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Everyone heard the recent news about a group of boys stuck in the dark cave in Thailand. We know the story. We all cheered them each day, checking the headlines and hoping for the best.
When finally the rescue team arrived after long 21 days, they found the young boys in good spirits and smiling. As it turns out the boys kept themselves calm and positive throughout, just waiting for the help to come. Their coach, Ekkapol Chanthawong, is a former Buddhist monk who lived in a monastery for 10 years. He taught the group how to meditate in order to stay calm. Meditation has helped them to survive weeks of isolation, hunger and life-threatening conditions.
Most people were astonished when they saw the shots from the rescue. But having learned what kept them going, I knew that’s possible. I’ve experienced enough to learn about the powerful effects of meditation. It helped me recover from chronic pain and overcome depression. Simply using a simple app by Jon Kabat-Zinn some 5 years ago, I turned my life. Now I’m an artist, sharing these messages through my work.
5 years after, it still helps me. Not with pain. Today meditation helps me when I struggle with stress at work, when relationships are falling or finances drain my soul.
Recently I talked to a friend and she asked me what exactly I get out of meditation. Sometimes, I just can’t shut up about it, but wanted to give her an accurate answer. I thought about the half an hour I spent each day meditating, and answered. Benefits of meditation don’t always appear during the time of doing it. The real magic happens when I’m not meditating. In my busy, everyday life, I’m no longer trying to control every little detail. When there is a heated discussion I can now react with clarity and reason. I am more in tune with myself and know what I want, and what’s good for me. What I also achieved, is that I’m more in tune with others. With more empathy and compassion. I’ve built the resilience.
Don’t get me wrong, I can still freak out and get angry now and then, but it’s now so much easier to get back to the calm place. It almost feels like I’m moving through my life wearing a safety layer protecting me whenever I need it.
No, it doesn’t make me a superhuman. It just makes me a better human. That’s enough.
If you haven’t started meditation yet, it’s not too late. Just start by taking a few minutes for yourself in quiet, without any distractions. Then the only thing you have to do it’s to sit and breathe. Just observe how your body feels, and when a thought comes to your mind, try not to elaborate. Just let them flow through. They will be coming… Oh, yes. A lot of them. Just let them come and go. Even this “trying” makes it a great exercise for your mind. There are many types of meditation, but this one is basic and it works. I will say it again. It works. After you’ve made it regular, you will be able to see the results. And you will not want to go back to pre-meditating years.
Just think about the group of smiling boys, and imagine how can meditation help you go through your days.
There is more on the subject of powerful benefits of meditation in this great article “How 10 Minutes of Meditation changed my life”.
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