I support the conference, Happiness and Its Causes with the Dalai Lama as guest.
However, the only thing you need to know is that YOU are THE void …manifesting reality.
The more space you put into your mind by way of meditation. causes happiness.
Q: Who gets depressed going on holidays?
A: Nobody if you’re in the place that you love.
Exactly. And that’s exactly where meditation places you when practised as regularly as cleaning your teeth.
I say this because meditation is simply a way of taking out the junk, taking out the garbage from your mind accumulated over the course of a day or weeks or months.
If you didn’t clean your teeth for a whole month, how long is is going to take to remove the plaque from your teeth?
And if you haven’t had a 6-week holiday for a while or destressed completely, then it’s going to take a little while to remove that stress from your mind.
Do not expect results within a day from meditation if you’ve been stressed for years.
Keep polishing your mind like you polish your teeth each day, and you’ll see results.
I know this is quite a simple analogy, but it needs to be for people to understand how easy it is and to demystify meditation to make it accessible for everyone.
Here is the definitive long list of benefits that meditation can provide you with:
1- It lowers oxygen consumption
2- It decreases respiratory rate
3- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate
4- Increases exercise tolerance
5- Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation
6- Good for people with high blood pressure
7- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate
8- Decreases muscle tension
9- Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.
10- Reduces pre-menstrual syndrome symptoms
11- Helps in post-operative healing
12- Enhances the immune system
13- Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress
14- Enhances energy, strength and vigour
15- Helps with weight loss
16- Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage
17- Higher skin resistance
18- Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease
19- Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing
20- Decreases the aging process
21- Higher levels of DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
22- Prevented, slowed or controlled pain of chronic diseases
23- Makes you sweat less
24- Cures headaches & migraines
25- Greater orderliness of brain functioning
26- Reduced need for medical care
27- Less energy wasted
28- More inclined to play sports and activities
29- Significant relief from asthma
30- Improved performance in athletic events
31- Normalises to your ideal weight
32- Harmonises our endocrine system
33- Relaxes our nervous system
34- Produces lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity
35- Cures infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation)
36- Builds self-confidence
37- Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behaviour
38- Resolves phobias & fears
39- Helps control own thoughts
40- Helps with focus & concentration
41- Increase creativity
42- Increased brain wave coherence
43- Improved learning ability and memory
44- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation
45- Increased emotional stability
46- Improved relationships
47- Mind ages at slower rate
48- Easier to remove bad habits
49- Develops intuition
50- Increases productivity
51- Improved relations at home & at work
52- Able to see the larger picture in a given situation
53- Helps ignore petty issues
54- Increased ability to solve complex problems
55- Purifies your character
56- Develops will power
57- Greater communication between the two brain hemispheres
58- React more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event
59- Increases one’s perceptual ability and motor performance
60- Higher intelligence growth rate
61- Increased job satisfaction
62- Increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones
63- Decrease in potential mental illness
64- Better, more sociable behaviour
65- Less aggressiveness
66- Helps in quitting smoking and alcohol addiction
67- Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals
68- The need for less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation
69- Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia
70- Increases sense of responsibility
71- Reduces road rage
72- Decrease in restless thinking
73- Decreased tendency to worry
74- Increases listening skills and empathy
75- Helps make more accurate judgements
76- Greater tolerance
77- Gives composure to act in considered & constructive ways
78- Grows a stable, more balanced personality
79- Develops emotional maturity
80- Helps keep things in perspective
81- Provides peace of mind, happiness
82- Helps you discover your purpose
83- Increased self-actualisation
84- Increased compassion
85- Growing wisdom
86- Deeper understanding of yourself and others
87- Brings body, mind, spirit in harmony
88- Deeper level of spiritual relaxation
89- Increased acceptance of oneself
90- Helps you to learn forgiveness
91- Changes attitude toward life
92- Creates a deeper relationship with your higher self
93- Helps you to attain enlightenment
94- Greater inner-directedness
95- Helps living in the present moment
96- Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love
97- Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego
98- Experience an inner sense of “Assurance or Knowingness”
99- Experience a sense of “Oneness”
100- Increases the synchronicity in your life
Meditation requires no special equipment, and is not complicated to learn. It can be practised anywhere, at any given moment, and it is not time consuming (15-20 min. twice per day is good). Best of all, meditation has no negative side effects. Bottom line, there is nothing but positive results to be gained from it!
With such a huge list of benefits, the question you should ask yourself is, “why am I not meditating yet?”
Accept what is
There is only so much we can affect. What we cannot change, what we cannot influence no matter what, should not be a concern to us. This is what I notice with so many people, in that we focus and linger on things which we have no control over. Why worry about something that all the worrying in the world will not change? Why care about what other people think of us when we’re not even sure what it is they are actually thinking? Once you open the blinds to this fact, and start accepting what is that you cannot change, you automatically relieve yourself of a mountain of stress and anxiety. It’s like a huge weight has been lifted from your shoulders. Taking this path is following a road towards peace. Worrying is praying for something you DON’T want to happen!
