At this point you may already have a basic understanding of what meditation is all about and how to get started. Now we want to discuss in a little further detail some of the benefits of meditation. There are a lot. The benefits of meditation are what make all the time and effort truly payoff. For evidence of these benefits, simply look towards those who have been practicing meditation for some time. They are living proof to the benefits of meditation. This article will focus on some of the benefits of meditation that we listed in an earlier article, "Learning to Meditate".
One of the first benefits of meditation is that we become aware of our own intellect. This is not as arrogant as it may sound. What this means is that we become more objective about our outlook of the world and the people in it. As we become more aware of ourselves, we learn to identity such negative emotions for what they really are - negative. Meditation teaches us to look at the world free of the usual unhealthy biases we tend to prejudge with. Instead, we view our reality in an objective manner that is free of such emotions as jealousy and hatred.
Another of the benefits of meditation is the ability to focus on the here and now. One of the stresses of our lives is our incessant need to worry about the past and the future. The thing is, is that we can't change the past, and the future hasn't happened yet. We only have a measure of control of the present. Meditation allows us to better understand this and negates the pressures and stress that are normally associated with being overly concerned about matters that are beyond our scope.
Learning to accept the joys of life as they are is another one of the benefits of meditation. We live in a society that is almost never satisfied. We always hunger for more. No matter what we attain in life, it is never enough. This constant need for more is a constant stress and burden on us. Anxiety is a natural enough occurrence without adding to it. Nevertheless, this is exactly what we do. Meditation, however, teaches us to be content with whatever the world presents us. We learn satisfaction in what we have and not dissatisfaction in what we don't. The result is a much more peaceful existence.
In this, another one of the benefits of meditation is closely related; the ability to put aside insignificant matters. As we move through life, how often do we make a big deal out of something that is trivial? Does it really matter what color your shoes are? Nevertheless, we can find ourselves angry and volatile because of such things. Meditation allows us to understand what is really significant in life and what's not. Just as important, meditation gives us the ability to deal with matters, insignificant or otherwise, in an appropriate and healthy manner.
One of the final benefits of meditation that we will discuss is higher self-esteem. Getting to know who you are, becoming better attuned with yourself is what meditation is all about. Once you begin to understand your very nature - which is no different than anyone else at the core - then you begin to understand your own incredible value and worth. Our shortcomings and even failures are transitory in nature and don't describe or define who we are as people. Meditation allows us to understand this, and to rise above many of the factors that we normally use to incorrectly determine our character.
These are just some to the benefits of meditation, of which there are many more. For those who want a positive change for their lives; the benefits of meditation are within your grasp.
Sonia Gallagher is a recovering attorney who now publishes information on meditation in an easy to understand, plain English manner. After practicing in one of the most stressful professions in the US, she now shares her experience with everyone looking to find relaxation and tranquility through meditation. Make sure to sign up for the Garden Newsletter and to participate in the Garden's community at My Meditation Garden.