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According to the Huffington Post, meditation can benefit your self esteem in two specific ways. Meditation is good for improving your self belief and self acceptance. Your self esteem is improved when you can begin to love yourself and accept the truth of who you are.
Meditation is a tool that will allow you to understand deeply who and what you are and it will help put your insecurities and worries into perspective. It enables you to switch off and relax deeply and in this state clarity of understanding returns.
Quietening your mind will help you to pay attention to what your body is telling you. Meditation is a form of alternative medicine that has a long history in many eastern cultures. It can bring balance by using the body and mind connection, helping you to feel more grounded and at peace. According to Monk-Turner (2003), the aim of meditating is to focus one’s attention in the moment, to rest the mind and to find inner peace and relaxation. Stress-reduction is also another major benefit and the impact this has on blood pressure (Borysenko 1987).
Meditation is said to equal deep sleep in its health benefits. There are physical, mental and spiritual benefits, so regular meditation is recommended.
Some major benefits of meditation are:
- Reduces stress and gives you a sense of inner peace
- Reduces the effects of aging
- Enables you to enjoy life more
- Helps you to feel happier
- Improves your sleep
- Is good for your brain
- Keeps you healthy
and much more…
Music To Help You Meditate
Meditation is often accompanied by soothing and relaxing music, and for good reason. In fact, listening to music alone can be a meditative activity, simply by paying more attention and focus on the sounds and how they make you feel. There is some excellent meditation music and guided meditation out there at your disposal that can help you with anxiety and stress. The important thing is that you take meditation seriously and allow yourself the opportunity to “switch off” the outside world, even if it’s for five minutes and focus on yourself. One of the best ways to do this is by finding a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed, make yourself comfortable and pay attention to the music, to your breathing, and to how you feel in that very moment.
The work of David Ison is also interesting. He has written music and developed programs which help heal through meditation. Music is a wonderful way to build your energy and relax your mind instantly.
Meditation is also an excellent tool to help energize your chakras, which is another area I will be looking at in the coming weeks.
If you have little or no prior experience with meditation, or you find that you get distracted and feel like “it’s just not working”, I suggest you start off with a guided meditation. Some of the most effective meditation techniques require a guide or teacher to help you – these are called guided meditations. In these recordings, someone who has experience and knowledge will guide you step by step, teaching you how to meditate, telling you what to do physically and mentally as you relax. The video below is an excellent start which I suggest you try out when you have some time to relax. I also highly recommend you to get this Mindfulness Meditation which combines the power of hypnosis and meditation to help you have a calmer and more enjoyable life, and we all want that don’t we? So try it now!
If you’re skeptical, give this guided meditation below a try, I guarantee you will feel better!
Meditation can help improve your self esteem in many ways. One way it helps is in the reconditioning of your mind. For example, if you have a negative thought such as “I don’t deserve to be loved” then while meditating you would see this as just a thought which is temporary and will pass. You just notice it and move on. Meditation will teach you that you are not your thoughts, they are separate from you and you can let damaging thoughts go easily. Your self esteem will improve as you no longer hold on to these negative thoughts about yourself. Your thoughts will no longer have any great power over you. This is one of the gifts that meditating can give you.
Meditation: Living a Successful and Peaceful Life – Personal Health, Relationship, Self-Esteem, and Happiness (Inner Peace, Stress Relief, Meditation Techniques, How to Meditate, Anger Management) by Joanna Jackson
Meditation: Meditation For Beginners: How to Find your Real Happiness, Achieve Inner Peace and Unleash the True Potential (Meditation techniques – Zen Buddism – Meditation for busy people) by Amanda Frey
Borysenko, J. (1987). Minding the body, mending the mind. New York: Bantam
Monk-Turner, E. (2003). The benefits of meditation: experimental findings. The Social Science Journal, Vol.40, No.3
Has meditation helped you? How do you meditate? Please comment below to share your thoughts: