Look past your thoughts so you may drink the pure nectar of this moment.

-Rumi

I have been practicing meditation for quite a while now because I find it very helpful during times of high stress and personal troubles. Here are three reasons why you should incorporate meditation into your daily routine:


1. It has many valuable mental health benefits:

Meditation has been found to increase focus and concentration, foster creativity, and improve relationships.
But that’s not all!

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2. It’s easy to do (with a bit of practice):

This infographic by Eric de Barros defines concentrative meditation with an easily digestible visual:

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Experts recommend to practice every day at the same time, with the best time being first thing in the morning. If you find it difficult to meditate on your own, try out some guided meditation! I did the 10 day challenge with the Headspace Meditation App, which I would recommend for anybody looking to dip their toes into the practice. For ten days in a row, open up the app, put in a set of headphones, and let the gentle voice of Andy Puddicombe guide you through a simple meditation practice. I found it hard to sit still for days 1-3, but it became easier as the days went on. With more practice, your ability to stay focused will become effortless!


3. It doesn’t cost any money.

The only thing that you need to meditate is yourself and a peaceful environment.

You shouldn’t try to meditate in a crowded cafeteria, a subway, or a shopping mall, or any place that is loud and distracting. I recommend a beautiful park when the weather is nice or the comfort of your own living room. Once situated comfortably, close your eyes and begin your practice.

If you’re having trouble getting started, try this simple exercise when you are stressed:

 

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Consider incorporating meditation into your daily routine. If you do, you will become more at peace with yourself and your environment, you will decrease stress and anxiety, and you might even find yourself randomly smiling because happiness can be a direct result of meditation. :)

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Featured image via Free People.