7 Mar
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5 Reasons

5 Reasons Not to Meditate (from the April issue of Mindful magazine)

1. Sounds Boring!
Sure, but it also happens to be a big relief to have some time when you’re not obligated to be somebody or do something.

2. I Can’t Sit Still
It’s just fine to fidget. Meditation is a process that develops over time. No one starts out sitting like a rock statue.

3. I Don’t Have Time
Time crunches are stressing us all out these days. But taking a pause from the rush-rush-rush may just help you use your time better.

4. I’m Scared to Be Alone
You’re not alone in that. Our culture has devalued taking time for solitude. It hasn’t always been that way. And it’s not as scary as you think.

5. My Mind is Too Fast
So, let it go fast. If you sit there awhile, it will slow down…and speed up again. You don’t need to try to find an ideal rate for your mind.

5 Reasons to Give It a Try Anyway

1. Understand Your Pain
Mental pain and anxiety are background noise that can underlie much of what we do. Here’s a chance to see firsthand what’s causing it.

2. Lower Stress
There’s lots of evidence these days that excess stress causes lots of illnesses and makes other illnesses worse. Mindfulness decreases stress.

3. Connect Better
Ever find yourself staring blankly at a friend, lover, child and you’ve no idea what they’re saying? Mindfulness helps you give them your full attention.

4. Improve Focus
It can be frustrating to have our mind stray off what we’re dong and be pulled in six directions. Meditation hones our innate ability to focus.

5. Reduce Brain Chatter
The nattering, chattering voice in our head seems never to leave us alone. Isn’t it time we gave it a little break?

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