How Meditation Gives Us More Time and Energy
When people think about meditation, they often envision a fuzzy, indulgent mindset disconnected and distant from everyday life. But meditation cultivates the exact opposite. Meditation nourishes feelings of Presence, connectedness and creativity by training the mind to perform better at everything else we do. Ultimately, meditation teaches us how to become more effective at living.
By practising mindfulness, whether for a minute or an hour, our thoughts and emotions are revealed to us. Every time we release the stories and wounds that hinder our spiritual growth, we free up more time and energy. We start to see where we’re closed off and unaware because spiritual awareness always shines a gentle light on what’s holding us back from happiness and joy.
For example, if you stopped carting around your long list of grudges, how much lighter would you feel? Or how much more mind space would you have if you stopped worrying about money and started creating money-making ideas?
When we commit to being awake and aware in our lives, we’re not just meditation practitioners. We’re spiritual warriors on a rugged and adventurous inner journey. All those behaviors and emotions that zap our time and energy, whether through procrastination, depression, self-pity or rage, can dissolve if they’re met with compassionate awareness, non-judgment and a generous dose of light-heartedness.
Spiritual warriors who battle their personal dragons in the meditation ring are rewarded for their bravery by living more peaceful, purposeful and authentic lives.
If you still don’t believe in the payoff of meditation or the practice seems too daunting to even begin (which means your dragons are winning their war against you), consider the alternative. By not committing to greater quality of time and energy in our lives, our threshold for life’s curveballs is severely eroded.
When we feel stressed out, in a bad mood, irritated or overwhelmed (perhaps even hostile), there’s no opportunity for expressing the best of ourselves with others.
The real enemies of effective time management and long-term energy are feelings of inadequacy, worthlessness and anxiety. Thousands of years, and now thousands of studies, prove that meditation diminishes the impact of bad feelings and behaviours.
So meditate. By regularly visiting a calm and creative place within, you’ll find more time and energy for the people and priorities that mean the most.
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May you find peace!