Meditation has helped me in so many ways, it is hard to put into a few sentences. I am much more aware of my thoughts and emotions. I feel not only more in control, but also more accepting of them. One of the most impactful things I have learned from meditation is that it is not about blocking out bad thoughts or emotions, but rather realizing they are normal and accepting them for what they are. Additionally, my focus on the task-at-hand has improved, I feel more patient and calm, and I find myself doing breathing techniques and thus being more relaxed during high-stress, high-pressure situations.
Being truly present is everything! I have been meditating for just under one year, and I am in a stage where some of the techniques are starting to come more naturally but I still need to actively think about others in order to engage them. I have a lot more work to do, but meditation is about enjoying the process!