Meditation

99 Reasons to Start Meditating
From the desk of Dr. Deepak Chopra

There’s big buzz around meditation, and for good reason. Research points to this once fringe practice as a highly effective technique for improving your life overall. With benefits ranging from physiological to psychological to spiritual, and scientific research to back its validity, there’s really no reason anyone shouldn’t be meditating at this point. Corporations, professional sports teams, school systems, and celebrities all recognize the value of adopting mindfulness-based lifestyle practices as part of their daily routine.

If you’re still not convinced, here are 99 reasons to start meditating, from the light-hearted to the scientific, and everything in between.

• Helps you better manage stress
• Boosts your social life
• Helps you accomplish more by doing less
• Cultivates compassion
• Enables you to become present in the moment
• Leads you to, and connects you with, your purpose
• Lowers your blood pressure
• Gives you laser focus
• Heightens your intuition
• Improves your memory
• Makes you a nicer person
• Broadens your perspective
• Gives you Jedi-like skills
• Reduces irrational reactivity
• Increases your immunity
• Cultivates more loving relationships
• Helps you let go of defensiveness
• Lowers your heart rate
• Enhances sensory perception
• Helps you achieve better grades and/or higher test scores
• Decreases inflammation
• Taps your creativity
• Improves problem-solving abilities
• Lands you cooler friends
• Makes you more giving
• Boosts your happiness
• Deepens your connection to the Self and others
• Increases your emotional intelligence
• Accesses higher states of consciousness
• Improves your sex life (yes!)
• Leads to self-discovery
• Decreases anxiety and depression
• Makes you resilient in tough times
• Expands your awareness
• Opens you to greater possibilities
• Helps you let go of baggage
• Gives you a richer life experience
• Hones mental strength
• Helps you discover who you really are
• Encourages peace of mind
• Reduces impulsive behavior
• Teaches you about forgiveness
• Promotes more restful sleep
• Evokes feelings of lightness
• Discourages the victim mentality
• Allows you to step into your power
• Guides you to make more conscious choices
• Helps you to get out of your mind and into your heart
• Leads to cultivation of a spiritual practice
• It’s easier than you think
• Helps you get to know your thoughts (so you can change them)
• Improves metabolism
• Improves exercise
• Makes you less judgmental
• Alters the genetic expression of your DNA
• Increases your energy
• Enhances your connection with nature
• Makes you more fun to be around
• Helps you connect more deeply with your children
• Improves your ability to communicate effectively
• Reduces signs of aging
• Improves your listening skills
• Generates helpfulness
• Helps you fight diseases
• Improves heart rate and respiration
• Promotes cellular regeneration
• Enhances gratitude
• Makes you more successful
• Helps you become more proactive
• You can do it anywhere—no studios, gyms, or props needed
• Improves functioning of your brain
• Improves conflict resolution
• Strengthens bonds with your pets
• Makes you fall in love with Apple products
• Lessens your desire to control other people
• Reduces negative emotions
• Improves overall athletic performance
• Helps you roll with the punches
• Improves digestion
• Makes you want to do nice things for the planet
• Enhances collaboration
• Enables you to find the silver lining in challenging scenarios
• Builds self-confidence
• Increases job satisfaction
• Provides greater levels of tolerance
• Reduces road rage
• Balances mind, body, and spirit
• Activates the parasympathetic nervous system
• Deepens your capacity for love
• Develops greater will power
• Makes you more outgoing and fun
• Enhances dream recollection
• Helps you develop patience
• Helps with headaches and migraines
• Decreases muscle tension
• Slows aging of the mind
• Enhances your memory
• Everyone else is doing it
• It’s free!

Just as the phrase implies, “the answers are within.” A daily meditation practice will teach you about yourself, others, and the world you live in. You will tap into your own truth without the influence of society or the validation of others. And, the level of insight and clarity you glean from within is the catalyst for unparalleled personal development and self-evolution. This is how you become the best version of yourself. This is how you create personal transformation, and it’s how you effect global change.

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