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I can honestly say I break my life up into two parts, me before I started to meditate and me after.  That's how much of a big deal its been in my life.  Learning to meditate and incorporating daily practice has changed my life in so many ways, not only in how I feel but also in who I am.

My story of learning to meditate is probably pretty similar to a lot of peoples.  I had so much going on, everything felt more than overwhelming and there was so much for the first time in my life that I really couldn't control. I was spending most of my time thinking about the 'tomorrow's' and the 'what ifs'.  My thoughts were uncalm and cluttered and I knew I wanted to change them but I just didn't really know how, until I found an article about meditation online.  Now I knew about meditation like most people but I didn't really 'know' anything about it, like the health benefits or the scientific research behind it.  But I was willing to try and I ordered a book from amazon to learn all about it and to try and teach myself how to practise it.

A couple of weeks after ordering the book, I meditated for the first time, it was weird and I was fidgety and over thinking everything but I kept going and gradually over the course of only a week I felt for the first time in a long time, calm.  I had glimpses of a clear head again and that was enough for me to continue.

So here we are now many, many years later and I'm still sitting once or twice a day everyday meditating.  Don't get me wrong it wasn't plain sailing, there were days when I felt like I used my 20 minute meditation to think about all the things I didn't want to think about and times when those 20 minutes felt longer than an eternity but there were also moments of startling clarity, of peacefulness like I had never felt before.  It broke through that period of my life like a glowing sunshine on a dull day and I can say that my life has been different and much, much better ever since.

I really feel like meditation found me exactly when i needed it and came into my life for a reason.  So if it's not already in your life,  I hope it finds you too and that you will have as great an experience with it as I have.