Reasons to Start Meditating

Here are reasons you might want to get on the bandwagon today:
It Boosts Your HEALTH
1 – Increases immune function
2 – Decreases Pain
3 – Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level

It Boosts Your HAPPINESS
4 – Increases Positive Emotion
5 – Decreases Depression
6 – Decreases Anxiety
7 – Decreases Stress

It Boosts Your SOCIAL LIFE
Think meditation is a solitary activity? It may be (unless you meditate in a group which many do!) but it actually increases your sense of connection to others:
8 – Increases social connection & emotional intelligence
9 – Makes you more compassionate
10 – Makes you feel less lonely
It Boosts Your Self-Control
11 – Improves your ability to regulate your emotions
12 – Improves your ability to introspect

It Changes Your BRAIN (for the better)
13 – Increases grey matter
14 – Increases volume in areas related to emotion regulation, positive emotions & self-control
15 – Increases cortical thickness in areas related to paying attention
It Improves Your Productivity (yup, by doing nothing)
16 – Increases your focus & attention
17 – Improves your ability to multitask
18 – Improves your memory (see here)
19 – Improves your ability to be creative & think outside the box
20. It Makes You WISE(R)

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It gives you perspective: By observing your mind, you realize you don’t have to be slave to it. You realize it throws tantrums, gets grumpy, jealous, happy and sad but that it doesn’t have to run you. Meditation is quite simply mental hygiene: clear out the junk, tune your talents, and get in touch with yourself. Think about it, you shower every day and clean your body, but have you ever showered your mind? As a consequence, you’ll feel more clear and see thing with greater perspective. “The quality of our life depends on the quality of our mind,” writes Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. We can’t control what happens on the outside but we do have a say over the quality of our mind. No matter what’s going on, if your mind is ok, everything is ok. Right now.

It Keeps You Real
Once you get to know your mind, you start to own your stuff and become more authentic, maybe even humble.
And…the more you meditate, the more you seem to benefit.
Myths about Meditation
Having an empty mind—nope, in fact, when you start meditating, you’ll find its quite the opposite
Sitting in lotus position—nope, you can sit on the couch (just don’t lie down, you’ll fall asleep)
Sitting for an hour a day—nope, small doses work just fine
Chanting in a language I don’t understand—nope, not unless that floats your boat

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