Our world is so active. It’s always on the move to the extent that there’s hardly any time to stop and just breathe. We are repeatedly under a lot of stress and pressure, trying to make ends meet that we forget that we need a moment of relaxation and reflection.
Many things have been said and written on the internet on meditating. There are proven benefits of this mind exercise but unfortunately so many do not still practice this. People have usually asked why they should do that when there’s hardly any time for it. Or when there are a lot of things on their mind. My usual response is this: How many of those “things” have you solved? Don’t you think you owe it to yourself to just take a chill pill?
To meditate is to train your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts to the most important things. The benefits of this exercise can’t be overemphasized. Yes, meditating is a mind exercise. If you’ve ever felt like or you are feeling like you don’t have time to think, this exercise is probably for you.
I’ve always asked myself why we can’t seem to take the time to declutter our crowded minds. Imagine coming into a place, say your bedroom, and you can’t even find a place to step on or sit on because there are clothes and papers strewn across every surface. Then, you begin putting things in place and trying to make your bedroom more habitable. I’m sure you will agree with me that the end result- your room looking tidy and organized is worth your effort and time. This is the essence of meditation. It organizes your mind.
Say the focal point of your bedroom is a picture of yourself hanging on the wall above the head of your bed. You will agree with me when I say that the clutter will be a distraction and that the picture can only regain its position as the focal point when the room is organized. This is another importance of meditation- it brings things to focus. It makes us concentrate on what really matters. In the haze of our activities, we usually forget the most important things. Meditation remedies this problem.
Assuming the imagined bedroom is your safe haven, a place where you come to rest in after a long day, and you probably forgot that you left it in a mess in the morning while hurrying off to work (or wherever), you will agree with me that when you come back from work wanting to cool off you will be pissed to find it disarranged and you may not be able to rest in that kind of environment until it’s in order. Meditation helps us relax. We are usually stressed and filled with anxiety due to whatever is going on with or around us. Meditation frees us from this.
In summary, the three main benefits of meditating are:
- It organizes our minds and thoughts.
- It makes us concentrate on what really matters and makes us more focused.
- It relaxes us by reducing stress and anxiety.
The above mentioned benefits are the general importance of carrying out this exercise. In the next post, I’ll be talking about the impart meditation has on us physically, psychologically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.