Meditation is almost universally accepted as a powerful tool that can help you to reset, find your center, and improve your physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
But, many of the strongest reasons in favor of starting a meditation practice are often overlooked. In this post, I want to share what I see as the 3 most beneficial impacts of meditation.
These 3 reasons are extremely important, but they are hard to quantify, which means they tend to get left out of the more standardized lists of benefits.
(If you’d rather read about the health impact of meditation, check out this page.)
3 Personal Growth & Spiritual Benefits of Meditation
To me, the primary reason that you should start a meditation practice boils down to your own personal growth.
I believe we should always strive to continue to improve and reinvent ourselves, through a process of continuous self-renewal.
Meditation is an invaluable part of that process for 3 reasons.
1) Meditation raises your energy.
When you take time to meditate, you give yourself the ability to reset your energy. This leads to an awakening and enlivening feeling, which will propel you towards whatever goals or actions you want to be, do, or have.
This is because there exists within each of us a natural, inner sense of joy, peace, and well-being. Through meditation, we learn to quiet the mind and regain a sense of connection with this inner joy.
In a very real sense, you do not have to “do” anything. Meditation simply helps you to stop thinking the negative, destructive, and fear-based thoughts that keep you from experiencing this inner bliss.
When you are new to meditation, it can take time to develop an awareness of this inner joy. But, with practice, you can learn to tune-in to it easily and effortlessly, after only a few moments of inner stillness.
This has a two-pronged effect.
First, it enables you to raise your energy in the moment, during your meditation.
Second, it helps you to bring this energy with you into your day, so you can maintain a higher vibration and more awakened consciousness as you go about your normal routine.
This leads us to number 2…
2) Meditation changes the way you experience and interpret the world.
When you practice meditation consistently, you begin to develop a new form of awareness that you can take with you into the physical world.
The practice of detaching from your thoughts during a meditation will help to prepare you to step back and detach from events in the world around you.
This means that, through meditation, you begin to experience the world in a new way. You start to see the world from a higher, more enlightened perspective, and you begin to feel consistently more peaceful as you live your daily life.
Gradually, you will start to see beauty in the million little things that are always, already before you, and the negative stress and fear-based triggers that have plagued you for decades start to disappear.
The key to developing this detached awareness comes with your ability to take meditation with you into your day. I call this process one of stepping back, a simple act of taking a few seconds throughout your day to reconnect with that inner stillness.
You can watch this video to learn more about stepping back.
3) Meditation helps you become the best version of yourself.
Lastly, the first two benefits will gradually lead you to change your thoughts and actions.
This process will happen naturally and, again, is not something you need to feel you should “work for” with your meditation practice.
Instead, as you take time to meditate and connect with your inner joy throughout your day, you will start to think and act from a new perspective. In a very real sense, you start to act from better and better versions of yourself, constantly increasing the awareness you hold.
This translates into feelings of more confidence, inner knowingness, compassion for others, joy, peace, love, and wonder for everything in the world around you. You will begin to feel less-stressed and, as a result, will start following actions you feel inspired to take, rather than those you feel you “must do” to get through the month.
A New Lease On Life
Collectively, these 3 benefits will have a profound impact on your life.
Often, this impact emerges gradually, but it can also begin to shift far more rapidly than most people expect. Even getting into a meditation routine for a month will often be enough to shift your perspective, and kickstart a new, happier, and more abundant way of life.
If you’re ready to take that step, I recommend you try our 30-Day Introduction to Meditation.