If you do not meditate yet, you are missing out on a very important activity that can change your life. Meditating for 20 minutes twice daily can have an enormous impact in all areas of your life. Take a look at this post: Benefits of Meditation. If that doesn’t convince you to start meditating, I don’t know what will! If you have a lot on your mind and you feel like your thoughts are driving you crazy, meditation can help you find peace. Simply close everything, sit back, close your eyes, and clear your mind of every single thought. Focus on the emptiness. You will be surprised what a mere 20 minutes of meditation can do to turn things around for you. If you have trouble meditating, I would suggest getting a professional guided meditation with me which will help you get used to this level of peacefulness. Meditation by the sea or sailing on a yacht is great, increasing the *amount* of oxygen you actually get into your lungs!
Spend time in nature
We spend so much time confined in buildings of steel and concrete and bricks that we quickly forget where we come from. Animals like to sit on the grass because the earth has an electromagnetic resonance of 7.83 hz (Schumann Resonance), which is in the range of our THETA brainwaves. This is why animals not only sense, de-stress and recharge and remote view (like dogs finding their way home), but it is where we de-stress as well! It is natural for us to be in nature, and this is why it feels so good and it is so peaceful when you take a walk in a park or bike on a trail in the forest. As I am typing this blog, I am looking out my window to this gigantic tree in front of my house. Watching its stillness, with the wind blowing through its branches calmly, it is a sight that not only inspires me, but that I find peace within it. Take a stroll outside where there are tons of trees and far from the city. Be there and just enjoy the sights, the sounds, and the peace.
Learn the power of a smile
Whenever you are laughing or smiling, something interesting happens. Not only does something happen on a chemical level to make you feel better, but it also stops all stress and negativity from entering your psyche. A simple smile can make such a difference. For example, the other day I mishandled a dish and it fell on the floor, breaking into pieces, creating a big mess. Now, I could have been angry with myself for being clumsy and thinking “UGH!”. But I did the opposite. I began to smile and kind of make fun of myself for not being able to hold on to that plate properly. As I cleaned up the mess, there was annoyance. As a matter of fact, I did it with a smile on my face…I did it with peace. So whenever you find yourself in a similar predicament, just think of the silver lining, and don’t be shy to poke fun at yourself. You will quickly realise that peace finds its way much more easily to you when you smile.
What I mean by this is that most of the time, we are so consumed within our own problems that we can no longer see the forest from the trees. Therefore, it helps to remind ourselves how big the world is. Take a moment and read up about some other countries, cultures, and the likes. Be aware that the world does not revolve around your problems. I find that when I hear about a tsunami or an earthquake killing hundreds of thousands of people on the other side of the world, my problems aren’t really “problems”. Looking beyond ourselves is very important in finding peace and it leads me to my next point.
Care about others
You will never find peace by being self-consumed and only worrying about your own needs and wants. When you begin to genuinely care about other people, so much goodness comes right out. This only helps into solidifying your inner peace. It can be people close to you or pure strangers, but any act of kindness and goodwill eases your way towards peace. When I help other people, I stop focusing on my so-called problems and realise that my problems aren’t that big after all. This rids my entire being of all the stress. There is great peace and wisdom in thinking and caring about other people, which we are blind to when we are too deep within our own selfish ways.
Never lose hope
Hope is something you can never afford to lose. With hope you always have a path towards peace. Whenever we get too stressed out and overwhelmed within our own life, we forget that hope. We forget that the sun always shines after a rainy day, and that this is merely a bump in the road. I find immense peace in just knowing, deep within my heart, that everything will be ok. With hope, I know that whatever is seemingly terrible, is only temporary and that soon enough, things will be just fine. This lifts off all of that negativity from my entire being, and I feel better pretty much instantly.
Embrace your beliefs
I am not one to pick or favour one belief system over another, so whatever it is that you believe in, embrace it with your entire being. Be within your faith 100% and peace will find its way into your heart. Now, we may all disagree on each other’s beliefs but one thing we must all agree on is that having a solid, healthy faith is crucial in founding a proper conscience that helps into guiding us towards peace and wisdom. There is a reason why research has shown that people that are deeply devoted to their faith have a higher life expectancy and are less likely to have diseases such as cancer. This is because they experience more inner peace, which is important if you want to increase the quality of your life.
One thing that provides us with much stress in life is the fact that we always worry about not having all the answers. Just accepting that you do not know everything, and that you are open to always keep learning is a tremendous step to take towards achieving inner peace. I find great joy in learning all kinds of different things, and just being aware that I am growing as a person each and every day provides me with great feelings of peace. Accept that life is one big journey of never-ending learning and you will find yourself closer to experiencing true peace within yourself.
Live in the present moment
Most of the time, what we worry about is relating to something either in the past, or something that hasn’t happened. Living in the present moment erases all such thoughts. Why worry about something in the past that we cannot ever change? (see first point- accept what is). Why worry about something that we are not even sure will happen or not? This is why in the present moment, you find true inner peace. In the present moment, there are no problems and no concerns. There is only stillness, and it is within that stillness that you can uncover peace. I used to be such a person that feel worrysome all the time, to the point where I had trouble sleeping. Once I felt how to live in the present moment, I found that I stopped thinking about the past and any potential future, and just cared about being ever-present in each and every moment. My life is most peaceful since then!
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