You may find plenty of articles on the internet explaining benefits of meditation. Scientists will tell you that this and that is happening in your organism. But what are the real benefits, I mean in daily life?
I know more about myself than those researchers, right? And you know more about yourself than me, right? So it is best for you to try it yourself and tell me – what are YOUR benefits of meditation? I’m sure there will be some. I will not try to convince you that scientific research show that meditation is good for YOU. I will say, that for me it was useful, explain why and maybe I will INSPIRE you to try. It is all my experience.
So, the benefits:
1. I can cope with stress better
Remember the post when I explained what happened with me when I thought I lost my travel buddy Zayts? (HERE if you don’t) How could I manage to clearly see the sequence of emotions in such a stressful situation?
That is because of meditation. While meditating one practice to observe himself, so, I am better at observing myself.
If I observe myself and manage to see when emotions are coming, I can choose whether to react to them or not. Whether my action of thought should become an action of body or not. If I realize how I hate something, should I break this thing into pieces?
That means I am less likely to get lost in the panic because I feel when panic comes and can do something about that. Should I stop or can I continue?
While meditating one practice to be calm. How can I stay calm in my everyday life if I don’t know what calmness is?
When I know this state well and know how it is connected to breathing I can make myself calm more quickly. I need some deep and slow breaths, a moment of attention on that breath, and the stress begins evaporating.
Less stress means I can understand the situation more quickly, make better decisions. (Better decisions = higher salary or more success in business if that inspires you)
2. I can cope with fear better
Fear comes like any other emotion. I do not say that I don’t feel fear, I feel it, but I can choose whether to react to it or not before it takes control of my mind. Meditation lengthens the time before fear takes control of my mind. Maybe one day it will not take any control at all.
The same is with other emotions – anxiety, anger, even joy. Continue, or do something about this?
When random emotions have less control over my life, I can hold the rudder of my life more often.
3. I can hurry less and do more
While meditating one practice to let go thoughts. That means, thoughts do not accumulate in my head and do not create a traffic jam of thoughts.
While meditating one practice to concentrate.
So, I have fewer thoughts, and I can better concentrate. Better concentration means more productive work. More productive work means more work is done. More work done in the same amount of time means less hurrying.
Fifteen minutes a day spent meditating, actually saves me time. Half hour – even more time.
4. I have better relations with people
When I am able to understand myself better, I can understand others better as well. I am no different from others – same emotions, same reactions.
That means, I can see when some emotions come in other people, and maybe sometimes predict their actions. Will they get mad? Will they be disappointed? Will they be happy?
So, I can try to avoid disappointing others, try to avoid making them mad, try making them happy.
Also, I deal with my emotions better, so it is more difficult for others to make me mad or angry. That is why I am a better listener have fewer conflicts, and can communicate with people better.
5. My mind is better organized
When I see things more clearly, I can explain things to people better. They say I should be a teacher. Maybe I should try?
Also, I see better why I need things. Money? I don’t need them, I need that what can I buy with them. Things? I only need experiences they can provide. Experiences? I only need them to learn about myself. Learning about myself? This is for happiness. And et cetera et cetera…
6. I am distracted less by random things
When I observe myself and I am concentrated, I see better what is influencing my actions. Someone’s opinion? Advertisement? The pressure of the society?
Again, I can see the influence coming, and decide – continue or do something about this?
The same with short moments of pain and pleasure. Short bursts of fear and craving. They distract me less from my big aims.
Why should I pursue short moments of pleasure, if I can concentrate on more meaningful things, that give me long-term happiness?
7. I hear my inner voice better
With less instinctive reactions to fear and craving, as well as pain and pleasure I can hear my inner voice better.
What is the inner voice? Some people call it heart, spirit, intuition, gut, superlogic, unconsciousness, heaven, god, buddha nature and many other different names. It is just when you know what you should do next. (full article about inner voice is here).
Write a blog! – said my inner voice. Let’s look where will it take me.
8. I enjoy my life more
With fewer reactions to fear and craving, pain and pleasure, I can enjoy life more. Now I can enjoy simple things more. The sun through the window is enough to make the day better.
Now I can do things much better, which I hated before. And now I am doing more things that I like but haven’t done. This solves “love what you do or do what you love” puzzle. The answer is – with the right attitude both happen. No force, or self-suggestion, it just happens.
9. I have a better posture
I meditate sitting cross-legged on a pillow, so I practice keeping my back straight. So, I am getting used to it, I keep my back straight more often while walking, sitting and so on.
10. I sleep better
No matter what happened, I am able to relax without any kind music.
Being able to make myself calm, to concentrate on what I feel, to deal with stress and to work with breath helps me to have a better sleep in any situation. That’s useful while traveling, overworking and in many other cases.
There are still so much to improve. To achieve better and better results – but not in meditation – in my everyday life. Meditation is not for monks, it is for everyone, it is like an exercise of the mind, the mind you use in your everyday life. Not logic, not intelligence or knowledge, but the mind that controls all your biology and psychology.
Meditation is an exercise for mind, like sports for muscle. If you use your mind in your everyday life, then how are you training it?
Check my other articles about meditation, it’s all from experience:
- How to meditate? Extensive meditation guidelines for beginners who want to try
- What kind of trick is meditation? 9 myths that prevent people from trying it
- And an e-book: Meditation for beginners. Your first step.