You've heard of spring cleaning for your home and workspace, but how about spiritual cleaning for your mind, body, and soul? With the anxiety-inducing state of the world at this time, it is important - no, essential - to make time for our mental health. Let this be the year you make YOU a priority. Aside from being a relaxing tool to focus your attention inward, meditation has scientifically proven benefits to heal and promote growth in many areas of your life. According to Healthline, here are top 5 benefits of Meditation in relation to health.
Number 1: Controlling Anxiety
As someone who has struggled with anxiety for many years, I myself find it helpful in a moment of high stress to take five to ten minutes out of my day to meditate. Through a variety of different mindfulness exercises coupled with controlled and steady breathing, perhaps you too could experience some relief from anxiety.
Number 2: Enhancing Self-Awareness
This is a big one. In developing a firmer sense of self-awareness and how you fit in the world around you, it is often true that you will also develop a stronger understanding as to how you relate to others' and vice versa.
Number 3: Improves Sleep
Whether you struggle with insomnia or you're just having an off night, meditation is proven to help those who practice with a much more peaceful sleep. How? It's simple. In relaxing your body and releasing tensions, you are actively working to prevent "runaway thoughts" that will often assist in sleep deprivation.
Number 4: Easily Accessible
Arguably one of the biggest sells of meditation is that it is convenient and can be done nearly anywhere! We all live busy, stressful lives; that is a given. But with the accessibility of meditation to be practiced in the comfort of your own space or in your favorite outdoor place, it becomes impossible to deny ourselves the benefits of even 5 minutes of meditation a day.
Number 5: Reducing Memory Loss
As referenced in the National Library of Medicine, "Kirtan Kriya is a method of meditation that combines a mantra or chant with repetitive motion of the fingers to focus your thoughts. Studies in people with age-related memory loss have shown it improves performance on neuropsychological tests."
Here are some SHOP items that I incorporate in my practice: