Let’s face it: When you’re not happy, everyone knows it.
And if you think about it, most of the events, people, and situations that cause you unhappiness in life, are due to change. Change is inevitable, and it’s everywhere. The casual Friday policy at work changed, so say goodbye to your jeans until the weekend. Your preschooler came home with head lice, so there goes your relaxing evening watching Law and Order.
While, as much as you watch what you eat, you’re not losing those last ten pounds as quick as you’d like – thanks to a metabolism that has slowed down in recent years. Yet, as many things surface in your life that surprise, startle, or downright bum you out, meditation can offer a way for you to take the change in your life, and make it work for you – not against you.
No matter how much we try to avoid change, we can’t run from it – its surfaces in every aspect of our lives. The good news is, meditation can create an opportunity for acceptance and the embracing of change and create happiness where you thought it could never exist.
Detach and Release – When Emotions Take Over in Your Relationships
Meditation allows you to increase your happiness by detaching from your emotions, instead of becoming consumed by them. For example, if you recently broke up with a long term partner after years of an intimate relationship, and you find your mind is constantly ‘going’ with negative chatter – blame, guilt, anger, frustration and the ‘he said, she said’ that often arises from a good relationship gone bad, meditation strengthens your mindfulness, which enhances your ability to detach and have a clear, fresh perspective on the past.
Science of meditation and happiness
Studies have shown that when you meditate, you tune into a consciousness that isn’t always possible when you’re living in a mindless state. For example, if a co-worker or spouse is yelling at you, what’s a natural first reaction? To yell back, become silent, or at the very least, be defensive. After all, what’s their problem? It’s easy to blame instead of stepping back and taking responsibility for your part in the argument when someone else is yelling and acting as if we are the only one to blame.
But, when you meditate, as clinical studies from UCLA have shown, you have the ability to think more rationally, logically and from several perspectives. (In other words, you’re able to detach with heightened reasoning skills and awareness.)
Lastly, meditation can allow you to develop a serene calmness, which can help you to cool down and communicate more effectively in your relationships. And as everyone knows, the quality of your relationships offers a direct correlation to the happiness in your life. Better communication equals better quality of life. So breath deep, meditate and enjoy the benefits it brings!
Good Health Makes You Happier
A 2005 study demonstrated something staggering – those who meditated have a stronger, and thicker cortex (the part of the brain that processes emotions, attention and sensory awareness), and the more they meditated, the thicker the cortex grew. Although scientists don’t know the in’s and out’s regarding why meditation affects the brain, study after study shows that happy people can become even happier through meditation, and anyone can increase their gratitude, sensory perception, youthful exuberance and passion for life by starting with an easy five minute meditation to their day. Perk yourself up first thing in the morning by sitting still, breathing in and out, and focusing on ‘being’ instead of ‘doing’.
You can’t change the world. You can’t change other’s opinions of you. But, you can change how well you interpret the change that’s happening, and become more focused, and more capable to handle anything that comes your way through regular meditation. With EquiSync®, you can experience super-pleasurable, highly-beneficial states of deep meditation quickly, safely, and easily.
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