I have experienced powerful benefits emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually through my meditation practice. I didn't think I would feel a lot of its benefits to be honest but let me tell you I have.
So, word around town is that meditation will leave your body feeling calm with better sleep than ever before - and that's what I really needed. My anxiety was at a 10, like a light switch that couldn't turn off. My sleep was always interrupted with jolts of anxiety and nightmares. So, I figured I'd give it a try.
- I feel so much calm in my day. The only way I describe it is a gentle quietness in my head. Thoughts still run but they don't find myself spiraling.
- In about 5 days with 20 minutes of meditation I found myself able to focus on my tasks.
- I'm a creative person. However, if you want to expand or increase your creativity meditation is it! I do however plan out my day or else I will be up all night creating. This brings me to the next benefit:
- I need less sleep. I've learned that this happens with regular meditating. I do feel rested throughout the day.
- My memory has improved greatly. I've been doing a bit of test taking for this course I'm in and I was so surprised that I passed every single one. My forgetfulness is now few and far between. A big win for me!
- 2018 was the year of deep depression and anxiety for me. I've found that both have decreased considerably with meditation and of course making life changes.
- My self awareness: My emotions used to run all over the place at any point in time. Today, I am aware of the feelings that arise in my body. I am able to name them and be able to adjust my emotions without judgement and frustration.
- An increase in brain matter improve learning and memory processing
- A decrease in rumination and depression.
- An increased in creativity
- The ability to make decisions quick;y and clearly
The science behind meditation benefits
1. Deyo, M., Wilson, K. A., Ong, J., & Koopman, C. (2009). Mindfulness and rumination: does mindfulness training lead to reductions in the ruminative thinking associated with depression?. Explore (New York, N.Y.), 5(5), 265–271. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2009.06.005