Benefits of Meditation

I believe one of the main benefits of meditation, even if only a few minutes a day, is to allow us to create a pause between a stimulus and our response. More often than not, if we hear someone say something we don’t like, we may immediately react. Meditation allows us to easily step back and pause to provide us time to think about an appropriate response. A few seconds can mean the difference between a harmful reaction or a benevolent action.

Also, there is a space between thoughts that begins to widen as we meditate regularly. This silent space, even if it is for a second or two, in the beginning, allows us to start to dis-identify with our emotions and thoughts and will enable us to identify with something beyond our local personality. It’s something I call becoming non-attached. Anthony de Mellow, in his book Awakenings, puts it succinctly in the following quote:

When something is happening to you, to see it as if it were happening to someone else, with no comment, no judgment, no attitude, no interference, no attempt to change, only to understand. You’ll begin to realize that increasingly you are dis-identifying from ‘me.’

I hope you are inspired to continue your meditation/contemplation/prayer practice or start one soon. Some spiritual teachers say it is the one thing they would teach above all else.

Published by SpiritualJourney17

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened. Tao Te Ching

36 thoughts on “Benefits of Meditation

  1. Very true, I totally agree. The cause of our distress and sorry state is our own reaction. I believe if we have control over our reaction of various life situations we would be much happier and peaceful

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  2. Thank you for this good post, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and learning from your perspective! I have recently published an article on my blog about why I love silence. If you have time, it would be great if you could check out my post as I would be interested to hear your thoughts! Thanks 🙂

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  3. I am a meditator and a huge fan of Anthony de Mello, “Sadhana” is great for meditation … “Birdsong” for contemplation … I’m sure he was a very realised man 🙂

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  4. Lovely post… it’s so important to use meditation to bring you back to yourself. Myself, I call it quietmetime a time to just be with me, to get to know myself, to integrate, breathe consciously, and just feel and observe what’s going on within❤️ With practice it becomes a 24/7 awareness that allows one to respond and act in life that brings one joy🥰 Thankyou for sharing your wisdom, much love Barbara x

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  5. I love meditation though I’ve yet to 100% commit to it, I plan on dedicating more time to meditation everyday, as I do believe it’s powerful, magical and important. Everything you’ve said about it is spot on. I love using crystals with my meditation also. Thanks so much for sharing, I love this and I am so excited to meditate more this week. Thank you ❤️

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