So, as some of you would know, I am an avid fan of meditation and greatly believe in it as a tool of conquering yourself.
Heck, I wrote an entire article about how important meditation is, claiming that while it does have some flaws, most of them are fully manageable if you have the right instructor to guide you.
With all of those facts to make a case, you probably wonder what this article is all about. What do I mean by asking “What is the importance of meditation?”?
What compelled me to write this particular article is a conversation I had recently with a friend of mine.
He has his own issues in life, and after hearing his story I advised him to try and do some meditative exercises after a good night of sleep, even if he really didn’t feel like it.
Not all of us are morning people after all.
In return, he said he didn’t have the time, something that caused me to narrow my eyes at him.
I am not a fan of excuses, people use them to justify their feelings, confusing them as logic and reason.
Normally I would roll my eyes and tell him to get lost. Seriously, what’s the point in telling someone your story and asking for help if you aren’t going to be using it in the first place?
However, that person was my friend, and I felt inclined to help him out, even if he wasn’t able to help himself.
So I told him that he can make enough time if he wanted it badly enough and that it really could change his life.
Heck, I even gave some examples and quotes from researchers to prove my point.
He kind of slipped around the point and left, leaving me pretty confused.
I couldn’t help but to wonder, why did he take my advice. Time isn’t really an issue, the guy oversleeps as-is (which is a symptom of depression, mind you.), so going to bed early and wake up an hour beforehand should be a practice of healthy habits, something which will assist him in the long run as well.
It wasn’t his motivation either. Sure, he wasn’t desperate enough to try everything that was offered to him, yet something as helpful, if not flat-out vital, like meditation, shouldn’t have been disregarded so easily.
As it turns out, by just thinking about that I already discovered what was his problem, to begin with.
What is the importance of meditation?
Yep, that’s actually a pretty good question.
One that I failed to answer.
Sure, I gave him facts and statistics, and those are nice and all, yet they weren’t enough.
When I ask myself “what is the importance of meditation?” the real question I wanted to be answered is “what is the importance of meditation when compared to everything else in my life?”
Confused? Here’s the deal:
It doesn’t matter how awesome something is, it doesn’t make it important. Benefits may give someone an initiative, but in most cases, they need to be able to believe that it will benefit *them* specifically, and why they should take their time to bother with that.
Sure, you might see a bunch of guys getting muscular at the gym, heck, you might even read a bunch of facts, studies, and researches about the benefits of going to the gym and lifting weights, yet you still might not do it.
Because you don’t believe that you can achieve such results under your circumstances. Sure, you might say that you are “too lazy” or “like junk food too much”, but if the results were within sights you would find a way to achieve them.
To put this in context, people simply are too busy to be bothered with meditation. I mean, between their job, their family, their friends, their hobbies and their sleep there is very little time to spare, so why should they try this ‘meditation’ stuff out instead of getting more sleep and rest?
There isn’t enough of an initiative here.
So after realizing my mistake, I intend to capitalize on it.
So here’s my list – what is the importance of meditation in your life.
Results are within reach
Meditation is quite a simple thing at its very core.
Just sit down, be quiet, and focus.
anyone can do that with enough practice. It doesn’t require you to go through any hardship either, it also takes you less time than other day-to-day activities, like your job or family time.
It worked for many others over time, and it will work for you as well. even if you are crippled in some way, I am sure you can just sit down and focus.
The benefits are vast, and for such a small fraction of your time, they are darn well worth it.
Speaking of time…
Meditation creates more time.
Seems pretty important, right? Well, it is. The hippocampus is a vital area for our day to day lives.
Also, in case you didn’t know, meditation helps a lot with my ability to concentrate in the long run too, it reprograms you brain believe it or not.
In fact, studies show that you hippocampi expand by up to 5% in the first month of meditation, only to grow further by 7% in the following month and so on.
What does it have to do with anything?
Well, think about it this way – you invest (not spend or waste) an hour a day to meditation, you then grow sharper, more mentally capable and more aware in return.
Then you use those new, developed, abilities to save time.
You get your work done faster, you avoid needless distractions and you make every moment count.
By investing one hour you can end up saving three or even more.
If time here is the issue then it really shouldn’t be. I myself tried that, and for all the issues I had with meditation this wasn’t one of them.
I ended up doing so much that I had more time than I could spare!
The same will apply to you, and it’s an easy result to achieve with some basic practice.
You got nothing to lose, and everything to gain
Let’s face it – you don’t really value your time, to begin with.
If you did, you would strive to make every moment you have full of purpose.
You wouldn’t watch TV, play video games, read impractical books, eat junk food and all the other damaging habits most people have.
The fact is, saying you don’t have time is also an excuse. You don’t have any “set value” on your time, not really.
And that’s fine.
The fact is if we were being practical all the time we would end up having an entire full-time job on top of our full-time job.
So instead of watching TV in the evening, go to bed early, wake up early, and practice meditation in the morning.
You aren’t really going to miss anything important either way, yet there are always the benefits to consider.You risk nothing but TV-time and end up picking some
You risk nothing but TV-time and end up picking some major benefits, it’s a win-win situation (Because getting rid of you TV time is always a good idea).
It’s a whole new world
I guess you knew that, but with me discussing so many practical, factual, benefits you didn’t quite get to the bottom of it.
There is plenty to talk about when it comes to meditation, millions of people practice meditation. Just in the U.S, this number stands at 18 million, or 8% of the population.
Besides, getting out of your comfort zone builds character.
Sure, you may feel uncomfortable doing this, yet when push comes to shove it’s better for you this way.
Who knows, maybe you will meet some very like-minded people along the road, creating friendships that will last for years to come.
More than that is the sheer support you will find. Meditation has quite a lot of communities online with genuine who would be happy to guide you.
Final thoughts and conclusions.
Work puts money in your pocket
Friends make your spare time much more enjoyable
Family gives you love when you otherwise would have had none
Dreams give you hope for the future to come.
And meditation touches every single one of those subjects.
After meditating you will discover that you work more efficiently, create more value from social encounters, feel happy and dream bigger.
Why? Because meditation is practice for your mind, it makes it clearer over time, throwing away whatever limiting habits you have.
You will grow as a person, and you will become happier.
And let’s be honest here, isn’t our entire purpose in life is to feel happy and fulfilled? I don’t know about you, but I sure as heck care about things that make me happy.
Meditation amplifies that feeling.
And that’s the silver lining.
Right, so here’s a quick question for you: Do you think that you should start meditating? Why?
Technically more than one question, but I have faith in your ability to answer it from the bottom of your heart.
Make sure to write your answers in the comment section below, I read through every single one of them.
If there’s something you would like to ask me personally feel free to send a quick email, I reply to every single one of them.