Practicing meditation for just 5–10 minutes in the morning before you start your day will transform your entire life.
I’ve been meditating consistently for about three years and the impact it has had on my overall quality of life has been remarkable. I’m a very emotional person which can be a weakness when I let my emotions get the best of me.
I have my own inner conflicts in which I need to overcome and Meditation is the tool which helps me do that.
After losing my mom a few years ago from cancer it took a toll on me and I went to a dark place.
My mother was only 40 when she passed away — I was 18. It was now only me, my step dad, and two younger sisters. I refused to suffer and be depressed.
I literally remember looking up online — how can I be more positive? This is when I came across things like motivational videos, self-help books, journaling etc.
Coming across content that was specifically made to get my mind in a happier place was a very liberating experience. Meditation has been one of the best self-help tools I’ve leared and it has consistently had a direct impact on the way I experience day to day life.
I try to meditate every Morning for at least 15 minutes. When I don’t meditate it can make my day much more challenging.
A couple things happened:
- Increased self-discipline: When I first started meditating I never thought I’d be able to quiet my mind. The key to becoming successful at anything is committment to being consistent at whatever you’re trying to achieve. To become better at meditating I made sure to stick to a certain time and committed to at least 5–10 minutes everyday. Self-discipline is developed by practicing a habit until it becomes routine. There are going to be days that aren’t going to be your best. Don’t allow negative self-talk paralyze you from making improving at the skills or habits you’d like to adopt.
- Less Reactive: I’m not the friendliest person when I wake up in the morning but a morning meditation plays a massive role in the outcome of the rest of the day. I react better towards aggressive morning drivers, negative news or challenges that I face throughout the day. This is crucial for my self-improvement and I’m becoming more mindful of it the more I catch myself. Awareness is the key to any kind of health transformation.
- More Optimistic: I used to always think the worst case scenario in every situation and I believed it was my reality. By practicing meditation, it opens you up to realizing that negative thoughts cause negative emotions and reactions. Your outlook on life becomes much more clear and positive. It’ll give you the confidence you need to keep moving forward when times are tough. Life is going to throw stuff at you but you’re going to have developed the attitude to overcome any set back you face.
- Enhanced Self-awareness: Meditation was one of the best tools that helped me enhance my self-awareness. If you don’t understand why you have the thoughts you have or act the way you do, meditating can help you identify why that is. I’ve been able to develop a better understanding of my thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. I believe self-awareness is the foundation for understanding who you really are. Take the time to close your eyes and listen to the voice in your head.
Some of the world’s most inspirational people meditate routinely.
Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, Tom Bilyeu, Jay Shetty, Lewis Howes, Steve Jobs — just to name a few.
This small but very effective tactic will enhance every part of your life. The key to your success is getting 1% better each day and making progress.
Keep consistent at whatever goal you are trying to pursue and you will improve. Never forget the reason WHY you started in the first place.
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