Stress comes from a mismatch between what we want to see happening and what is actually happening. Accepting things as being the way they are and letting go of our need to have things go our way can bring us a lot of relief. This does not mean accepting the things that we can work to change but it’s understanding that we cannot change everything. Stress management through reframing stressful situations is one of the most powerful tools that come with meditation.
Meditation has been proven to help people fall asleep twice as quickly, enhance rapid eye movement (REM) sleep states, and preserve deep sleep. In fact, it apparently works so well that by the end of one insomnia and meditation trial, 60% of participants no longer qualified as insomniacs.
While meditation can’t stop the clock, it can slow the pace of life a little through a change in our perception. Meditating every day provides us with a sense of calm, increasing our focus so we can appreciate the small things in life. Furthermore, because meditation can make us more productive, we tend to work through tasks with more speed and accuracy, giving us more time to simply enjoy ourselves.
So, how did you fare? Whether one or all three resonated with you, you can benefit from meditation.