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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Why Even YOU Should Try Meditation

By February 25, 2013

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The practice of meditation is one of the most beneficial tools for stress management. It brings many health benefits, promotes longevity, and even has a protective effect against future stressors. More simply put, meditation can calm your physiology to reverse a stress response that you may be feeling right now, and regular meditation can also make you less reactive to stressors that you encounter in the future! It can be done by people with physical limitations, requires no special equipment, and is easy to learn. But not everyone tries meditation, and of those why try, not everyone 'succeeds'. Why?

Certain personality types, such as perfectionists or those with 'Type A' personalities, find it difficult to quiet their minds. Others may be trying a form of meditation that's more difficult for beginners to grasp, and giving up when it doesn't feel 'right' right away. It may also be challenging to find 30 quiet minutes a day, and some people may think that, if they don't put that much time into the practice, they won't see any benefits.

If you've tried meditation in the past and couldn't get the hang of it, or if you've been afraid to try because you thought you wouldn't see any benefit, or if you haven't been able to fit it into your schedule yet, I'd like to ask you to reconsider your views on meditation and give it a fresh try. I do understand these roadblocks--I found meditation difficult at first because I was trying the wrong type of meditation--but the benefits of meditation, and the variety of meditation techniques you can try--make this stress relief technique one that shouldn't be missed. (And according to a stress reliever poll on this site, meditation is one of the least-practiced technique among my readers--so far!)

The following resources can provide you with everything you need to start anew with meditation: information on meditation (for motivation), and instructions on how to practice several different forms of meditation (try a few and see which ones fit the best). In the coming weeks, I'll be providing new meditation techniques to try, too, so you can find an increasingly large variety to practice. Try meditation for the week, and see how you feel!

  • Benefits of Meditation
    Read up about how meditation can help you become healthier and less stressed.
  • Basic Meditation
    Here's a simple form of meditation to get you started. It's good for those who are new to meditation.
  • Walking Meditation
    This form of meditation is also great for beginners, and can bring the combined benefits of meditation and exercise.
  • Mantra Meditation
    If you find it difficult to quiet your mind when you meditate, mantra meditation may be for you. It can be used to combine the benefits of positive affirmations and meditation, and works well for beginners, 'Type A' personalities, and those who have a lot on their minds.
  • Meditation Tips for Perfectionists
    I let perfectionism keep me from meditation for years. Then I learned a small trick that made a big difference for me. If you find yourself getting frustrated with meditation because it's hard to keep your mind clear, here's an article for you.
  • Can't Meditate?
    If you've tried meditation and just feel that you can't do it, here's an article to read.
What has your experience been with meditation? Have you tried it in the past and found it to be 'not for you'? (If so, why?) Are you experienced with meditation? (If so, what are your favorite techniques?) Share your thoughts in the comments or in the Stress Management Forum.

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February 4, 2009 at 5:40 pm
(1) Elizabeth Scott says:

I love your comments. See you next time. ; )

February 6, 2009 at 8:01 pm
(2) Nate @ Money Young says:

Elizabeth nice article. I’ve tried meditation before in the past and could never quite stick with it. I’m gonna take your suggestion and give it a fresh try.

-Nate

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