Meditation is not everyone’s cup of tea. Some people like it, some people don’t, and yet others still loathe the practice of sitting and being still. The reason for this varies, but mostly people who are not sure about the practice may not be aware of some of the benefits of how it can support your overall health and recovery. In the larger scheme of things, it may seem like a small thing, but making time for it can be a life changing if you open to the possibilities.
The challenge with doing meditation is that you don’t know what you’re missing until you have missed out. The benefits are being studied and researchers have found many reasons it is good for our health and well-being more often than not. It is easy and free to practice anywhere, but you have to be ready and willing to participate in it for yourself. Some of the benefits of just doing meditation a few minutes per day:
- Reduced anxiety
- Supported immunity
- Pain control
- Emotional, physical, and spiritual benefits
The key to getting benefits from meditation is finding that you are not just sitting down to meditate and have stillness, your entire life can actually be impacted for the better.
Meditation is as much physical as it is mental. When people think of meditation, they may consider sitting in one pose for some period of time. There are actually walking meditations and various ways to explore meditation that have less to do with sitting and more to do with how you let your brain be free. Meditation is about quieting the mind, where nothing in particular can come to mind straight away. Exercise itself is meditative if you let your mind be free of excess clutter and thoughts. The trick with meditation is not to eliminate the thoughts, but to let them pass through your mind without holding too tightly onto them.
Oftentimes when people take up a practice, it is because they want to be ‘successful’ at it or achieve some end goal. With meditation, as in recovery, there is no end game. A person does not grow more successful at meditation by simply doing it more often, more correctly, or with more proper form and technique. All of that is true in terms of learning and growing in a personal practice, but meditation can benefit people who are doing it only once in awhile for short bursts of time as much as someone doing it regularly. Meditation is about healing from the world, the stress, and releasing it all into the universe so the person can carry on with their lives feeling more connected to themselves, others, and the universe at large. It deepens the perspective that we are not alone in the journey of recovery and are wrestling with things that feel just as heavy as another person’s stuff does to them. It allows freedom to let it all go, if just for a moment, to explore freedom of mind, body, and soul through a simple, effective practice that has been around for centuries.
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