Why Meditate Everyday: How Meditation Benefits You (TOP 5 Benefits!)

Why Meditate Everyday: How Meditation Benefits You (TOP 5 Benefits!)


– Hey guys, in today’s video I’m going to be sharing with you why it’s important to meditate every day and how meditation benefits you. I’ve broken down the
benefits of meditation into the top five benefits. And the reason that I’m doing this video is because meditation has
completely transformed my life in the most amazing ways
and it’s exactly why I recommend that everyone
incorporate meditation into their daily routine
because the benefits are just so, so numerous. And in today’s video, I’ve
broken down the benefits into a few main categories so
that you can feel confident that your time meditating
is time well spent. So if you’re excited to dive into this, make sure to go ahead
and hit that Like button, hit Subscribe, and also
click the bell down below for notifications so that you get notified every time I upload a new video. Awesome? Let’s dive in. Now, we’re going to get
into the top five benefits of meditation, but before we do I want to clarify what
meditation actually means because there’s a lot of
misconceptions around this topic. Meditation is simply the
practice of focused concentration where you’re bringing your attention back to the present moment in your mind, over and over again. So to meditate, all you have to do is get in a comfortable position, close your eyes and
focus on your breathing. And if you notice your mind wandering, which my mind wanders all over the place, all you do is you refocus your attention back on the present moment. So I know this sounds so simple but that’s also why it
makes it so easy to discount as not being worth your time. But as you’ll learn in this video, there are so many benefits to meditation so make sure to keep watching. I’ll also admit that for the longest time I thought that meditation
was completely pointless and a complete waste of my time. So for all of my skeptic friends out there who think they can’t meditate, well, I thought the same thing. Because at first when I tried to meditate, I didn’t feel like, it didn’t
feel like I was meditating because my brain was still throwing dozens of thoughts at
me every single minute. And so I felt like I
was just sitting there in my thoughts and making
no progress whatsoever. But I stuck with it and
now I’m living proof that meditation is actually a skill that you can learn and all it really takes is consistency and repetition. So if I can do it, you can too. And meditation is absolutely a skill that you can develop for yourself. Also, sometimes I feel like I’m addicted to meditating almost because it just feels so friggin’ good to clear your mind and seriously, I totally love it. The first benefit that
I want to talk about is that meditation is one
of the best techniques to learn to quiet your mind. When you start to practice
meditating on a consistent basis, it becomes so much easier to
really clear your thoughts. And I like to think of meditation as my own personal form of mind control. I can’t control anybody else’s thoughts but I can certainly get
better at controlling my own. So I like to think of meditation as how I am really becoming
the master of my own mind. And because the mind and the brain also regulate the entire body, when you get better at
controlling your mind you also have the power to
improve your overall health simply through meditating. Another thing is that meditation
reduces brain activity. So when you meditate, you are literally slowing down your brainwaves
which helps your mind and your body relax. So with the whirlwind of busyness that most of us live in our daily lives, this to me is like a total superpower to be able to slow down
your mind and relax basically on command. So speaking of slowing down and reducing your brain activity, that leads me straight
into benefit number two which is that meditation
helps you sleep better. Studies have shown that people who regularly practice meditation have higher levels of melatonin which is the hormone that tells your body when it’s time to sleep. So by practicing meditation consistently and really incorporating it into a part of your everyday life, you will likely have
higher melatonin levels which in turn will make sure
that you fall asleep quickly and easily every single night. So of course sleep is so critical to our overall physical and mental health and most of the body’s healing occurs when we’re sleeping. So if you struggle with insomnia or just have a hard time
falling asleep pretty regularly, make sure to check out my other video which I will link up
in the cards over here, and also make sure to
grab my free checklist to make sure that you’re not self-sabotaging your sleep every evening. And I will put the URL to
grab that free checklist down in the description below. Benefit number three is that meditation eases negative symptoms. So meditation has been
proven time and time again to reduce chronic pain,
anxiety, stress, depression, and it can even lower your blood pressure. So when you experience any
of these unwanted conditions or symptoms, it can be really easy to start to adopt that
as part of who you are, which is a really, really slippery slope. Because when you start
to think of that disease or that condition that
you’re struggling with as a core part of who you are, as part of your actual identity, it can end up becoming such
a central focus of your life. And the more attention and the more energy and the more focus that you put on it, it actually can end up giving more life to those negative symptoms. So there’s this saying that
where focus goes, energy flows. And so the more attention that you give to these negative symptoms, the more you actually might
end up experiencing them. And I understand that this is so hard because if you have negative symptoms, they’re obviously very uncomfortable which makes it very hard not
to pay attention to them. But when you start to
believe that this illness or this negative condition
that you don’t want is actually a part of who you are, that just makes it even
harder to feel better and to alleviate these unwanted symptoms that you’re having because you can start to become really mentally
attached to them. And when you’re mentally focused on it, you can start to subconsciously
