What Meditation Can Do For You
by Misha Palmer
Imagine being urged to mediate for a minimum of 20 minutes every day. If you’re like me you’re probably asking yourself, when? Exactly when should I put my lengthy to-do list aside and just sit and be still? Especially when there’s already not enough time in the 24 hours we’re allotted. Between having hectic workdays filled with meetings and trying to maintain a happy home and pseudo-social life, there just isn’t any time for meditation. And frankly, is meditating that important? Yes, it is.
A couple of weeks ago, I found myself feeling quite ill, extremely tired, achy, unable to concentrate, just irate and overall stressed out. Some thing was wrong. I’d go to bed early, I’d try to manage my workday better, I ate balanced meals filled with Kale (the so-called super food) I drank more water, increased my Vitamin B intake, threw myself in my devotionals on my train ride—you name it I tried it. And of course, I prayed. Nothing was working.
It wasn’t until one morning on my commute to work where I stumbled upon a podcast discussing the importance of meditation. I thought to myself, there must me something to this. After listening to it not once, not twice, but three times I realized, this is it. This is the one important piece I must be missing in my daily routine. And although I felt as if my life was not set up to accommodate daily meditation sessions, I knew I had to figure it out. Even it meant cutting down on my entertaining social media binges –10 -15 minutes a day wasn’t going to make or break my to-do list. But it could make or break me.
I learned that meditation is a simple technique where you become very still, quieting your mind and silencing the outside world. And by just becoming one with your thoughts and being in the moment, meditation can aid in reducing and alleviating stress. As stress levels decline, the blood pressure has a way of normalizing, the heart rate can become more steady and your immune system stronger. Not only do studies show that it can improve your physical health, but your mental health as well. When you are mentally sound, your life has a way of opening up to more love, joy and a peace that passes all understanding. Read: Philippians 4:7
When we are able to just be still and quiet our minds, our hearts open up allowing our soul and spirit to make room to hear God’s voice and direction to us. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:16 It is in these quiet moments when many times the true desires of our hearts are planted and the order of our steps made visible. We’re all created with purpose, and mediation is a great way for us to silence all the distractions keeping us from being our best selves. So after you pray, try becoming still and just letting the words of your mouth and the mediation of your heart be acceptable to God. Read: Psalm 19: 14
“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Exodus 9:16