The Benefits Of Meditation

The Benefits Of Meditation

"The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness." - Sakyong Mipham

Meditation, while quite trendy today, has actually been practiced in some form for thousands of years. Life is stressful with school, work and family pressures and many of us don’t take time to de-stress properly and protect ourselves from the damage that all the pressures in our daily lives can bring.

The practice of slowing one’s breathing and focusing on the here and now has some proven benefits to one’s personal health. Your mental state, physical condition, and emotional clarity can all benefit from the practice of meditation.

Studies show that meditation will allow you access a more focused mental state of being. In fact, some studies show that 20 minutes of meditation per day can bring about an increase in student’s performance on cognitive tests, reading comprehension, and an increase in their ability to manage stress-inducing deadlines.

All of which will result in getting better grades. Sounds like some improvements that most college students could use. There are other studies that found meditation to increase a person’s ability to pay attention and to form memories. Some researchers are recommending meditation as part of a treatment regimen and prevention for Alzheimer’s.

There are numerous physical ailments that can be helped with this ancient art. It is widely accepted that focusing on your breathing and shutting out external stimuli can prepare your body to handle pain- just ask any mom who had natural childbirth about those breathing exercises.

People who mediate produce less of the stress hormone Cortisol, so they experience a greater state of calm and mindfulness. It’s no surprise that a practice that reduces stress will also reduce the likelihood of stress-related illness. Meditation will lower your blood pressure and heart rate which correlate to lower incidents of heart attack and stroke. Even insomnia can be treated with some mindful meditation.

Of course, when your body feels better, you can sleep and you can think more clearly and emotional clarity and growth will follow. Meditation is a great tool to help one achieve that quest for self-actualization. You will find that you have a more positive mood, less depression, less anxiety, more compassion and more self-esteem. With these positive changes, you are more likely to seek out healthy relationships rather than withdraw into loneliness. The confidence and clarity that you find can help you make better decisions and might even help you discover your own interests, needs, and career path.

When you feel good, calm, and confident it creates a positive spiral in your life. Twenty minutes of meditation each day can improve your life in so many ways. It is cheaper than medication, more accessible than therapy and much more fun than battling the stressful, anxiety laced whirlwind of chaos that tries to push in on us each day. You can find many meditation guides online to help you learn how to begin your own practice of mindfulness.

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.

Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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Dear College Kids, Contact Your Legislators

Finding your political voice can seem daunting but it's important to realize that our legislators are just normal people who happen to work for us in government.


As we come to the end of another legislative session, it's important to reflect on all of the good that has happened but also the things that need work on. After entering college, my political voice and passion have only increased.

I definitely cared about politics in high school but after entering college and finding a group that helped me find a community gave me more courage to speak up about the things that I care about.

There is such power in a community. And that is something that I never realized that I was missing until I had it. I completely understand how daunting it can seem to start getting politically vocal.

Especially if you have unpopular or controversial opinions. As someone who grew up in an extremely conservative region, it took me a long time to feel comfortable and confident standing in my beliefs which largely align with the left. But the only thing that I can tell you is that your minor discomfort and fear is so worth it.

I remember being nervous to display that first planned parenthood pin, not to mention that first nerve-wracking call to a legislator. But I can tell you from first-hand experience that it is not nearly as scary as it appears. It is easy to see our legislators as people standing on pedestals that are so far detached from our reality.

But the reality is that our legislators are normal people. They are mothers, fathers, carpenters, activists, and from a million other walks of life. And it truly helps to change your perspective when you contact your representatives. It helps you to feel more comfortable around them and it helps to prove that our legislators are everyday people.

They are everyday people with power only granted to them by us. Our legislators work directly for their constituents. And so even if your legislators have polar opposite opinions to yours, it is still imperative that we voice our opinions.

How are our legislators supposed to know that their constituents care about reproductive healthcare, comprehensive sex education, LGBTQ+ protections, and so many other issues that directly affect our daily lives?

I cannot stress enough just how important these seemingly small steps of action are. Call your legislator. Email them about an issue you care about. If you have the chance, attend a lobby day about an issue that you feel passionately about.

In our society, it's easy to view people in power as distant and out of reach but we cannot forget that the United States was founded on the rule of the people by the people. So people, call your legislators.

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