Most see meditation as a waste of time or something to be done only if you had spare time on your hands. But according to Tom Evans, author of The Authority Guide to Practical Mindfulness when you get into the habit of meditating each day, even if just for 10 minutes, you will discover a whole range of real-world, tangible benefits.
For Balanced Being, Tom’s explains his top 5 benefits of bringing meditation and mindfulness into your life.
#Hack 1: Being Luckier
After just a few days spent meditating each morning, you will increase your ability to spot opportunities in your life.
Such serendipities happen all the time, but we often fail to spot them when our mind is busy and over-active. The calmness we get from meditating leaks into our day and helps us zone in on the happenstances that can make our day.
The world around us mirrors our internal thought processes. If we think the world is out to get us, it has the tendency to do just that. If we harbor kind thoughts, the world and the people in our world reflect benevolence back to us.
The Holistic Health Project
There’s a mentality that women go to ‘find’ themselves later in life during challenging times. What many of us fail to recognise, is that many of life’s pressures impact us, and our future, in our 20’s and 30’s.
With more expectations than ever to be successful, settle down, have a body type that’s ‘in’ that week and have children before we’re even ready, many women are feeling burnout, anxious, stressed, lost, and unwell. Most terrifyingly, many are burying these issues to keep up with our fast-paced world only to find that they will manifest in some way and need working through later in life.
Now, with its seventh retreat under its belt, The Holistic Health Project is on hand to equip and educate those in their mid-twenties and thirties by offering the skills to tackle many of these obstacles early on in life. The ideal programme for women struggling with self-confidence, a lack of direction, fatigue from a demanding job, and for those looking for some time out and perspective.
I was once someone who dismissed yoga, considering it not to be proper “exercise” and simply just stretching. However, when I decided to give it a go I started by ordering a power yoga DVD, and this showed me just how amazing yoga is for our bodies and our minds, and that it is most definitely exercise.
I now go to classes but I still use my DVD, and, as someone who started learning yoga from a screen, I was already aware of the benefits when I started my Yogaia trial.
The best thing about Yogaia is that it’s open to all levels. You can search for a class, live or recorded, and refine your search depending on the length, level and intensity of the class. You can choose to have your web camera on so that the teacher can see and correct you, or off if you feel too self-conscious. I felt more comfortable doing the recorded classes without using a camera, but the only downside to this is that you won’t be corrected if you’re doing something wrong. That said, although the live classes are much more helpful in that sense, it isn’t the same as having a teacher in the room to move you physically into certain positions.