Meditation has been practiced for hundreds of years, especially in the eastern hemisphere. It recently gained popularity in America and has steadily been on the rise. For example, yoga classes in the US often include a short session either at the beginning or end of the practice.
One yoga class I took had an instructor that started off with a session, and before each session, she would tell us something to inspire us. One such talk was about how important it is to clear your mind day-to-day and basically hit reset so you don’t carry over negativity from one day to the next. She asked if we would eat tonight’s dinner on last night’s dirty dishes and of course, we all said, “No”. Then, she followed this up by asking why would we start a brand-new day with all the problems and negative energy from the day before?
Today, we hear people telling us about how meditation has changed their lives. It has allowed them to increase self-awareness, improve focus, and help manage their stress. Medical conditions can also improve with regular meditation, especially conditions that worsen with stress. Anxiety, depression, and even high blood pressure are a few conditions that meditation can improve. With that said, meditation is not the only thing that should be done as medication may also be required. Ideally, you should consult your physician about what treatment you should be on and what other treatment options you could try.
If you want to try meditation but need a little help getting started, see our article, Headspace: Discover the benefits of meditation.