BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

– Promotes relaxation

– Reduces stress

– Brings one to the present moment

– Builds internal energy or life force

– Serves as a gateway to self-realization

– Develops compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness

– Lessens negative effects of physical pain or discomfort

– Develops a better understanding of the ego

– Leads to selflessness

– Strengthens the mind’s ability to focus, probe, and discover

– Attains focus, clarity, and stillness

“There is only one failure in meditation: the failure to meditate faithfully. A Hindu proverb says, ‘Miss one morning, and you need seven to make it up. ’ Or as John of the Cross expressed it, ‘He who interrupts the course of his spiritual exercises and prayer is like a man who allows a bird to escape from his hand; he can hardly catch it again. ” – Eknath Easwaran, Passage Meditation54

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Consistency is the key to realizing the practice’s many benefits. Benefits may be improved concentration and mental focus, and improved physical health. The greatest benefit of meditation is not what we gain through the practice but what we remove. We remove the root cause of suffering. We remove thoughts and emotional patterns. The constant chattering of the mind. By this, we can create space within ourselves where we can see our true self, which is love, clarity, and contentment. It has nothing to do with fear, confusion, or discontentment.

As we experience our true selves, we become free. We also allow others to be themselves. Our lives improve because we’re living in harmony with our environment and the people around us. To be able to experience ourselves for what we are, we must invest time in the yogic practices. While meditating for 20 to 30 minutes a day is ideal, if we’re new to meditation, we should start with shorter sessions and gradually increase the amount of time we spend sitting. The following short meditations are ideal for getting into the habit of relaxation. Listen to the following meditation scripts or read them to someone at a slow, steady pace.

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