Benefits of Meditation and Yoga
Have you ever stopped and noticed how life just seems to speed up?
One moment you are a kid laughing and having fun, while the next moment you are an adult who has lost that spark and passion for life. You get wrapped up in deadlines for your job and you’re always in a hurry. Your dreams and goals as a kid slowly become a distant memory of the past as you fall into line with the rest of the sleepwalkers.
The reason so many of you may feel stuck is because you are going against your soul’s purpose. At some point in your life, you made an unconscious shift that has caused you to operate on autopilot.
You need to slow down and start taking better care of your well-being. This begins by taking advantage of the benefits of meditation and yoga. By doing this, you will become more present and focused. That spark of life you had as a kid will once again become ignited awakening your forgotten soul.
Yoga for Stress
When most people hear the words yoga, they envision a tight bodied woman in stretchy pants doing some pose which only gymnasts can perform. But this is far from the truth. Anyone of all shapes and abilities can utilize the healing power of yoga. Yoga is not biased, judgmental, or dogmatic.
Yoga is the foundation of 8 limbs in this ancient practice. There is so much more to this ritual than just being well balanced and flexible. The poses you hold are called asanas, and this is only one branch out of the eight which make yoga so strong.
What is so great about these yogic asanas is it strengthens not just your body, but your mind. Each pose you hold requires so much focus linking the breath with your body and mind. Holding a posture strengthens your balance, which is very beneficial in life. This takes so much energy to perform these moves.
Many people don’t know how tough these yoga asanas are until they try it. But this is what it takes to release all that tension and stress from your body. Stress is a silent killer, and it is spreading like a plague around the globe.
This stress drains your energy, it raises your blood pressure, breaks down your immune system, takes away from your creativity, causes weight gain, unbalances your digestive tract, and causes anxiety and panic attacks.
Let’s face it, life can be tough, and you need be on our A-Game if you want to live a more fulfilled life. Stress is not going away, and it will make you grow in moderation. But you got to learn how to mindfully handle it and release it.
Be More Mindful
Being mindful takes a lot of work but can be very rewarding in the end. There are two ways you can practice mindfulness and that is through meditation and in everyday life. To better understand how to practice this art, you must understand the psychology of your mind.
When Bruce Lee trained his students with Kung Fu, he began his teaching by giving them a demonstration. Not on Kung Fu but on limiting beliefs that cloud the minds of his students from their full potential. He would have two glasses. One half-filled with a dark cola and the other half-filled with water. He would tell the students that the water represented the mind of Kung Fu and the glass of the cola represented their limiting minds. Then he would pour the glass of water into their glass of cola and it would become diluted.
What this demonstrates is we know so little. Your beliefs are responsible for your results. Change your beliefs and you will change your results. The mind is like a garden, which can be overgrown with weeds (negative thoughts and beliefs). When you better understand yoga, you will learn how to pull out all these weeds and plant new seeds. Yoga isn’t just an exercise, it’s a way of life.
Become Mindful of Your Thoughts
Sigmund Freud explains that our mind is like an iceberg with the conscious mind at the tip of the iceberg and the large mass underneath is our subconscious mind. This subconscious mind can fire over 40 million nerve impulses every second. This mind is your garden, and it grows whatever you plant into it by your conscious mind.
The subconscious mind never sleeps, it doesn’t know the difference between the truth and a lie. It is constantly recording every word you speak, action you take, thoughts you think and creates your habits and your identity.
But even though this mind takes up most of your being, it can be changed through autosuggestion. We have been given a gift, and it is our conscious mind. Our conscious mind was meant to be the master over the subconscious mind but to use this gift you must be fully present.
You must be mindful of the words you speak and the actions you take. You must stand guard at the gates of the subconscious mind not letting anything pass without your permission.
So, today raise your head up, stand tall, stop following what everyone else is doing, and wake up. Start living life full out. Be more mindful of all your negative thoughts, the people you hang out with, and the NEWS! It all has an impact on your subconscious mind. Be more mindful of your environment.
Meditation for your Forgotten Soul
The different limbs of yoga were created to prepare the body and mind for meditation. Though there are many benefits from meditation, the intent of this ancient practice is to awaken the forgotten soul.
It takes a lot of discipline to sit for 20 plus minutes while maintaining a single point of concentration. Your body will ache, and your mind will wander. While many beginners sit in a chair to keep the spine straight while learning meditation, this takes away from some of the focus and strength it takes to hold your posture upright throughout the meditation.
There is nothing wrong with meditating in a chair, and I highly recommend you start there. But eventually, if you want to be more traditional than sitting crossed legged on a cushion will be the next step.
By practicing meditation, you will strengthen your focus and your will power. What you focus on in life is what will be manifested. The reason for this is where your focus goes your energy flows, and this either raises your vibrations or lowers them. It all depends on what you focus on.
If you want more love and peace in your life, then you got to stop focusing on all the anger and hatred. You got to shift your consciousness towards what your heart desires and be mindful of nothing less. This takes practice and meditation is the quickest way to develop this skill.
Meditation is not only important in your health but also with developing your creativity and intuition for living a more soulful life.
Embrace Your Inner Yogi
There are many benefits to meditation and yoga. It will boost your immune system, you will sleep better, you will become more energetic, plus you might just become a happier person.
But when you practice this ancient art, your life will slowly make a conscious shift in a new direction. A spark will ignite a fire in your soul and passion in your heart, giving you a new purpose in your life.
You will start becoming more present causing time to slow down, giving you a chance to stop and smell the roses.
Because let’s face it, you are not getting any younger. There is always going to be another deadline. But you will never get another chance to live in this moment right now if you focus only on the future. Yes, you got to have a vision to keep you on track, but slow down and have a little fun on the way.
Call your parents before it’s too late and tell them you love them. Shake someone’s hand and say hi. Be more present in a conversation instead of thinking about other things. These are all practices of the yogic way. It’s not just about practicing poses and meditating. It’s how you interact with the people and the universe.
It’s time for you to embrace your inner yogi and take your life back.
“No work is stressful. It is your inability to manage your body, mind, and emotions that makes it stressful.” Sadhguru