Meditation is – and always will be – an instrument for personal observation and growth. Everybody knows that meditation is a good practice with a lot of health benefits: it reduces stress, controls anxiety, encourages emotional health, self-awareness… and much, much more.
However, with everyone always talking about the advantages of meditation, it can also be overwhelming to get started. Even if it seems complicated and demanding, meditation is much easier to do than you’d believe. Here are seven reasons why meditation is easier than you think!
1. The secret to clearing your mind
Often, one of the hardest parts of meditation is learning to clear your mind. Even if your head is full of thoughts and problems, don’t panic: it really is a lot easier than it sounds. The trick to meditation is to actually allow thoughts into your head, and then let them go. And as you further increase your practice, it will get easier and easier. Sitting there, telling yourself not to think, isn’t helpful because – in this way – you’re still actively thinking. Try directing your attention to your breathing.
2. You don’t have to be sitting
When you imagine someone meditating, you’re probably thinking of someone sitting on the floor, legs crossed and chanting “Ommmmmm”… Myth Busted: that’s not the only way to meditate. There is no rule on how you meditate. Position is not what matters, it’s your mindset. You don’t have to sit in a complicated position in order to meditate. You might be sitting in a chair at work, on the sofa at home or sitting up in your bed: you might be anywhere where you feel safe and calm.
3. Meditation is not just a morning activity
It’s common for meditation to be a part of a morning routine: starting a busy day with meditation is a great way to clear your mind and let all your problems go away. However, morning is not the only time when you can take time to contemplate. Meditation is truly an all-day activity.
4. It won’t take up much of your day
Managing your daily meditation practice is not so complicated: all you need is about 20 minutes twice a day. Commonly you could start your day with 20 minutes of meditation and then, in the late afternoon or early evening, it is time to close your eyes again. But if I have a really busy day? Meditators find they time because they feel clearer minded and able to get through their ‘to do’ list much faster.
5. Meditation is for everyone
Meditation brings together the best of ancient knowledge and connects it with a practical approach for busy people. It’s easy, efficient and works for everyone no matter what their cultural orientation.
6. Meditation isn’t a religious cult or a belief system
Meditation is not necessarily a religious practice. However, it does have a spiritual dimension. When you meditate you contact your essence. Regular contact with that calm, inner state of accomplishment means that you can start to fix it in your knowledge. There’s no belief system that you need to embrace. You don’t have to change your life in any way. All you need to do, is do it.
7. You don’t have to wait it out to feel the benefits
Meditation is not something you need to do for six months before you see results. From the first session, you’ll start to notice benefits of getting that deep rest and taking that inner field of bliss and creative intelligence.
No doubt: meditation is much easier to do than you’d think. Correct meditation has nothing to do with concentration or controlling your mind. With the right guide, it’s possible for everyone to settle down their mind and pick up the more blissful, inner layers of consciousness. So correct meditation is easy and natural… And when something is easy and natural, it’s enjoyable!