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Why Meditate

Meditation is good for you!!

Need I say more?

You can find a stack of different websites that tell you so.  They will outline in great detail what meditation is and why you should try it.

Here you will find a simple list of benefits that you can absorb quickly.  I will continue to update this page with links for more information.  And, as always, feel free to ask me questions if you have any.

After reviewing a lot of documentation, both online and off, I found the best and most useful list of meditation  benefits on Deepak Chopra’s – the Chopra Centered Lifestyle.  These benefits include:

  • Healing – decreased blood pressure and hypertension, lower cholesterol levels, improved immunity, reduced anxiety, and many more.
  • Reducing stress and burnout – regular meditation dissipates accumulated stress and cultivates a state of restful alertness.
  • Enhancing your concentration, memory and ability to learn – meditation is a powerful tool for awakening new neural connections and even transforming regions of the brain.
  • Helping you to create more loving, harmonious relationships – when you’re feeling balanced and centered, it is much easier to respond with awareness rather than react and say something that you’ll later regret.
  • Improving your creativity and problem solving skills – we each have an estimated 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts a day – unfortunately, many of them are the same thoughts we had yesterday, last week, and last year. Meditation is a powerful practice for going beyond habitual, conditioned thought patterns into a state of expanded awareness.
  • Decreasing depression, anxiety and insomnia – the deep state of rest produced by meditation triggers the brain to release neurotransmitters, including dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins. Each of these naturally occurring brain chemicals has been linked to different aspects of happiness.

There are just so many amazing benefits that you have to ask, why isn’t everyone doing it?  Unfortunately, I know many people who won’t even try meditation because they don’t believe they can do it, or they feel their mind is just too busy.  If this is you, know that you can do it, and it’s really not that hard.  Be aware that any defensiveness around meditating is just your ego at work.  Meditation is very threatening to the ego and the busy state of mind that most of us experience in our daily lives. Consequently, it does take some effort for most beginners to actually enjoy a meditation practice.   But believe me when I say that is absolutely worth it.

For more information:

Deepak Chopra’s Why Meditate

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