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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?
“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” -Jim Carrey
Happiness is right in front of our eyes. It is staring us in the face, but we’re so distracted with life that we become depressed, angry, dissatisfied and much more. We’re chasing the American Dream, but the American Dream is not my dream. It limits our happiness to material possessions and creates a faint light in the distance. It always keeps us waiting for something. Waiting for the right moment to be happy. For some it’s the weekend, for others it’s the next vacation and for most it is retirement. Yet we always find some way to put off our Happiness.
As a teenager I am asking myself, do I really want to travel down this road. There has to be some other way, a different road to happiness. Just think about the quote by Jim Carrey above, being successful doesn’t make you happy. It merely gives you a burst of excitement that last for a week at the most and then dissipates at the blink of an eye. Nothing lasts forever, at least nothing that we’re currently chasing.
There is some other way. It’s about embracing the moment. Embracing what’s right in front of you. Sometimes we just need some alone time to sit and embrace the present moment. Listen to the bird’s chirp, or the wind rustle. Feel the sensations streaming throughout your body. They can bring you a sense of inner satisfaction that you’ve never felt before.
This is something that you can always lean back on. Through the good and the bad times. Through the up’s and the down’s. If practiced correctly, it can bring you lasting happiness in your life.
So Embrace the Moment. Don’t run from it.
The first step to a happier, more mindful life is this: find time throughout your day to relax and forget about all your worries. Become your senses. Embrace the sights, sounds, aromas, and internal feelings of the present moment.
“Every morning we are born again, what we do today is what matters most.” -Siddhartha Gautama
The countless misconceptions and stereotypes about meditation cause people to never undertake in the habit of meditating everyday. The benefits themselves are enough a reason to meditate. As stated by Sam Harris “A vast majority of life’s problems can be solved through meditation”. These benefits are all the result of being able to live in the present moment. The good news is that you don’t have to be a zen master to see the benefits of it. Here are a few of the benign outcomes of meditation, which you can use as reasons to create your own daily meditation habit.