Meditation. Why does this word scare so many people? Isn’t it silly how something that really needs no connection to any belief system, or any tradition can send people scurrying for the hills.
This ancient art form has been scientifically proven to help you spend time in a state of conscious rest that is more restful than sleep, because unless in a deep sleep you don’t enter the state of conscious rest. So, why would this aspect of mediation terrify people?
Mediation also helps you get to know yourself better, helps you appreciate yourself and other more and can help you sleep more soundly. Again! Downright scary stuff!
Entering this state of conscious rest also helps you to be more efficient and creative, hold onto less stress, and lowers your blood pressure. Most importantly, every time you sit and meditate, your stored up stress will dissolve bit by bit which helps your body release the states of tension and disease, both at the surface and deep within your cells. Once again! Horrifying!
With so much research on the effect of stress on our bodies, with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, etc., why wouldn’t people want to spend twenty to forty minutes of their days in meditation to help lift their stresses and sooth their souls, or inner self, or the deeper you…whatever you want to label it, that doesn’t make your body tremble in fear.
Meditating is just a good health practice. Medicine for your entire body. Totally natural. You don’t have to attach any spiritual context to it what-so-ever. Just do it for your own peace of mind. To connect with yourself on a deeper level. Just to reach that state of restful consciousness.
For the spiritual folks, this is a great way to sit in silence and contemplate on your bigger issues of your life and hear the quiet whispers of our Divine. Even Jesus himself would go off on his own to pray or meditate.
I’ve always been drawn to the verse in Matthew 6:22 where Jesus says, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” I feel through meditation, you can make your eye healthy and in turn make your whole body healthy and full of God’s goodness.
I know the word might seem terrifying, but is the furthest thing from scary. Since I started a form of meditation that I found recently, I don’t have that afternoon lull where I want to have a nap. I find I wake up in the mornings on my own feeling rested and ready for my day, instead of being forced awake by the alarm clock. I’m not totally wiped at the end of my day and yet I get a much deeper sleep.
If you’ve been following my blogs at all, the most important thing I’d want you to take out of them all is this one thing. Mediate. To me, it is the fastest way to find your inner happiness. Remember, nobody or nothing can make you happy, beside you. Go find the inner you and you will find this happiness and self-healing. Medicine for your soul. Research it and find the method that works best for you. You won’t regret it!