Daily meditation is a great way to get your life under control and develop good habits. Meditation is rewarding in and of itself, but once you start practicing it, you may find that there are plenty of excellent side-benefits. You might be surprised at the good it can do for you every day. Practice a habit of peaceful meditation, and you could begin to reap some of these incredible benefits for yourself.
1. Waking Up Earlier
When you meditate, you get better sleep. Getting better sleep is not just about sleeping more. It mostly means sleeping more efficiently. When you meditate, you will not toss and turn in bed. In fact, you might even be able to sleep less, but end up more rested. When you wake up, you will be ready to start the day with increased enthusiasm and productivity.
2. Finding Happiness Within Yourself
What do you value, in terms of happiness? Before meditation, you may have been focusing too much on money, achievements, fame, or relationships. The truth is that you will only really be happy when that happiness comes from within. Meditation can help you to stop seeking fulfillment from outside sources, and instead look inward. Then, you will demand less of other people, and everything will begin to seem better to you.
3. Learning Patience
You may be frustrated by things that do not go your way, or slow progress toward your goals. Anxiety can build when you feel that you are not living up to your potential and accomplishing all that you can. You can also get anxious when you are working with other people who do not have the same sense of urgency that you do. Meditating on a daily basis will teach you patience, and help you see the value in taking things slow. Good things come to those who wait.
4. Increasing Efficiency
When you feel better and more centered, you can get more done in less time. By meditating, you’ll wake up every day rested and ready for the day, and you can tackle your daily goals with enthusiasm. Not only will you get more done, you will also be happier doing it. You will have more free time, and you will not get exhausted as easily.
5. Lowering Anxiety
Are you worried that you are missing out on something? That happiness is just around the corner, if only you could reach it? Thinking about happiness purely in the future tense is a sure way to never be happy. Instead, learn to enjoy the present moment. Meditation can help you get in touch with the moment, and what you have right now. You’ll be more content, and you’ll stop yearning for what you do not have.
6. Taking Risks
People often shy away from risk because they are afraid of uncertainty. The stress you have from that uncertainty can paralyze you, preventing you from taking action, even if you know it is good for you. By meditating, you can remove the barriers between yourself and risk-taking. You may find that taking risks results in greater reward, and greater fulfillment.
7. Trusting In Yourself
A lack of self-confidence can wreck your productivity and happiness. Meditate regularly to filter out all the negative messages coming from your brain, and focus on the positive thoughts within you. You have already envisioned success, so all you have to do is follow that vision, and ignore the visions of failure.
8. Eliminating Indecisiveness
Meditation can give you clarity of mind. When you meditate, you are less likely to labor over decisions, both big and small. You will be able to make well-reasoned decisions quickly, and eliminate the stress of indecisiveness. Clear your mind and make a choice.
9. Increasing Fertility
If you are having trouble conceiving a child, meditation might be just what you need. Meditation can actually increase fertility in both men and women, because it causes changes in your hormone production. If you are trying to get pregnant, your meditation can only help. If you are not trying to get pregnant and you meditate regularly, be careful, because you are probably very fertile.
10. Drinking Less
If you have a habit of drinking alcohol to reduce stress, you may find yourself drinking less after meditating. This is simply because you will be experiencing less stress. You will not have to drink away your problems, because you will have fewer problems. Drinking alcohol, while okay in moderation, can have some serious consequences for your health. In addition to liver disease, heart disease, and cancer, alcohol can negatively affect other parts of your life too. By drinking too much, you may be alienating your friends and family, endangering people around you, and risk losing your job. Meditation can help lessen your stress and get your mind off drinking.