Meditation is becoming more popular by the minute.
Science is publishing new articles proving the positive effects of meditation daily. The evidence is clear. Meditation is beneficial to countless areas of our lives.
So how do you know if meditation is right for you?
Here are ten signs you should give meditation a try.
1. Stressed out from work
Work easily stresses us out nowadays. Whether it’s the thousands of emails in our inbox or the million other tasks that are on our to-do list.
Meditation counters this daily stress.
By bringing yourself back to the present moment, meditation relaxes us to the point that stress vanishes and fulfillment arises.
2. Worried about something
“Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.” – Thomas Carlyle
Worry appears when we think about the past or future, but life is here and now. We can’t change anything but the present, so why try?
Meditation is exactly that! It’s bringing our minds back to the present moment to live fully now. It’s redirecting our crazy, chaotic, minds out of worrying and into the now.
3. Have a Creative Block
We often lose our creative edge in our busy lives, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
No wonder so many successful people are taking up meditation.
“It was a powerfully energizing yet calming experience. I didn’t want it to end.” – Oprah Winfrey
4. Addicted to something
Addictions surround our daily lives, however small they me be. Including matters as small as cell phone, Television, Internet and Junk Food addictions.
Addicts feel impulses that urge them to relapse. With Meditation we’re able to be a witness to these impulses rather than reacting to them.
A meditative mind observes the arising and disappearing of cravings in a detached, unemotional way.
5. Always Distracted
Whether it’s our thoughts, phones, the internet, or anything else. Our attention span is continually decreasing as a result of the plethora of new technology in our lives.
Meditation helps us gain focus and concentration back, resulting in less distractions.
Dive further into this concept with an article from what meditation really is.
6. Trouble controlling emotions
A widely recognized term within the meditation community is Equanimity. It’s a one word explanation of the benefit of emotional control that one develops through meditation.
Emotional control could be an extremely valuable asset in life, that alone is reason enough to give meditation a try!
A great article about equanimity from the Yoga Journal defines and gives in-depth examples of equanimity.
“equanimity, a state of even-minded openness that allows for a balanced, clear response to all situations, rather than a response borne of reactivity or emotion” – Yoga Journal
True happiness is found in the present moment, not some magical rose garden in the near future. Even if the present moment includes a chaotic subway station with endless chattering and loud noises.
The present moment brings feeling of peace, fulfillment, inner joy and happiness, a perfect solution to countering depression.
8. You think too much
Thinking is beneficial, don’t get me wrong. But too much thinking, not so much.
There are certain time to think, and other times to just “be”.
The problem is that nearly all people think during each of the situations listed above.
From now on, focus on living in the present moment while doing the things listed in the right column. This is a surefire way to bring more happiness and fulfillment into your life.
Meditation is a great way to gain back some energy. Our habits, such as worrying, drain all the energy out of our body, being in the present moment restores that lost energy.
It vitalizes us in a way never imagined. Mind Body Vortex does a great job of explaining this.
10. Can’t focus/ Not Productive
Our culture has done a great job at distracting us, teaching us to multitask, etc. that we have lost the ability to focus.
Mindfulness Meditation teaches us to focus on a single experience at a time. This concept of focusing on one thing at a time can be translated into all aspects of life, as explained by everyday-mindfulness.
Do you think meditation is for something you should do yet? If so, check out my simple guide to meditation.
Or, do you want some more information on meditation first? I would recommend this post by Live Learn Evolve on 5 ways it will transform your life.
Another resource is this guided meditation by Leo Gura from Actualized.org. (Watch Below)
As always, thanks for reading. Please comment below and tell me what you thought. Are you interested in meditation now? I’d love to hear your stories once you try it! Please Share.