The benefits of prayer/meditation/shutting up for 15 minutes

BENEFITS OF MEDITATION (1)This post isn’t meant to be preachy in any way. [just a disclaimer]

We live in a crazy hectic world. We’re constantly running from one place to another like crazy people and we stay busy almost all day.

Which is why the idea of taking some time out of your day everyday to pray or meditate or just simply shut up is so so necessary.

Does that sound like crazy talk? It did for me.

I thrive on keeping myself busy- it’s the best way for me to get work done. I have my to-do list every day, my whole day scheduled in my calendar almost always a week in advance and I stick to it (please tell me someone else out there does too). Especially now that it’s wedding week, things can get really stressful. 

So things are hectic- you get the point. Well I read an article that talked about the major mental/physical benefits of taking time to meditate – like reduction of anxiety and blood lactate and increase in creativity, clarity, serotonin production and much more. If you’re more science-minded, check out this article that details 75+ scientific reasons that meditation (esp. daily) is beneficial!

I know a lot of people tend to think of specific religions when they think of meditation/prayer time, but I think it can apply to anyone. To me, it means taking 20 or so minutes out of your day to contemplate and reflect on your day, your goals, the things you have achieved or are thankful for, your strengths/weaknesses- anything.

For myself, I’ve found that adding meditation to my life has improved it in multiple ways (and so has Carl!). It has made me a lot more calm and focused and helps him to stay on track with his day. I am constantly thinking about where I am in life, what my goals are, etc. and focusing on that during meditation/prayer allows me to re-focus.

It’s also important to set the right environment. If you’re rushing and trying to meditate when you need to leave for work in 5 minutes or are trying to multi-task while meditating (guilty!), you’re not really getting the full benefits.

In the morning, I try to wake up a little earlier than necessary, make some coffee and pray (usually from this book). It really just helps me to be more awake and have a greater sense of intentionality within my day.

At night, I make my night time tea, throw on some comfy clothes, play some soft instrumentals (so i guess not complete silence?!) and just quiet my head. It’s honestly helped me be way more calm and sleep better than when I would go straight from my computer to jumping in bed.

Granted, I’m not perfect and don’t do it daily, I still try to calendar it in to get in the habit.

All right, I’m off to take my own advice and take a few now that I’ve made my killer rest-of-wedding-week to do list.

What about you guys? Do you meditate/pray/sit silently as a part of your routine?


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