Meditation: 5 Reasons It’s Good For You

I want to preface today’s post with a confession. I have been closed-minded to meditation in the past because of my own personal pre-conceived ideas and notions about what it is. However, after studying the benefits and how-to’s of meditation, I now see how it can not only be greatly beneficial but is a NECESSARY practice in this fast-paced world.

Meditation can hold different meaning for each individual while the practice is the same – much like yoga. In the next 2 blog posts I’m going to answer the question about what it is, share the benefits of practicing it and then share some how-to’s and tips for incorporating it into your life.

So I encourage you to put aside everything you’ve thought, read, heard, whatever about meditation and just follow me for the next couple blog posts. Can you do that?

“Suppose you read about a pill that you could take once a day to reduce anxiety and increase your contentment. Would you take it? Suppose further that the pill has a great variety of side effects, all of them good: increased self-esteem, empathy, and trust; it even improves memory. Suppose, finally, that the pill is all natural and costs nothing. Now would you take it? The pill exists. It is meditation. ” ~ Jonathan Haidt

That quote in and of itself is a pretty amazing reason to give meditation a shot, is it not?

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Busy Butterflies – Finding Inner Peace In A Crazy World

When I hear the word “meditation,” I think of sitting uncomfortably while my thoughts swarm around in my head unbidden, like a rabble of fanciful butterflies.

Don’t get me wrong, I love butterflies but when I’m trying to slow my thoughts and focus? Not so much.

Is it so surprising, then, that the typical form of meditation is one areas of mental wellbeing that I have not exactly explored? I think not.

However, I am the first person who will admit that your mental wellbeing and physical wellbeing are equally important and probably pretty inextricably linked. Continue reading “Busy Butterflies — Finding Inner Peace In A Crazy World”