Meditation is becoming an increasingly popular alternative not only for holistic wellness, but also to balance one’s psychological, emotional, and mental states of being.
While media is still trying to wrap their heads around the increasing growth of meditation and yoga, there have been some wonderful studies concluded that have shown great potential for introducing meditation to kids at school.
In particular, the Transcendental Meditation organization did a series of studies that depicted what’s commonly known as the Maharishi Effect — the ability to positively influence immediate surroundings, and indeed the world through a determined meditation effort by a large number of people.
In 1978, what is known as the “Maharishi Effect” took place when a group of 7000 individuals over the course of 3 weeks were meditating in hopes of positively affecting the surrounding city. They were able to literally transform the collective energy of the city which reduced global crime rates, violence, and casualties during the times of their meditation by an average of 16%. Suicide rates and automobile accidents also were reduced with all variables accounted for. In fact, there was a 72% reduction in terrorist activity during the times at which this group was meditation.
These studies show promising results, but meditation isn’t something we can necessarily study just like that. Meditation is an evolving process, one that helps you connect with a deeper part of yourself, your Self which ultimately governs your life experience based on the choices and decisions that you make.
So, if meditation does help to reduce crime, wrongdoings, and injustice in the World around us, why would we ignore it? Nevertheless, that is a very difficult concept to grasp, but I’m eager to know whether you have, and if you haven’t – what is the main reason behind it?
I’m going to leave this space open for future posts, where I will go into a more deeper detail about the benefits of meditation, and how meditation has helped me to turn my life around, and how it can help you to overcome difficulties.
Should You Meditate Every Day?
I have had a meditation practice for the last four years now, and during this time period I have experienced meditation in a variety of settings, and at different times of the day. This pattern of meditation was developed based on what information I was able to find in books, articles, and magazines in regards to the best time for meditation.
The first time I really dedicated myself to meditation, I was immersed in a daily habit of meditation for six full months. It was a personal and deeply spiritual time in my life, aligned with my awakening experience, and this time to myself was necessary to grasp what meditation meant for me, and the kind of role it was going to play in my life. Each day, I would meditate at a specific time, and would try my best to stick to my meditation practice as diligently as possible.
After those six months, it was time to leave meditation aside for a little while. The process of meditation on daily basis for such a long time had unraveled a lot of insights about myself and my life’s journey, and my perception had changed drastically and it was hard to connect back to my past. I was not the same person I was before.
So, how does this help us determine whether a daily meditation practice is good for us or not? For one, I think that if we practice on daily basis – we’re allowing our energy to build up over time, and in turn we enable ourselves to understand things on a more broad perspective.
Masterings others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. — Lao Tzu
In all fairness, before I began my meditation practice, the quote above would have meant nothing for me. It would be a text on a wall at most, but as my awareness started to increase, such quotes and sayings started to make more sense. I could see how I could apply them to my life, my problems, and my own personal needs. It’s quite fascinating.
5 Reasons to Meditate Every Day
I’m certain that as time keeps going by, there will be plenty of opportunities for me to go deeper into my own awakening experience and how the process has kept unfolding to this day, but first – here are my absolute “to consider” reasons when it comes to asking yourself: should I meditate on daily basis?
- It’s something to look forward to. If you meditate early in the morning, it’s another reason to get out of the bed. Eventually, you want to get out of the bed to meditate. It keeps you in check with your own reality.
- You get to spend time with yourself. If you’re a busy person, meditation is going to become the thing you look forward to the most. It’s peaceful, it’s quiet and it’s rewarding.
- Your awareness gradually expands. In other words, you become more open to life and all that is has to offer. You really need to experience this for yourself to know what it means.
- You gain spiritual insight, things that seemed outrageous a few years ago, might start to make sense once you start a daily meditation practice. There is a natural feeling of high that accompanies those who dare to explore this practice. :)
- You learn about yourself, and you learn how to make yourself a better person. All that chatter going on in your head is a reflection of what is happening in your mind and life, the more you meditate – the calmer it becomes!
the list doesn’t need to go on forever, you’re going to experience these and many other rewarding benefits within days of starting your daily practice.
Meditation cannot be compared to gambling or similar activities in life where success is only partly guaranteed, while with meditation – you’re always succeeding, always learning new things, and always climbing the ladder of learning who you really are.
I would love to know if any of these resonated with you, especially if you already have an established meditation practice. If you don’t have a daily practice established, share with us in the comment section about your current beliefs on meditation, and why you’re finding it difficult to begin a practice?