Day 8 – Meditation Matters

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21dmro_bar-321dmro_bar-3Last week we got a good understanding of how the right set of habits, especially morning habits, can have a significant impact on your life. While most people spend very little time thinking about their morning routine or habits in general, I believe our behavior, which is largely habit driven, is everything. It can bring us our dreams and if we’re not careful our nightmares. It deserves our attention and a level of understanding that gives us a greater degree of self-mastery.

This week we’ll spend our time going over habits people commonly add to their morning routine. We’ll discuss each habit and provide suggestions for implementation. Today we’ll look take a look at meditation.

Many people gravitate towards meditation in search of balance and peace. If you’ve never meditated, you may not realize how much mental chatter takes place in the mind without our consent. This chatter can leave us worse for the wear – judging what we say, do, and our life decisions. Meditation allows us to turn off that inner critic and instead experience a prolonged calming state. With regular practice, meditation can change the way your mind works by creating new neural pathways (laying the foundation for new patterns of thought) that get stronger and stronger the more they’re accessed. That means the more you practice accessing a quiet mind through meditation, the less mental chatter you’ll have over time, and the more control you’ll have over your thoughts overall.

This is powerful stuff that anyone can benefit from. Whether you struggle with anxiety or a critical nature or whether your mind is always racing and you don’t know how to slow down, meditation can work wonders in your life. And there are plenty types of meditation to choose from. There’s mindfulness, stress-relief (also known as transcendental) and Zen meditation, just to name a few. They’re all different – some place a huge emphasis on focusing the mind on something very specific – like the breath, while others help to rid the mind of all thought.

Whether it’s right for you depends on a few things.

Can it help you? The answer to that is a resounding yes! With so many types of meditation, you’re sure to find one that will help you create a more balanced life.

Are you interested or curious enough to try it? Only you can answer this. If you’re not interested, you shouldn’t do it as you won’t give the process the time and respect it needs to begin seeing concrete results.

Do you have enough time? Regardless of the amount of time you have in the morning, meditation is something you can add to your routine. It’s true many types of meditations require your undivided attention for a large period of time, but there are others that are more flexible. Think walking meditation. Here’s a link for more information.

In the end, adding meditation to your life is a positive thing. Whether now is the right time to do it depends on you. There are so many positive habits to develop and not enough time to develop them. When you look at it from that perspective, meditation is not a must in anyone’s life. If you do decide to try it, give it time. The effects are compounding and become more noticeable over time.

I will say that it’s important to have a way of processing your thoughts and emotions at a high level and in an efficient manner – one that serves to help you live a life you love. Meditation can give you this, but it’s not the only way. We’ll discuss other options as the week progresses. Choosing at least one habit that assists you in this area is recommended.