After waking from a restful sleep, prayer and meditation are important for orienting yourself toward a positive day. What you focus on expands. Prayer and meditation facilitate intense gratitude for all that you have. The world is your oyster when you think abundantly.
Meditation is so important. It heals your body and mind. I cannot start my day without it and if I can't get to it, I make sure to do it before I sleep. Meditating lowers your blood pressure, reduces stress, strengthens your intuition and third eye, increases immunity, brings more peace, reduces aging, makes you appreciate life more, keeps you in the present, helps you sleep better, increases your attention spam, improves metabolism, and more! Once you form the habit, meditation becomes the best part of your day. It is like a seed. When you cultivate a seed with love, the more it blossoms.
I started off meditating with an app called Calm. I began with as little as 2 minutes a day and now I am able to sit still and meditate for 20 minutes. How do you mediate? You sit or lie comfortably, close your eyes, breathe naturally, and focus on the inhalation and exhalation of your breath. Meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference.
Just as we look to food to fuel our physical selves, we should look to meditation and prayer to fuel our spiritual selves. Meditation is like spiritual exercise, developing attitudinal muscles and making them strong. Consider it your daily workout. After a certain point in our lives, whether in relation to physical or attitudinal muscles, gravity pulls down what we don't work at keeping up! Flabby spiritual muscles are things like cynicism, negativity, anger, victim consciousness, judgementalism, and fear. Just as we do well to exercise our bodies on a regular basis, we also do well to exercise our minds. Meditation, again like physical exercise, isn't something we can afford to stop doing. Just as we wash to remove yesterday's dirt from our bodies, we meditate to remove yesterday's stress from our minds. According to an article published by the American Public Health Association, people who practice Transcendental Meditation spend 11 percent less annually on health care than does the general population.
The benefits of meditation go beyond de-stressing the mind; meditation actually expands the mind. It gives us insight and illumination. It builds wisdom and compassion. It goes a long way toward making us the people we wish to be.
Know that whatever you can be, you can have.