Why Meditate? Good Question!

Place of Serenity | Why Meditate?It is a good question that you might have asked yourself.

Why meditate?

Sometimes, simply by sitting,
the soul collects wisdom
~ Zen Proverb

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Do You Call Yourself a ‘Human Being’ or a ‘Human Doing’?

We call ourselves ‘human beings’, yet many live on the treadmill of life. It might feel like you are a ‘human doing’ as you constantly juggle your busy life with work, family, squeezed social lives and everything else.

It might be rare to experience simply ‘being’.

Why meditate?

Because meditation can remind you of this ‘beingness’. When you stop still you become consciously awake. Awake to yourself and your surroundings.

You stop doing and you simply allow things to be as they are.

Most people define themselves by their job title. What I love about learning to meditate is that you cut through all the outer layers of what you present to the world.

You are left with you, pure and simple.

When you stop and sit still, you develop your stamina to stay with things the way they are instead of wanting yourself, or something around you, to be different.

The Snow Globe Effect

Why meditate?Meditation is power. Enter chaos from the place of internal stillness, and your stillness becomes a chaos buster.
~ Marianne Williamson

It may take some time for all your busy thoughts to slow down and settle.

Like a snow-globe, the first few minutes of meditation can be a whirlwind of random thoughts and emotions.

You simply observe them and sense into how your body is feeling as everything comes to rest. Or not!

When you sit still and do nothing else at all, your mind might continue to be busy in thoughts. Yet the fact that you are focusing on being present, the body is no longer multi-tasking. You cut out all other distractions, and the mind and body begin to relax.

Even if your mind continues to think, you have the choice to sustain your attention on your breath. You can choose an uplifting thought: ‘I breathe in peace’ or ‘I am love’.

Why Meditate? What are the Benefits of Meditation?

• Relaxes the body
• Calms the mindPlace of Serenity | Decision making with clarity
• Lets you connect more with your senses
• Can help manage pain
• Allows you to listen to your thoughts
• Gives you access to your deeper wisdom so you can make more considered decisions & create the life you want
• Develops your stamina to focus
• Gives perspective and balance
• Allows you insight into your emotions

Meditation has made me happy, loving, and peaceful—but not every single moment of the day. I still have good times and bad, joy and sorrow. Now I can accept setbacks more easily, with less sense of disappointment and personal failure, because meditation has taught me how to cope with the profound truth that everything changes all the time.
~ Sharon Salzberg

Meditation Helps You Grow:

  • Patience – sit still and meditate for 10 minutes. Patience is a useful life-skill!
  • Trust – that meditating is worth doing. And you learn to trust yourself and the bigger picture at large.
  • Inner strength and calm – as you have the fundamental tools to deal with any of life’s challenges.
  • Ability to suspend judgment – you are not meditating to win a prize, do it wrongly or badly. You simply become more aware without needing to judge or be critical of yourself.
  • Compassion – connect in with your heart and be gentle and understanding to your own needs.
  • Loving kindness – open-heartedness to your own self as well as towards others.
  • And Create your own life – your inner attitude, thoughts and choices create your outer life.

The list could be longer! And when you develop these qualities towards yourself, you also learn to offer them out to everyone you are in relationship with.

And in addition, there are numerous health benefits too.

Let’s return to the simplicity of being a ‘human being’.  Then it doesn’t matter how long the list of benefits; simply be!

Why meditate

Awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.
~ John O’Donohue

Why meditate?

Share this blog to remind everyone of the reasons and that we are all human beings!


Yvette Jane – Mindfulness and Meditation Guide

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