, instead of just doing everything on autopilot. Should you really have that extra large fries, listen to that coworker who's negativity is constantly bringing you down, or waste endless hours playing games on your phone? Being more aware, and thinking about those seemingly little choices you make every day, can have a big impact.
Love Your Body
Do you have a negative view of your body? The constant bombardment with images of paper-thin models and muscular bodybuilders, can cause a lot of people to hate, rather than love, their bodies. Meditation will connect your body and mind as one, helping you to become aware of your unique energy and beauty as an individual. You don't need to be like anyone else; you are you!
It's amazing how meditation can change how you treat others. Becoming more in tune with your feelings and needs through meditation can make you much more empathetic to the feelings and needs of others around you, for stronger relationships with your friends, family, or partner.
Accept Unexpected Challenges
Life can throw a curve ball when you least expect it. Meditating will teach you to put aside all of those worst-case scenarios that haven't happened yet and focus instead on the present moment, on what's actually happening. This can allow you to deal with life's unexpected challenges and accept them as they really are, without losing your cool.
Meditation does so much more than just clear your mind. It can begin to transform you into a happier, healthier, and more productive person. Start meditating every day, and see how your life can change!
Are you stuck in a rut? If so, your life's fallen into a pattern, and you repeat the same old routine. The problem isn't that the routine isn't working; perhaps, life's hamster wheel is just humdrum, and there's a sense you're getting nowhere fast. Here's how to liven up your world and make it more meaningful.
Define what you want
You can't get what you want from life until you define what, exactly, you find significant. Consider what you want to accomplish that also fills you with passion.
Would volunteering to help young people in your community, for instance, bring extra meaning to your routine? Or you may enjoy following a long-lost dream to write, paint, or travel.
Lethargy and despondency stem from not getting in touch with your zest for life. Tap into the essence of what makes you tick and put a spring back in your step.
Stop doing what doesn't work anymore
At some point, part of your routine lost its usefulness. Maybe, you enjoyed watching old movies in the evenings for a while, or spending each Friday night with your friends in the same club every week was fun. Now, though, your usual activities might not bring you joy.
Examine parts of your schedule that do nothing for you. Like clothes you never wear and books you don't read, they clutter your existence needlessly and take up space.
Quit habits and hobbies that no longer serve a purpose and replace them with activities you prefer.
People, places, and occasions can bring inspiration and renewed vitality. Reignite your enthusiasm by connecting with motivating role models, places you love, and by taking part in stimulating events.
You might spend more time with high-energy friends, for example, and attend live music events rather than only listening to the radio at home. Novelty and fervor will raise your interest in life.
Use your strengths
What are you good at doing? The chances are, your strengths are the key to higher levels of motivation and happiness. Everybody has particular gifts that make them stand out from the crowd. If you're in a rut, you might not be making the most of your talents. It's time to recall what makes you special and use your best qualities.
You might be in a rut now, but you can change your outlook. Embrace novelty, remember what makes you come alive, and be clear about what adds meaning to your life. Give up habits that don't make you happy, too, and life will be less humdrum.
Are you intuitive? If you answered "no," perhaps you just aren't tuned into the part of you that can give you wise advice. You see, your intuition never switches off, you don't always hear it though. When you tune in and listen, you can live your life intuitively and benefit in the following ways.
Your intuition is your guidance system. It lets you know when you're about to make a mistake or can profit from spotting an opportunity. Sometimes it appears as a gnawing sensation or the feeling of butterflies' flapping in your stomach. Such agitation is your system's way of getting your attention.
Realize your intuition provides advice before you select food and drink to consume and is different from the urge to experience pleasure. You might fancy a bag of chips, for instance, but your intuition may suggest you need the nutrients contained in leafy greens or energy from lean protein, seeds, and nuts.
Inner guidance might also appear when you make choices about where to go, what to watch on TV, or which career to follow. Take note when it speaks and you'll make sage choices.
Your mind and body store knowledge gained from years of experiences. When similar circumstances to those you faced in the past arise, your intuition pipes up. It might offer images and words. Or you may simply like or dislike an idea but not know why.
Your intuition differs from the critical voice of the ego. The ego says you aren't good enough or points out things to dread. Your intuition is spontaneous and supplies suggestions that might not seem related to current circumstances. The feeling you should travel along a particular route or visit a certain friend, for instance, is likely to stem from intuition.
Hold the intent to notice intuitive messages and they will become clear. If an image flashes to mind, ponder what it might mean. If an opinion arises as words in your head, rather than ignore it, consider whether it springs from the voice of experience.
Your inner guidance system is always ready to supply wisdom. Heighten your awareness of its existence and listen and watch for the signs it provides. Make doing so a habit and you'll live life intuitively rather than use guesswork and logic alone.
Pedro is certified to professionally engage in treatment of physical and mental ailments and conditions through the use of Spiritual Mind Treatment in the capacity of Metaphysical Practitioner. Pedro is also an ordained Metaphysical Minister.