Why do I meditate? Doesn’t it sometimes seem pointless and just another task to fit into my busy day? (yes.) Doesn’t it seem a little self-indulgent when the world is filled with movement and chaos and people who lack the luxury of stillness in a safe space? (yes.) Doesn’t it seem like I’m not really doing it right when my mind is still planning and my body is still fidgety and I’m somehow crammed in a dog bed with my son Russell Clive and my daughter who insists on a bottle right now? (yes.)
But it’s worth it. My motivation to continue my meditation practice is informed by the rich array of physiological benefits proven by measurable research. Meditation can reduce stress, increase longevity by securing the telomeres on chromosome strands, boost cognitive abilities by protecting the density of my brain’s gray matter, decrease emotional instability, promote better digestion and encourage restful sleep.
Here are the motivational factors for maintaining a habitual meditation practice that my yoga and meditation students appreciate:
- More focus
- Less stress
- Emotional healing
- Healthier body
- Calm mind
It’s vital to both understand and articulate the driving motivation for beginning a new habit. Only then, when your motivation is both internal and external, felt and seen, personal and shared, will the obstacles to achieving this change in your life slip away, almost effortlessly.
“You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.” -The Upanishads
For me, the most potent motivation for a routine meditation practice is that my body and mind feel balanced.
My brain feels more organized and my thoughts less scattered. My actions are more gentle, my smile wider. My energy levels are in better equilibrium, I eat 4 healthy meals a day and pay attention to where I’m walking. I break fewer dishes. I spill fewer shampoo bottles. I listen to pop music, eat salads, call friends, go to yoga class and hold dance parties in the kitchen. I work really, really hard and am completely focused on my yoga students and my business when it’s time to work hard; then I relax and am completely present with my husband and my daughter.
When my life is in balance, I appreciate the innate capacity of my body to move toward optimal health and homeostasis, I believe deeply in my body’s Divine right to health and biological equanimity. When I feel balanced, I crave less wine, my eyes are less itchy, I worry less about money and I’m less likely to find everyone else super-annoying. When I feel in balance, I breathe into a sense of ease; like each breath actually matters.
These things are important to notice because how I act may be more important than how I feel; feelings are unreliable and easy to misinterpret. However, my daily actions and habits have an undeniable impact on the quality of my life, my relationships, my business, my service, my health (and my dishes).
So. Here we go.
Why are you meditating? Let’s keep going, together.
Balance and Ease Meditation
Guided Meditation Teachings
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