Ever wonder why people meditate? Is it right you? How to get started?
Meditation is an ancient practice that people have used for thousands of years to relieve stress, find focus, achieve balance and attain clarity of the moment.
OK, we agree that this sounds like heady stuff, but trust me, it is. And, you don’t need any special clothes, gadgets or tricks to get started.
While the forms of meditation are vast, the essence of meditation is clear: It helps cultivate mindful awareness and expanded consciousness.
For practitioners, each of us typically has a unique path that pulls us to meditate. Spurring us along could be high blood pressure, daily stress at the office, fitful sleeping or just a warm tip from a good friend. Others may use meditation to manage fearful or painful thoughts that may disrupt their day. And there are others who tap into meditation to achieve greater self-understanding, build empathy or to improve their ability to focus on complex tasks.
What’s more, many of the top athletes — professional, amateur and UltraFitOver50 — use meditation to improve performance, reduce pain and reduce recovery time.
Regardless of your path or goals, the benefits are overwhelming, yet also subtle. Simply put, meditation can help improve your entire outlook and participation in life — physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
The benefits are profound:
- Relief from stress and anxiety
- Lower blood pressure
- More efficient use of oxygen by your body
- Increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA
- Restful sleep
If that sounds good, let’s move on to “How to Begin Meditating.”