expect to feel the pain or expect to feel the negative symptom or expect to feel the anxiety
or whatever it may be. And when you start to expect something, you’re more likely to experience it. And then when you experience more of it, that just reinforces the identity that that’s who you are
and it just turns into a total negative feedback
loop at that point. However, now tying this
back into meditation, when you start to meditate, you start to get really good
at observing your thoughts and observing the sensations in your body and observing your emotions. And when you start to observe yourself, you start to like really mentally
detach yourself from them and you really gain this
deeper understanding and this deeper self-awareness. And now, I feel like the only way to really understand this is by experiencing it through meditation. But basically what happens
is you start to realize that you are still you with
or without chronic pain, with or without anxiety,
with or without stress, with or without depression,
with or without insomnia. And when you make that realization, it’s like you kind of
start to free yourself from those negative feelings. You even free yourself
from the negative symptoms and when you free yourself from that and detach yourself from them, it’s like you stop
experiencing them as much and you end up experiencing
less of those symptoms. On top of that, there are so many cases where people have
completely healed themselves from all sorts of diseases,
illnesses, conditions, ailments, and meditation
played a critical part a lot of the time in
their healing process. Benefit number four is
that meditation helps you become more aware of your
default thought patterns. Now, as humans, we tend
to focus most of our time thinking about things
that happened in the past or we tend to spend most of our time thinking about things that
might happen in the future. So through meditation,
you become really aware of what your natural
thought tendencies are and you basically just are able to develop a much stronger awareness
of how you tend to think and you gain a lot more self-awareness about your thoughts in general. Also, another thing that I
want to kind of emphasize is that your thoughts aren’t really you. You aren’t your thoughts. It’s like your thoughts
are this separate entity. But your thoughts are
still really important because the thoughts that you think essentially determine how you
experience life every day. So your thought patterns
and my thought patterns and everybody’s thought
patterns are actually habitual. Because the way that the brain works is that it likes to automate everything. And so the brain takes things
that we learned in the past and types of ways that we
have thought in the past and it just starts repeating that basically on an autopilot loop. And so if you feel like
you’re not really making any progress in your life or you feel like you keep just repeating the same circumstances over and over again and that you’re not actually getting to where you want to go, that’s because your brain has automated the same way of thinking and if you keep thinking the same way, all you do is you keep repeating your past over and over and over again. So while I say that you
are not your thoughts, your thoughts are still
clearly super, super important. So if this resonates with you and you feel like you’re stuck and you’re not really making
any progress in your life, tell me in the comments below
and if I get enough comments, I will create a whole nother
video just on this one topic ’cause this is a lot more that
we can dive into right here. Meditating allows you to sort of start to become friends with your thoughts and it also really helps
you start to realize that you shouldn’t believe every single thought that you have. Like the thoughts, I think of
them like as their own entity, which means that once you realize that, you start to reclaim your power back over the thoughts in your mind and you realize that you
actually have the power to choose new thoughts. I don’t have to buy into
those old, unhelpful thoughts or disempowering thoughts or self-sabotaging thoughts anymore because I recognize that
that’s just based on an old mental habit loop,
an old thought pattern that my brain has been
perpetuating for years or maybe even decades. The fifth really awesome way
how meditation benefits you and why you should meditate every day is that it improves your
concentration and focus. Because the whole point of meditation is to practice focusing your attention on the present moment that you’re in. And when you do this, you’re
basically strengthening that skill in your brain. And when you do that enough over time, you’ll find that it’s
just much more easier to directly focus on
what’s in front of you. And then over time,
you’ll also find it easier to notice when your mind
is actually wandering and you’ll be able to
redirect your attention back on the present moment again. Meditation is a great way
to improve your focus, improve your concentration abilities, and lengthen your attention span. I’ve heard multiple times
that the average human has a shorter attention
span than a goldfish. So this is probably something that we could all use some work on. So if you’re new to meditating, you can start with just as little as three to five minutes a day, and then gradually increase
the amount of time. So that’s exactly what I did, that’s how I started meditating. I started with just three
minutes, then five minutes, then 10, and now I could sit
there for up to 30 minutes or I could probably even sit
there for up to 45 minutes if I really wanted to. So just stick with it. This is really the power of repetition and consistency really
is key with meditation. If you enjoyed this video, make sure to subscribe to my channel, hit that Like button and also
click the notification bell down below to make sure you get notified every time I upload a new video. In the meantime, make sure
to check out these two videos over here where we dive
more into meditation and mindfulness and how
that works in the brain and how it can help you
live more in the present. So that’s all for now. Remember, you can get good at meditating. I believe in you and I’ll
see you in the next one.

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