At the end of the day, I can end up just totally wacky, because I’ve made mountains out of molehills. With meditation, I can keep them as molehills.
The Spiritual Benefits of Meditation
I have previously done an article on the Scientific Benefits of Meditation which focused more on the health benefits of meditation. Today I want to focus more on the impact of meditation on more intangible things such as your attitude, your subconscious and your mind.
Meditation Gives you a Different Perspective on Life
When people first hear about meditation they are completely shocked that people actually sit for hours doing nothing. I know how it sounds – it sounds plain stupid. It seems as if it is so much more fun and fulfilling to do anything but that. But that’s the thing. Before people discover the benefits of meditation their perspective on life and what is considered ‘fun’ and happiness is completely different. They think that you actually have to do something to be happy. You’re not happy until you make a lot of money, have that car or your relationships are in place.
There is nothing wrong with having dreams and achieving goals. Success can certainly make you happy but true happiness must come from within. When I say true happiness I mean happiness that can’t be taken away. No matter how successful you think you are you can always lose it all. Your spouse can leave you, your business can crash with the economy, you can lose all your money, etc. All of this external validation where we think we are happy can be taken away. True happiness is happiness that can’t be taken away. Happiness that is totally within and doesn’t depend on anything else. Being totally okay with who you are right now.
When you start to implement meditation into your daily routine you realize that ‘fun’ isn’t what you thought it was. You realize that most people have fake fun. What people try to do is they simply try to active their dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain through chemicals or stimulus.
I have had plenty of fun just meditating and doing nothing. You don’t need to do ‘something’ to have stimulus to be fun and happy. You can just be happy with the present moment and your present self. If anything you will be the most happy like this because you know you will never go anywhere.
If you are still perplexed on why you should meditate it is probably because you have never correctly meditated before previously. So your perspective on life is just different. I would recommend everybody meditate at least 5 minutes a day. Try to get rid of all thought during these 5 minutes and focus on your breathing it is not nearly as bad as you may think.
We Become More Certain
By connecting with our inner selves through meditation we become more confident and more certain about ourselves. This is because we don’t rely on external sources for our confidence. When we can find happiness within ourselves other people’s opinions don’t matter to us. We know exactly who we are and we feel much more certain on what we want and where we are going.
Meditation also allows us to realize the present moment. A lot of us are uncertain because our brains conjure up past mistakes and project future possibilities. Once you start meditating there is no past or future, in fact there is no time. You won’t even realize how long you’ve been meditating for. This is an interesting feeling to say the least and once you realize that you can actually forget about the whole concept of time your perspective of life will change completely. You will be less inclined to believe the mental projects of the future your brain produces. Most importantly you will feel like you have true power over your own thoughts and therefore your life.
Have a great day!
If you want to learn more benefits of meditation check out the video below. It goes through all benefits of meditation, not just spiritual but physical and existential as well.