Funnily enough, I don't. This may change some day, but that's besides the point.
If you're wondering whether meditation is worth your time, ask yourself whether or not you exercise, get your teeth cleaned, or wash your hair regularly. If the answer is yes, you must care to some degree about your physical health and well-being. Youth reigns supreme these days and we tend to worry about "letting ourselves go." We want to keep our bodies toned, wrinkle-free, and devoid of gray hairs. I am no exception, although I would like to stress less about aging and this post from one of my favorite blogs is super inspiring... but I digress. You value your body and want it to feel good because you absolutely deserve it.
Consider the following, though: if your body is your temple, your mind is the altar.
If we invest in the upkeep of our various body parts, our brains should get top priority too. When we meditate, we give our bodies deep rest and stress is pushed up and out. Furthermore, our brain waves actually change in significant, health-promoting ways. We generate more alpha waves, which are associated with mental clarity and relaxation. We also achieve greater brain wave coherence, which means the waves from different parts of the brain occur in step with one another. Studies show that brain wave coherence is correlated with high levels of intelligence and competence. When the brain waves of top-level managers were compared with those of workers with no leadership responsibilities, the managers showed greater brain wave coherence. The same results occurred when top-level athletes were compared with their less successful competitors. This is no coincidence and I encourage curious readers to check out "Transcendence" by Norman E. Rosenthal.
If you want to feel and perform at 100%, neglecting your mind is not an option. It may not be mainstream to "work out" your brain, but it deserves the same care and attention as the rest of your body. Our superficial society tends to qualify health with aesthetic traits, but anyone who has suffered mentally knows that health goes far beyond strength or appearance.Your body is your instrument, but you need your brain to make music. With that said, two cheesy metaphors are more than enough for one post. I hope these ideas have inspired you to give your mind some love because you deserve it!
CONSIDER THIS: Your brain needs just as much TLC as the rest of your body, if not more. Remember this the next time you get a physical, during which the doctor is most definitely not checking your brain. For now, that remains your responsibility, and meditation makes it easy.
I want to share a personal story with you about my path of finding Vedic Meditation.
I had been battling anxiety, depression, and insomnia for most of my life. When I started my career as a corporate attorney at a large New York law firm, the burden became unbearable. That's when I found Vedic Meditation and it made the most immediate and profoundly positive impact on my physical, mental, and emotional health.
A few years later, I decided to do something that could help the people in my life -- and that’s why I became a teacher of Vedic Meditation.
For most of us, the holiday season is a joy-filled time of year, yet it can also be very challenging. We are faced with high levels of demands and expectations as the days continue to grow shorter and colder, our schedules fill up with holiday parties, even trips to visit family, or a vacation somewhere warm to escape the cold of winter. The choice is often to "power through" and we end up missing a very special time of year being over-stressed. Vedic Meditation gives us a way to find balance, inner peace and a profoundly deep level of rest that allows us to enjoy the holiday season and begin the new year grounded, with clarity and grace.
Many of us view the new year as a clean slate, a time to re-prioritize our choices and dedicate ourselves to improving our lives and our relationships with our best intentions at hand.
The challenge is not in the choosing itself--for the most part, we know what we should be doing. Spending time with family and friends, exercising regularly, eating healthy nutritious food, finding time to relax, being patient, kind and compassionate to others. The list goes on. The problem we face is that regardless of our intention, we are destined behave and act according to the baseline level of stress that we've accumulated in our minds and bodies...
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