Have you tried meditating before and then decided it was not for you after a couple times times because there was no benefit? The key to seeing the benefits of meditation is practicing it consistently. Find out some benefits of meditation, the different types, and a few tips to help you get started with this practice.
What I Thought Meditation Was
Meditation was something that always caught my attention but, it was soooo hard to get into. It looked like a simple practice yet so hard to figure out. This foundational practice took time (years) for me to see the benefits because I was not used to it and I did not practice it consistently. I thought meditation was about having your mind blank. Really that is not how it works. Having a mind blank is almost like saying "stop breathing." Our mind naturally thinks a lot. The practice that helped me when starting of was drawing my attention back to my breathing anytime I caught my mind wondering.
What Is Meditation
Meditation is a practice and an art of simply being, relaxing the mind, becoming fully familiar with thy self and conscious thoughts. There are different kinds of meditation practices. I've done guided, mantras, mindfulness, or visualizations with deep breathing. Other types include transcendental, mindfulness, or yoga. There are also different ways to practice, sitting down, laying down, walking, journaling etc. The key thing is to remember to be consistent in practice. It does not need to be everyday though the more you make it a habit, the more benefits you will notice.
Benefits Of Meditating
Meditation has been proven to decrease stress, improve mental clarity, energy, foster creativity, pain reduction, mitigate addiction, reduces depression, decreases anxiety, improves cognitive function and more.  It is said that meditation can help you achieve five times a deeper rest than sleep. In the modern world, there is too much chronic stress that has us to be more on fight or flight, running on high cortisol, and taking a toll on our adrenals, mental health and overall wellness.
Other things meditation can help with:
- Protect against heart disease
- Reduces inflammation
- Strengthen immunity
- Improves blood flow
- Lowers blood pressure 
- Maintain healthy brain structure and open new pathways
What My Meditation Practice Has Taught Me
Though not everyone will experience the same benefits, what my meditation practices has taught me over the years is:
- Feeling attuned with my body
- Changing my physiology to a calm state
- Deeper rest
- Having more empathy and gratitude
- Increasing patience and tolerance
- Increasing the time between response vs. reacting
- Flexibility in changing my perspective
- Becoming more reflective & so much more
It has taught me to separate my thoughts and feelings that are not facts. In other words, I have noticed cognitive distortions that rise up and recognize patterns from the old self. It truly has been a powerful experience that may be hard to put in to words. I have also felt a series of emotions and have allowed them to be felt. I love combining meditation now in the morning with my Red Light Therapy device Lumebox (you can get $250 off using my link) which helps me feel even more grounded, improve my mood and cognitive function.
Tips To Help You Practice Meditating
Tips if you want to try this practice:
- Identify your why. Why do you want to try meditation? Set an intention
- Start small. Maybe 1 minute and slowly build up
- Enhance your meditation practice with background music like binaural beats
- Pick a time in the morning when you wake up or before bedtime which are the best times to get started
- Try different modalities and postures to see what feels better for you
- Allow your mind to wonder and return your attention back to your breathing
- Observe your thoughts as they come and go but do not engage with them
- Commit to it. Set a goal that will help you stick to meditation. A few minutes a day is more effective than 30-45 minutes one day a week
- Meditation can be for anyone. Anyone who says that they do not need meditation, are the people that could benefit from it
- Learn more about it
Meditation Apps/ Other Resources To Help You Get Started
We live in a world where we can find information about anything and become resourceful. Here are a few apps to help you ease into meditation to learn more about it. *Note: Some apps may require to pay for some services, but you can try to free versions first.
- Ten Percent Happier
- Stop, Breathe, & Think
Resources to learn more:
- Dr. Joe Dispenza
- Broken Brain Podcast with Dhru Purohit Ep. 13: "Meditation Takes You Deeper Than Sleep" with Light Watkins
Have you tried meditation? What benefits have you noticed? Share with me in the comment section!