Meditation: Yay or Nay?




Meditation for me has always come in the form of writing. When I resurface after entrenching myself in another world for awhile, I feel refreshed.


That and I’ve never been good at sitting quietly for long while trying to think of breathing and such.


But I had an interesting insight two nights ago. I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep. Instead of trying to get my mind to wander, which usually leads to falling back to sleep, I concentrated on my breath and the pressure of my shoulder against the mattress and the light pressure of blankets over me. I fell asleep quickly.


And last night I had an even better insight. When growing up, people made fun of “hippy” ideas like meditation. Though the mental health practice is now widely accepted, I realized I was hanging onto the mentality of “it’s for sissies,” meaning if I give meditation a serious try, I must be weak, which is not very self-compassionate!


So I’ve given myself permission to get rid of that negative thought from my youth and I feel strangely, enormously better.


Do you meditate?


The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has a great list of studies related to the following:


  • Meditation helps reduce blood pressure and symptoms and flare-ups related to irritable bowel syndrome and colitis.

  • Studies indicated meditation helps reduce anxiety, depression and insomnia and can aid in stopping smoking.


And check out how much more mindful people tend to get as they age:




There are literally thousands of resources regarding meditation. The Ultimate List of Free Meditation Resources via Muse can help get you started.


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