Why You Need Meditation in Your Life

November 6, 2020

We’ve all heard how good meditation is for us and how adopting a consistent practice in our lives leads to all of these amazing results….but what does it really do and why? Why is sitting quietly so important and what makes it so great for us?

To meditate simply means to get quiet and redirect your thoughts and focus. Meditation comes in may forms for different people. Some find that going on a run is their meditation, movement helps them to clear their mind. Others find that sitting being guided is what works best for them. Whatever form of meditation you practice, the benefits are the same.

So what are these amazing benefits I speak of? Well I’ve put together a quick little list highlighting 5 of my favourite ones!

  • IT REDUCES STRESS. When we slow our bodies and focus on our breath, we activate our para-sympathetic nervous system (PSN)-the system within our bodies that is responsible for resting and digesting. When activated, our PSN begins to slow our heart rate and lower our blood pressure. Our body fully begins to slow therefore easing into a relaxed state, and it is in this state that allows healing. Our cortisol levels decrease which reduces inflammation and increases the power of our immune system.
  • THERE ARE NO NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS. As noted above, meditation also works on a cellular level, and those actions reduce pain, anxiety and can ease depression. Nothing bad comes from meditation, no nasty side-effects or negative outcomes. This makes meditation an amazing tool to help treat illnesses such as anxiety, pain, depression and stress.
  • IT SLOWS YOUR BRAIN FROM AGING. It has been shown that a regular meditation practice actually slows the gradual and inevitable decline in cognition that comes with aging. Regular meditation also helps to decrease our chances of dementia! In fact, it has been said that at the age of 50, brains of meditators appeared to be over 7 years younger than non-meditators!
  • FOCUS AND CLARITY COME EASIER. In our world today staying focused on what’s important is more necessary than ever! Meditation brings our focus back to within, all the noise of our external environment fades as the important stuff comes to the frontline. This allows us to be more productive and present within our lives, thus leading to more of a feeling of control and peace.
  • IT’S FREE!! Meditation is one of the extremely rare things you can do without needing to spend $1! You need no fancy equipment, not one ounce of training…all you need is just 10 minutes a few days a week!

Sounds amazing, right? Wondering how or where to start? No worries, I gotcha:)

Try this short but effective guided meditation…

What have you got to lose, besides stress, anxiety……….

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2 Comments

  • Susan Stabb

    December 6, 2020 at 9:11 am

    It works…that is all I know…It has promoted and taught me many things…most of all,,,,is to let go of shit I cannot control in my life and in the life of others…I think as “healers” …we want everything to be optimal..optimal in lives around us that we cannot modify..medicate…or change….and that sometimes frustrates thefuck out of me….cause…we as nurses sometimes have that need to be in control…whether it’s someone’s level of pain…their blood pressure…the time we bathe them….we like to call the shots….lol…But…I get older …and I think wiser….and have had shit thrown back…so….I have learned to walk away and control only that which is in my own ability…my shit…my zoo,,,,my monkeys….just me….I feel better that I do not have to fix other’s stuff…life choices…situations…whatever….just me… It has taken 62 years to make that perfectly clear to me…I still struggle…and have to remind myself how much easier life is when you let life roll out as it should,,,,inhale…exhale…..move forward….just one life…..funny when we do that….sometimes stuff just falls into place anyways…..love yah sister…

    1. Yoga by Kim

      December 26, 2020 at 3:48 pm

      It certainly does Sue!! You are such an inspiration, taking control of your spiritual life and embracing it!!
      Love ya right back!!
      xo

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