Insomnia, anxiety, depression, and other chronic disorders are all too common. Furthermore, cancer and other debilitating diseases continue to affect millions despite medical progress. People whose mental or physical struggles impact their daily life are seeking meditation and, amazingly, finding relief.
Reason 2: We crave a deeper meaning of life.
"What is the meaning of life?" This question is easy to dismiss because of how trite it has become, but many of us grapple intensely with why we are here. I've always been existential and this perspective has intensified with age. I am easily beaten down by adversity and can easily slip into an attitude of "We live in a broken world, so what exactly is the point?" Meditation has helped me feel at peace with my existence on Earth and inspired to deliver fulfillment to others. I take a secular approach to meditation, but the practice has given me the inner peace and compassionate worldview that many people seek through religion.
Your motivation to meditate probably boils down to one of the two reasons above. But meditation offers a delightful bonus gift: those who choose Reason 1 will usually find that the practice raises their level of consciousness in addition to making life more physically or mentally bearable, and vice versa. We all begin meditating for different reasons, but gradually the benefits we experience begin to converge in an undeniable way. When you give your body deep rest, everything uplevels and it is truly beautiful to witness.
CONSIDER THIS: Do you identify more with Reason 1 or Reason 2? How might the other reason also manifest in your life with a steady meditation practice?
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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