The holidays bring about time to reflect on the importance of family and friends. Everyday our lives are filled with work, family obligations, housework and keeping the daily flow of a routine and schedule. Sometimes it almost feels as if you're just waking up to race through the day and then at night, as you lie in bed, you reflect how quickly time is passing by. Most people are focused on the future or past, but what about the present? How do you feel in this moment? Meditation is a way to allow you to streamline your energy into the present moment. Here are some bullet points about the positive outcomes you can attain if you chose to implement meditation into your everyday life:
- Helps to manage stress
- Helps you to be more aware and to cope with anxiety
- Reduces the need to cope in negative ways
- Increases self-awareness
- Can help with overeating and other addictive behaviors
There are all types of ways to learn to meditate. Some people will find their own way to find self-awareness and to allow themselves that peace. Whether it be practicing a mantra, guided imagery, or simply going for a mindful walk in nature. The simplest way to explain how to meditate is to have a moment of self-awareness and not have any thoughts of the past or future. It is allowing your mind to have a blank slate to feel the environment all around you and the sensations you have within your mind and body.
I have practiced meditation for years, for myself and with my patients. I have worked in hospice care and during the times when narcotics that were used to control pain did not work, we used this practice in combination with human touch to allow the patient to have relief of pain. I find the most compelling knowledge to be scientifically based in regards to benefits with this practice as listed below:
- Increases immune system
- Decreases pain
- Decreases inflammation at a cellular level
- Increases cortical thickness in the brain
- Decreases stress and negative emotions
- Allows you to interact better with family/coworkers
- Improves memory
In conclusion, I allow you to investigate how meditation can help you all with your everyday life. It is important to attain knowledge everyday to better your life. It will only increase your ability to allow time to slow and to be able to find peace in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.