How To Meditate To Calm Your Thoughts
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Have you heard all about the benefits of meditation, wanted to try it, and maybe even sat down to do it, only to find it extremely hard? Your mind is racing, you can’t sit still or calm your thoughts. You think you can't do it or it’s just not for you? Oh yeah, I've been there.
In fact, it took a very long time for me to drink the proverbial meditation Kool-Aid. You see, I’ve always prided myself of moving fast, being busy and getting stuff done. I grew up in a high achieving, fast-paced, entrepreneurial family. Our family valued hard work, productivity and action. As you can imagine, I would much rather go on a hike, get to work or do anything other than sit still to meditate. In fact, for a very long time I took pride in the fact that I couldn’t sit still long enough to meditate. It was a badge of honor.
But, I had heard about all the great benefits of meditation and I’m sure you have too.
Meditation allows you to calm your thoughts, achieve greater mental and emotional clarity and enables you to access your true self. Studies have shown that meditation can transform every area of your life, including: lowering stress levels and blood pressure, helping you sleep better, improving your overall health and relationships, increasing productivity, creating more joy and connection in your life. Significant benefits have been proven with depression, anxiety and chronic pain.
Meditation is quite literally the answer for all that ails you. So what are you waiting for?
More time? Space? Patience? I can’t tell you how many people I’ve spoken with that say they just can’t do it or it’s not for them. Their mind races too much.They’re too impatient. It’s boring. There’s too much else to do. They can’t sit still. Sound familiar?
But that’s exactly the point! Your mind is going to race. That’s what it does. In fact, most people have an average of 60-80,000 thoughts per day. That’s exactly why meditation is so helpful. Saying, I can’t meditate because my mind races is a bit like saying, I can’t run because it’s hard to breathe and my legs hurt. Like with anything new, it’s not going to be easy when you first start. But the more you do it, the better you get. It’s a practice.
That’s why I’m so excited for my latest article out on Lifehack.org today. Get simple and easy ways to start your mediation practice- so you can experience all those great benefits you keep hearing about – without all the stress and frustration along the way.
So if you’ve tried meditation and think it’s just not for you, or you’ve heard a lot about the benefits and just aren’t sure where to get started, you’re in the right place.
Start here to learn all about meditation, the benefits you’ll reap from practicing, the biggest mistake you’re making, a basic framework to get you started and a whole bunch of resources to keep you going – and calm that racing mind of yours.
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