Time for an Oil Change!

Am I the only person that forgets that the car needs an oil change?  I’m 2000kms over, and I wouldn’t have even notice if it wasn’t for my husband getting in and realizing that I was totally neglecting my poor car’s basic needs.  After I was reminded of my car’s necessity, I then went another week without phoning for an appointment to get this problem rectified.  I have no idea where my head is, but it doesn’t seem like the needs of my car are of high priority for me for some reason.

I honestly have no idea why changing the oil is so important for the upkeep of your car, so to educate myself on this subject, that I have no interest about, I googled it and found out many important facts.

First of all, I guess it maintains engine lubrication. They explained it as all the moving parts, pistons, valves, and other engine parts moving at high rates of speed under the hood of a car and these components create heat and will wear down the engine radically without proper oil lubrication.

Not only does it lubricate, it also removes particles and sludge that can be deadly to an engine. Over time, dirt can cause corrosion and diminish the life of the engine. Routine oil and filter changes help remove particles and sludge and keep engines at peak condition.

On top of this, it cools the engine components.  If the moving engine parts lack proper lubrication it creates friction, which creates heat.   Having your oil changed prevents too much friction and over-heating of the engine.

As I was educating myself the purpose of oil, I couldn’t help wishing that we could get our own “oil” changed on a regular basis.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have a device that removes sludge and crap from our lives?  The garbage that fills our mind on a daily, weekly, monthly basis that prevents us from being happy is constantly interfering in our lives.  We need a mechanism like an oil filter to filter out this muck that damages our engines and stands in the way of us living a happy and healthy life.

For me, that is what meditation does.  It helps me to get rid of the sludge that builds up daily.  Sometimes even hourly depending on the day.  Just like scientist found out that an engine needs an oil change, scientist have also realized our bodies and minds need meditation as well.

In Psychology Today, they explain 20 different reasons why we should meditate.  To sum these factors up, meditation increases immune function; decreases pain; decreases inflammation at the cellular level; it boosts your happiness; increases positive emotion; decreases depression; decreases anxiety; decreases stress; increases social connection & emotional intelligence; makes you more compassionate; makes you feel less lonely; boosts your self-control; improves your ability to regulate your emotions; improves your ability to introspect; it changes your brain by increasing grey matter; increases volume in areas related to emotion regulation; positive emotions & self-control; increases cortical thickness in areas related to paying attention; it improves your productivity; increases your focus & attention; improves your ability to multitask; improves your memory; improves your ability to be creative & think outside the box; and it makes you WISE!

Who doesn’t want all these things in their lives?  With meditation who needs an oil change!

Even the greatest man ever born took his time to meditate alone.  It is one of our body’s basic needs.  In Luke 5:15-16, it teaches us, “But the news about Jesus spread all the more, and great crowds came to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. Yet He frequently withdrew to the wilderness to pray.” 

Are you one of those people that ignore your own basic needs?  You never look after yourself and put everyone else in front of yourself?  It’s wonderful that you are selfless and giving, but you have to look after yourself to properly care for anyone else.  Stop neglecting your “oil” and start changing your life.  Try meditation today, and watch how it transforms the performance of your engine.  You will be running smoother and your life will be more enjoyable in many, many ways.  I promise!