Meditation has been a huge part of my life for the past few years.

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Throughout the past 3 or 4 years, meditation has been an important part of my life. I look forward to my meditations and how they allow me to be more free from day-to-day. Below I have listed some of the main reasons I meditate.

I Meditate for the Peace of Mind

Meditation has guided me through many of the most difficult moments of my life. For a few moments each day, I get to sit down and take inventory of how I’m feeling and how my day has gone up to that moment. Sometimes, I let new emotions come to the surface. Other times, I just sit and follow my breath for a few minutes. I just let myself release any thoughts that have been following me throughout the day.

This release usually doesn’t create a huge wave of change, but it does create a few positive ripples. After a few minutes of meditating, I find it a little easier to focus on the work I have to do. Meditating before bed helps to calm any racing thoughts that might make it difficult to fall asleep. Overall, meditation just makes me more at peace. It’s like gently applying the brakes on a runaway car. It won’t get rid of the crazy things that may be going on, but it does allow me to be a little more in control of the situation.

I Make Better Decisions

Meditation is mainly about awareness. We make so many decisions out of habit each day. Many of them are beneficial like brushing your teeth and tying your shoes. Sometimes, though, we react in ways that we don’t want to without thinking about it. We might yell at someone we care about or allow ourselves to be pressured into doing something we don’t want to do. Meditation makes those choices a little more conscious for me. I still react without thinking, but every now and then I catch myself. I realize that I’m starting to get upset and I can calm myself before I do something I would regret later on.

Meditation allows me to take a brief pause before I do something. I get a chance to ask myself if it’s something I really want to do. I have a chance to set my intention for the activity and make sure I go in with the attitude and focus that will allow me to get the most out.

I Am More Present

I will gladly take opportunities to be more present. This is what meditation allows me to do. I get to remind myself that my worries and fears often make things worse than they are. Class presentations that I want to avoid are a relatively minor problem in the grand scheme of things. The frustration or loneliness that I feel will likely be gone in the morning. Emotions have a way of coming and making it seem like they’re never going to leave, but they do.

When I get the chance to fully consider how I’m doing, I’m reminded that this moment is special regardless of how I’m feeling. Even the sad moments shape my life in ways that are completely specific to me. Life without difficult moments would be boring. Part of the enjoyment of good things is how they compare to the rest of life. If everything was enjoyable, then enjoyable would just be normal and a lot less enjoyable. I want to appreciate the times when I struggle and use them to help others when they’re struggling.

I Spend My Time Better

There are so many things that I worry about that aren’t important in the grand scheme of things. Sometimes I spend an hour just debating whether I want to go to an event. I want to make the right choice, but I debate it to the point that it’s counterproductive. I often find myself wondering whether I should go get food or wait a few minutes. Sometimes, I do this 3 or 4 times before I actually go. It’s pointless overthinking.

When I meditate, I think I’m able to make these decisions a little faster. I’m a little more clear on what constitutes a good use of my time and what doesn’t. I spend less time deliberating and getting nowhere. With each of these decisions, I give myself a little more time to focus on things I care more about.

Meditation Works Gradually

These are some of the main reasons meditation has become an important routine in my life. These changes weren’t immediate though. In fact, starting to meditate can be challenging. The first few times, I just wanted to get up and get something done. Gradually I got more used to it and started to enjoy it more. The results only started to show up after a few weeks and they were only noticeable when I reflected on how that week had gone.

Even now, the results of meditation can be hard to recognize. Most days that I meditate, I don’t feel any different than I had the previous day. It’s when I don’t meditate at all for about a week that I realize myself starting to feel more anxious and speeding through things without any intention. I start to live a life different from the life I wish to live. Luckily, meditation helps me get back on track.

A commitment to meditation is a commitment to consistency.

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