The “Side Effects” of Meditation

December 10, 2019

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Meditation is a practice that I have incorporated into my life almost two years ago. I have grown more, emotionally and spiritually, than I could have expected.

Growing up I always heard people mention meditation, but it always came across as a “out there” practice and the mental image of people sitting cross-legged while humming a weird sound came to my mind.

Meditation in the States was always associated with hippies or those who don’t fit into the typical stereotype of Western society. To be honest, once I began practicing meditation, I realized it’s completely true!

The only thing that changed was my perspective around meditation and discovering all the amazing benefits that it does for you.

The reason why I started meditating was to find a way to manage my anxiety. I had been living with numerous autoimmune and gut issues, all stress-related, and I was searching for a way to calm down.

My gut issues began to fade away and other areas of my life transformed as well.

Five Underrated Benefits of Meditation

1. Speaking to your higher self:

This may not be the best way to convince you that mediation isn’t a “far out” practice, but it is one of my favorite reasons to mediate.

When I first started meditating, I could barely relax long enough to sit still for more than five minutes. I was itching for the timer to go off, or the music to end so I could continue on with my day.

Then one day, about eight minutes in, I heard a voice that seemed foreign, yet at the same time, all-too familiar to me. It was my own voice, but one from a frequency of love and light. It spoke quietly, slowly, and through a version of myself, someone whom I wanted to become.

I clearly knew this voice wasn’t the ego side of me, but a voice from my soul, or higher self coming through to me. It felt like a rebirth, an awakening of the dormant part of myself that society told me to keep quiet.

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From then I was hooked, I had to continue to meditate, to engage in longer conversations with my higher self, and discover where it would lead me.

2. Staying young:

Now in no way am I saying if you’re 50 you will be able to turn back time to when you were 25 years old. I think meditation would be a lot more popular if that was the case; as it is now, less than 15% of Americans meditate (2019).

However, what I am here to tell you is that you can slow down the process of aging through meditation.

There are two ways in which this can be done:

  • Affirmations

Similarly to using positive visualization to manifest more money, or love, one can harness the Law of Attraction for vitality.

During meditation, some advanced mediators can actually go so deep into the session that they shift their brain waves from alpha or beta to theta brain waves.

Theta brain waves allow the connection with the subconscious mind to tap into the beliefs that have caused you to age the way you have.

As a kid, everyone tells you “don’t get old,” “enjoy this while you’re young,” or “I’m not looking forward to aging.” All this talk actually subconsciously programs into your mind the belief that aging is a terrible process, filled with wrinkles, injury, and disease.

When one enters the theta state during meditation, the affirmations you say actually go into your subconscious mind and help change those thought patterns that made the cells in your body believe aging in something to fear, a negative emotion that will only attract fearful aging.

  • Reducing Stress

One of the widely known reasons for meditation is to eliminate stress, one of most fundamental causes of disease and death. The more our bodies are stressed, the less they perform effectively and the faster they “age.”

If you’ve ever seen a stressed-out person, you can physically see the havoc it takes on their body. They have grey hair, wrinkles, bags under their eyes, and are irritated by the slightest thing.

These are all signs that their body’s cells are losing their vitality, that they are aging faster than they normally would.

When you reduce stress through meditation, you actually slow down the process of aging by keeping the cells healthy, and out of an inflammatory state.

3. Breaking bad habits:

Meditation, when used daily, can decrease the amount of mental chatter you have going on. It keeps you up at night, keeping you anxious, and causing you to partake in bad habits.

Bad habits, ones that revolve around creating a happy feeling, or avoiding a bad one, are detrimental to your health.

Biting your nails, smoking, doing drugs, binge eating, excessive partying or drinking are just several examples of bad habits that come from the mental chatter that goes on in your head.

When you struggle to quiet your mind, your mind can take over your feelings and thoughts, and thus what you attract. You will no longer live through the control of your soul mind, living instead under the control of your ego mind.

Bad habits are extremely hard to break, which is why they become habitual in the first place. However, meditating for ten minutes every day, for at least 21 days, may just be the nudge you need to stop.

When you can slow down your thoughts, observe them, and interpret what they are trying to teach you, then you can be open to the idea of fixing that area of your life, instead of running from them.

4. Stopping anger in its tracks:

Now, everyone has their individual reasons to be angry, to yell, overreact, and hold a grudge. However, one of the major reasons people fight is our need to gain power over others. We don’t realize what we’re doing, as it’s an ingrained survival method that has been with us forever.

When you get into a fight or get angry, it is because someone threatened a part of your personality or belief that chipped away at your ego.

Try and remember the last time you were angry. What was the reason? Did someone cut you off in traffic? Your partner didn’t clean the dishes? Your friends disagreed with a point you made in a debate?

Getting angry comes from a place of survival and when you react, you do so blindly. You react in a way that can show your dominance, your power over another, and in turn, boost your ego. Through meditation, you can have better communication with your soul self, release the need to shine through your ego, and live more presently.

Meditation allows your thoughts to slow down, in addition to allowing for a better understanding of different perspectives. If I ever feel threatened by another, or angered by anyone, I meditate on it. I try and understand exactly “why” I was angry and what that person did that upset me. Nine out of ten times, they did something that threatened my ego.

They chipped away at the image I had of myself, and that made me angry. However, upon realizing that they are acting out through anger as well, I can see their perspective and I know it has nothing to do with me; indeed, they are just searching for a way to augment their ego power too.

Mediation can help you better identify with your emotions and soon you can apply those same feelings of peace and love to moments of anger or frustration.

5. Finding your soul purpose:

Now this is super cliché and I apologize for that, but I firmly believe meditation has the power to transform your life. This daily practice comes with endless benefits, and the most liberating one is strengthening your ability to find your soul’s true purpose in life.

So many peoples’ lives are governed by a set routine of waking up, working to pay off bills, and longing for the weekend to arrive in order to escape. You do what society tells you is the right path for your life—to generate income—and yet yours desires are always out of reach.

I have heard so many stories of people wishing they had pursued a dream they had to be an artist, to run their own business, to sell an innovative product they knew would help millions. So many of them have accepted that their dream will just be a dream.

Meditation allowed me to realize that my purpose is to awaken more souls spiritually, to do my part in raising the humanity’s vibration on a global scale, and to connect more beings to their soul selves.

Every time I meditate I request that the universe show me what to do and where to go to receive the highest good now. This one command allows the it to know that I am serious about my goals and my intentions and that I am ready to be shown the way. There is no doubt in my mind that if you incorporate that command into your meditation, you will be shown the way as well!

There are so many signs from the universe that you are on the right path or not; and yet, so many people ignore them or brush them off as coincidences. They aren’t! They’re answers to the commands and prayers you made during your meditative or mindfulness practices.

Meditate so that your soul can tell you what your purpose is. The answer will come to you. You’ll receive guidance in every possible way once you understand your purpose.

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