Meditation has slowly become a practice commonplace in our homes and lives. For some reason, the thought of meditation seems to have a religious note about it, but in all honesty, it doesn’t matter if you’re an Atheist, Christian, Wiccan, Muslim, Buddhist, Agnostic, Martian, or from Jupiter. Meditation has many benefits for the mind, body, and spirit.
For the body, it can help regulate your heart rate, assist in weight loss, lower stress levels, help you fall asleep faster and get a better quality of sleep, and feel more energetic. Psychologically, it helps you feel good by lowering anxiety and stress levels, improves your concentration and memory, and can help alleviate symptoms of dysfunctions like ADD or depression.
What about your Spirit?
We all know that our body, mind, and spirit all thrive if we take care of them. For our body, we’re careful about what we ingest. Many of us also put a lot of effort into knowing what goes onto our skin through skincare products like shampoo, soap, and lotion.
For our mind, we look for stimulation. Reading, and finding new challenges is helpful. We often achieve the stimulation we’re looking for either through our work or hobbies. But what about your spirit?
Sadly, the spirit is the most neglected part of the self for many of us. Thankfully, for those of you who meditate regularly, you’re already doing the one thing that will nurture all three: Your mind, body, and spirit.
We only achieve optimum health when all three parts of ourselves are properly cared for. This is probably the broadest benefit of meditation and the largest way in which meditation nurtures the spirit. Specifically, meditation nurtures your spirit by:
- Helping you to process your thoughts
- Giving you the tools to release stress and negativity
- Clears your mind and calms your emotions
- Builds your mindfulness
- Connects you to your inner self
In the way the Jaffa cannot interact with their goa’uld symbiotes, we cannot directly interact with our spirits: You probably can’t talk to your spirit in the way you talk to your spouse, parents, or best friend. You can, however, care for it, allow it to guide you, benefit from its existence, and nurture it. Failing to nurture it can have a negative impact on your psychological and physical wellbeing.
During meditation, you take the time to be physically still so you can spend time with your inner voice. Depending on the practice or form you use, you either wander in your thoughts, follow one specific thought pattern, or just relax to see what happens.
Regardless, the practice of meditation helps you to slow down so you can spend time with your thoughts. By its very nature, this particular practice helps you to better navigate your thought processes.
After that happens, you have the tools release the stress and anxiety that comes from having a cluttered or overactive brain. Your emotions calm, and your spirit has room to stretch its legs- so to speak.
During meditation, regardless of the form you adhere to, mindfulness is key. Like learning to play an instrument or speak a foreign language, practice and exposure help you to develop the skills and muscle memory you need. The same thing applies to mindfulness.
Once you’ve got that far, it becomes easier to figure out what your spirit is actually looking for in fulfillment. You start to connect to your inner voice instead of just reacting to it. That inner voice often provides a boost to the self-esteem. Unfortunately, it can also break a person’s self-esteem. Once you’ve connected with it, you begin to understand why you say mean things to yourself and correct your inner language.
Sticks and stones may break bones, but a harsh inner-voice, lack of self-awareness, cluttered thoughts, and high-stress levels can break your spirit.