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8 Ways Meditation Can Change Your Life

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8 Ways Meditation Can Change Your Life

We can’t imagine what life would be like without meditation. It has seen us through tough times and many life changes, keeping us sane and grounded and real. Life is challenging enough; we can never know what will arise next and only when our minds are clear and focused can we make the best decisions.

How are you able to deal with the madness and chaos that occurs daily? How do you deal with the challenges of life? Meditation is highly misunderstood and often under-rated yet is perhaps what it takes to be a truly sane person. How does meditation affect us? How does it shift our priorities, enable us to make friends with ourselves, to find answers to our questions?

Here are eight ways meditation can make your life more meaningful and enjoyable!

1. Living With Kindness

No one deserves your kindness and compassion more than yourself. Every time you see or feel suffering, every time you make a mistake or say something stupid and are just about to put yourself down, every time you think of someone you are having a hard time with, every time you encounter the confusion and difficulty of being human, every time you see someone else struggling, upset, or irritated, you can stop and bring loving kindness and compassion. Breathing gently, silently repeat: May I be well, may I be happy, May I be filled with loving kindness.

2. Lightening the Load

In a stressed state, it is easy to lose touch with inner peace, compassion and kindness; in a relaxed state, your mind is clear and you can connect with a deeper sense of purpose and altruism. Meditation and medication are derived from the Latin word medicus, to care or to cure. A time of quiet calmness is, therefore, the most effective remedy for a busy and overworked mind. Anytime you feel stress rising, heart closing, mind going into overwhelm, just bring your focus to your breathing and quietly repeat with each in- and out-breath: Breathing in, I calm the body and mind; breathing out, I smile.

3. Letting Go of Me

Stillness is always there between the thoughts, behind the story, beneath the noise. What keeps us from experiencing our natural state of being is the habitual and ego-dominated monkey mind. Meditation enables us to see clearly, to witness our thoughts and behavior and reduce self-involvement. Without such a practice of self-reflection there is no way of putting a brake on the ego’s demands. From being self-centered, we can become other-centered, concerned about the welfare of all.

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You can learn more in our book, Be The Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and the World, forewords by the Dalai Lama and Robert Thurman, with contributors Marianne Williamson, Jane Fonda, Ram Dass, Byron Katie and others. Our 3 meditation CD’s: Metta—Loving kindness and Forgiveness; Samadhi–Breath Awareness and Insight; and Yoga Nidra–Inner Conscious Relaxation, are available at: EdandDebShapiro.com

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2:30AM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

Of course it makes invaluable contribution to all of my life! I've noticed practically that when you stay concisious you feel all the life more colourful, melodic and joyful. Thank you :)

10:19AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

NIce guide to Meditation ! Our real home is inside and we can find it with true meditation. The most important thing in meditation is LOVE and HUMILITY. That helps a lot in advancing towards GOD.
-NIJARCO
http://www.nijarco.com/how-to-do-meditation-nijarco/

11:37PM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

I absolutely love meditation for dealing with anxiety and fear. I think the most useful method is a simple mindfulness technique like this one

8:23PM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

The word "meditation" comes from the Latin "meditātiōn" (stem of meditātiō ) a thinking over.

8:33AM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

Thank you for sharing.
I have been practicing Zen and zazen meditation for around 6 years now.
I am not the same person I was 6 years ago, or even just a few minutes ago.
The practice of Zen is very helpful in calming the monkey mind.
I occasionally write about Zen and other things on my blog @ zenmonkey.ca
Namaste.

9:11AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

thanks.

1:56PM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

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1:12PM PST on Dec 23, 2013

A life without meditation looks very confusing, without fulfilment, and ease. Try to repeat the word "Water" over and over while you close your eyes and feel the change. This is the universal mind you are connecting to. It will help bring balance to your life so you can live it more efficiently.

5:49AM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

Why can't we teach meditation in schools so that our children can reap the benefits at an early age.We can bring up a stress free, peaceful and healthy generation.

4:41AM PDT on Sep 18, 2013

Thank you - I've shared this article with friends & relatives.

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