Benefits of Meditation
You were born to meditate. I cannot impress enough upon you how important meditation is, if you wish to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. By meditation here I don’t mean just the formal time you spend devoted to this practice, but I mean the constant vigilance and witnessing of the mind and emotions, that a true meditation practice demands.
This dedication to a meditative life will bring you riches far beyond any that the material world can offer. This treasure is available to you, if you are willing to embrace a life long meditation practice. But along with such unworldly blessings, there are also many tangible benefits of meditation. These benefits include health and other everyday benefits, and are being constantly validated by scientists in the field today.
In this article I am going to provide you with 5 emotional benefits of meditation. The goal of all such articles is to inspire you start or deepen your meditation practice.
5 Emotional Benefits of Meditation:
Meditation unclenches your heart and in doing so it releases the blockages which prevent unbounded, spontaneous, non-causal joy to spring forth into your consciousness. Tapping into the infinite aspect of your being is the only way to have joy which is not fleeting and not dependent. Meditation makes this possible.
The simple difference between those who meditate and those who do not, is that for a meditative mind the thought occurs but is witnessed, while for an ordinary mind, the thought occurs and is the boss. So in both minds, an upsetting thought can occur, but for those who meditate it is just another thought, which is seen as such and is allowed to blossom and die, while in the ordinary mind the thought instigates a storm which rages on and on.
Thus, by maintaining the Witnessing Mindful quality, one can remain calm in situations that would otherwise lead to emotional upheaval.
One of my most favorite articles on the website is The Secret to Compassion. Meditation for many reasons makes you a kinder, gentler person. It allows to see the Oneness of everything, which is the springboard for unity and love. In addition, meditation reduces the ego centric focus of everyday thinking, thus ushering in thoughtfulness, forgiveness and other mindedness.
Without a doubt meditation which is a constant reminder of your silent, peaceful, holistic nature will transform you into a compassionate being.
4. EMOTIONAL STRENGTH:
Meditation, since it is based on the Truth and the reality of “what is”, gives you immense clarity and great inner strength. As you move further into the moment and further away from psychological time, worries, anxieties and fears start to fade and you become steady, stable and firm emotionally. You begin to depend on intelligence as the guiding force of your life, and begin to develop and enjoy the strength that comes from having trust in life and trust in yourself.
5. EMOTIONAL BALANCE:
Emotional balance, means to be free of all the neurotic behavior that results from the existence of a tortured and traumatized ego. This is very hard to achieve fully, but meditation certainly is the way to cure such neurosis and unhealthy emotional states. As one’s consciousness is cleansed of emotionally soaked memories, not only does great freedom abound, but also great balance. As one’s responses then are not colored by the burdens one carries, but are instead true, direct and appropriate.
Such balance is a true sign of a great meditator, and is available to anyone who chooses this great path.
Emotional Benefits of Meditation Summary:
One of the best things about meditation is that once to learn it and get the knack of doing it, there is no limit or cost to how much you can do. It is up to you how strong and deep you want your practice to be, so what are you waiting for? As my wife, Trupti loves to say, Go Forth and Meditate.
For those who are new to meditation, here is a free online meditation class to get you on your way.
And here is a great article, which details on How to Meditate as well…