Is Meditation Really Worth the Effort?
By Genevieve Cunningham
Meditation. You’ve absolutely heard of meditation. But even though most people have heard of it, the vast majority hasn’t given it any extra thought or tried it for themselves. Why? Though it’s definitely growing in popularity, it’s not exactly mainstream. Many shy away from it simply because they don’t understand it. But many others claim that meditation can be a big powerful presence in your life. So what’s the deal? If you’re thinking of starting a meditation practice, take a look at this quick guide on the ins and outs of this self-help, health-boosting practice.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is a personal practice that involves sitting silently with your own thoughts. The idea is to either become aware of your thoughts and learn to overcome them, or to set some intentions and use your mind to work toward some goals. It's an ancient practice, though it sometimes has a new age vibe. It’s widely used across the world, and is an ever growing presence in the lives of the everyday man.
What are the Benefits?
The benefits of meditation have long been documented. A regular practice can help calm the nerves, lower blood pressure, ease anxiety, improve a positive perspective, and encourage healthy habits. Those who regularly practice are often vocal advocates (though not generally pushy) of the practice, as they know the benefits that it can bring to everyone's lives, both mentally and physically.
How Do I Learn?
If you want to learn to meditate, there are multiple places you can turn. Some people simply teach themselves through books and online resources. Others seek out teachers, though these can be hard to find depending on where you're located. No matter how you choose to learn the practice, just stick with it. It can be hard to make this practice stick, but it's worth it in the long run for your health and life in general.
Meditation is an incredible practice that can significantly change your life for the better. Is it difficult? Sometimes, especially at the beginning. Is it worth it? Most would argue that the answer is a resounding yes. Give it a try to see if it benefits your life. If so, add it to your daily routine and let the positive side effects roll into your future.
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