In today’s modern world, many of us feel we do not have time to “stop and smell the roses.” We live at a hectic pace. Life’s demands bombard us from all sides. Technology is ever present. It is no surprise that we often find ourselves tense, agitated and stressed. Learning to meditate can help us to better cope with the pressing dictates of our 21st century lives.
Meditation has been shown to:
- Reduce stress
- Improve concentration
- Decrease anxiety
- Encourage a healthy lifestyle
- Increase self-awareness
- Improve impulse control
Practitioners offer various techniques yet each individual can meditate in the way that best suits them. Meditation is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the act or process of spending time in quiet thought.” This time can be spent in a yoga pose each morning or during a quiet walk outside each afternoon. Ultimately, the goal is to set some time aside every day to allow ourselves to be present in the moment and clear our minds from the pressures of outside forces.