Is Meditation worth it?

Woman meditating

‘What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.’  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

There are so many benefits of meditation -both physical and mental: decreasing tension related pain and illness; improving sleep; reducing stress levels; developing focus and concentration; being more creative, to name just a few.

So why do so many of us resist the idea?

I suppose many of us are put off by the fact that we simply feel that we don’t have the time. Our lives are so busy that cramming another activity into an already hectic routine can seem like the final straw.

In addition we may not feel very confident about how to do it and it might seem much too difficult. It might also seem rather boring and uninspiring and the sort of practice that will become a chore rather than something to enjoy.

Actually  you only need a few minutes a day to meditate. When you consider there are 1440 minutes in every day  a 10 -15 minute slot isn’t really very long.  Developing a regular daily habit is more important than doing a prolonged practice once in a while.

Also if you can get over the hurdle of not wanting to do it and can start to feel positive about it and try to cultivate  a well motivated attitude that you’ll really enjoy it,  eventfully you will look forward to this quiet time and  it will become part of your daily life.

It isn’t at all complicated-there are different techniques- and there is definitely one that will work for you if you give it the chance.

A slight issue might be finding a comfortable posture in which to practise  but if you are uncomfortable sitting on the floor I would definitely advise you sit on a chair.  I also think it’s useful to learn how to relax so that you can sit comfortably and perhaps do a few stretches to release tension before you start. If not, you’ll spend most of the practice feeling very uncomfortable and being aware of aches and pains.

It is a  curious thing, but since I have been meditating regularly, I have noticed that I seem to have more time- not less. Maybe it is because my thoughts are less chaotic and I am starting to think more clearly, but there do seem to be more hours in a day.

(If you are interested in learning more about meditation and how to practise I am running a 4 week Introduction to Meditation course in small groups in Ipswich from September 2016 onwards.) For further information or to enrol/enquire about availability  please contact me here.

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