What can I say about meditating? Not enough! It’s effects are so amazingly transformative, as I have witnessed in myself and repeatedly in my clients, that it is one of the cornerstones of my psychotherapy practice and an integral part of my winning formula for helping clients overcome a host of issues and create lives they love.
Long associated with helping practitioners achieve mental clarity, focus and psychological wellbeing, meditating also:
- Lowers heart rate and blood pressure
- Lowers cortisol and lactate-two chemicals, which are associated with stress and weight gain (especially around your waist… ACK!)
- Reduces free radical damage
- Drops cholesterol levels
- Improves airflow to lungs resulting in easier breathing, which is helpful not only for asthma patients but also for athletes needing to improve endurance.
- Decreases the aging process (whooooo hooooo!)
Below are some of the psychological and emotional benefits associated with a daily meditation practice:
- Greater creativity
- Decreased anxiety
- Decreased depression
- Decreased irritability and moodiness
- Improved learning ability and memory
- Increased happiness
- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation
- Increased emotional stability
I haven’t even hit the tip of the meditation-goodness iceberg! There are many spiritual benefits as well. As your practice deepens, so does your compassion and self-awareness. Meditating is a gift to your self. It is a way to self-nurture that does not cost a penny yet yields abundance.
Now that you know the benefits of meditating, is it enough to make you rock a daily practice? I had unsuccessfully tried to create a practice for years. It was not until I understood the connection between meditating and accessing my own massive power to create my desired health, wealth, and life that I got serious about making it a daily habit. (Big thanks to Deepak Chopra, Davidji, and The Chopra Center posse for loving guidance!)
When you allow yourself to be present and to sit in silence and stillness, you are able to quiet the mind chatter that ruminates about the past and projects into the future. This creates present moment awareness and connects you to Uni-versal energy and the infinite possibilities of your life. By looking within, you realize the depth of your potential and gain clarity about your heart’s desire and purpose in life.
And if all of that is just too esoteric, remember meditating slows the aging process and flattens a potbelly!
So, this week, I want all of you to get your booty on a pillow and sit in silence and stillness for at least 5 minutes a day. It’s as easy as RPM (Rise, Pee, Meditate) for you morning sun lovers or RAW (Right After Work) for you type-A work-a-holic types who need to decompress after the daily grind.
To make it even easier, here is a guided meditation to get you going. It’s all about LOVE. Of course! This IS The Daily Love, right?!
Share your thoughts, questions, and comments about rockin’ a meditation practice. Can you do it? Will you do it? Do you already do it? Tell me everything
Love Love Love
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Terri Cole, founder and CEO of Live Fearless and Free, is a licensed psychotherapist and expert at turning fear into freedom and transforming pain into purpose. Her and fellow Daily Love contributor Ashley Turner’s group coaching program Live Your Truth Love Your Life is just around the corner – starting May 9. For details and registration, click here.