Meditation helps you learn who you really are in life. It allows you to dive deeply into what you are thinking and learn more about yourself.
There are countless benefits of meditation but the biggest benefit for many people is the reduction of stress.
Let’s dive right in.
What Is Meditation And Why Should I Do It?
“The real meditation practice is how we live our lives from moment to moment to moment.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
There are countless forms of meditation such as:
- Guided meditations
- Meditations with affirmations
- Meditations focusing on emptying your thoughts
But they all share the same thing in common and that is focusing on one idea.
When you focus on one idea, it helps bring alignment to your life goals and actions.
Here are also the benefits of meditation and why you should consider doing them:
- Improves your emotional well-being
- Improves your focus
- Improves your self-love
- And more…
Even just meditating for 5 minutes a day can help you reap many of these benefits.
1. Meditation Lets You Learn Who You Really Are
When you are forced to quiet your mind you will start to learn how your body really reacts.
You will probably notice that it is hard at the beginning and that you have a constant stream of thoughts in your head throughout the day. You will also notice the type of thoughts you have.
The purpose of meditation is to notice these thoughts and take control of them.
When you can start noticing the type of emotions that come up when you are meditating, this gives you more control of your thoughts when you are living life and especially with talking to other people.
When you feel a negative emotion coming up you can just apply the same principles as when you are meditating which is:
- Notice the emotion
- Acknowledge it and let the thought go.
Doing this repeatedly will shape you into becoming a person who can help control their emotions and later into the person in control of their life.
2. Meditation Helps You Develop Self-Love
Negativity haunts us from time to time.
We start beating ourselves up when things don’t go our way which continues to torment us for the rest of the day.
The best two types of meditation to combat this are:
- Meditations focused on gratitude
- Meditations focused on forgiving yourself
When you shift your mindset from these negative emotions to empowering ones, you stop letting these emotions take control of your life.
Changing them to positive emotions lets you shift your focus to strengthening not only your mind but your self-esteem.
Just taking 5 minutes of your day to help control these negative emotions swirling in your head and making them disappear will make you have a much more satisfying day.
Start practicing meditation with gratitude and watch your mind be affected with positivity for the rest of the day.
Your body will thank you later.
3. Meditation Helps You Develop Your Confidence
Confidence is a necessary part in helping you take control of your emotions.
When you have confidence in yourself, you are much less likely to let your emotions take control of you.
Meditating helps improve your confidence by:
- Reducing that negative self-talk
- Helping you focus and “get in the zone”
- Increasing your sociability
These are important factors for self-development and for personal growth that you can use for yourself.
When you have more confidence in yourself, it starts to affect other areas in your life because it helps you take control of your thoughts and mind.
When you have control of your thoughts, it makes it a lot easier to have control over your actions.
And having more control in your life will automatically improve your confidence in life.
4. Meditation Helps You Get Rid Of Bad Habits
A lot of the negative self-talk is actually habits that we have formed over the past years without even knowing about it.
We have been programming ourselves by beating ourselves up whenever we didn’t achieve our goals which leads to more negative self-talk.
Meditation helps you notice these thoughts and helps you realize what has been going on in your mind.
Meditation also helps you take control of your life by noticing these bad habits and allowing you to change them.
The first step to changing any bad habits is to first notice that you are doing them and that’s what meditation does.
Here’s also a great article on how to get rid of bad habits that are troubling your life.
How To Get Started With Meditation
The beauty of meditation is that anybody can do it anywhere.
It’s really simple to start:
- Find a quiet place to sit down
- Get a timer and set it for 1 minute
- Take deep breaths and try to focus on your breath.
The key part is to do this consistently every day. We are learning to build positive habits that would help transform our lives.
And over time once you are able to do it for just 1 minute, try increasing it to 2 minutes the next week.
And continue to keep adding them until you are able to do 15 minutes consistently easily.
It all starts with that first step.
So get started today and watch your life transform exponentially as you continue to keep practicing meditation.
Meditation can tremendously improve the quality of your life if you consistently practice it every day.
Meditation has the ability to help control our emotions that will determine how we feel for the rest of the day.
We first went through the many benefits of why we should consider doing meditation and talked about how meditation can help you with introspection and who you really are.
We then dived into talking about how meditation helps with self-love and learning to practice compassion and gratitude with meditation.
We then later talked about how it improves your confidence and self-esteem making you less likely to have negative self-talk.
Finally, we talked about how meditation can get rid of those pesky bad habits and how to get started today.
Which benefits of meditation did you find most surprising? Let us know in the comments below…