How is this possible? Meditation is a very intentional “redirection” of your brain’s primary objectives. In order to survive, we have to think fast and stay on our toes. This fires off the parietal lobe, the instinctual part of our brain that processes and relies on visual and sensory information. It is our base processing center.
This has had untold benefits in my life. I started my career as a bartender in a dive bar in Chicago, with a boss who loved tearing down his workers. I drank daily to deal with the stress and to bond with my regulars. Soon, I developed insomnia. Sleep eluded me for half of the summer and I was lucky to catch an hour of rest a night. No sleeping pill worked. My job did not provide insurance so seeing a doctor was not an option. My saving grace was meditation, thanks to a friend who told me it gave her more self-discipline and a feeling of greater emotional connectivity. I dove into the practice, and am thankful to this day for doing so.
Meditation has been the foundation upon which I have built a new, happy, balanced and healthy life. I haven’t had insomnia for two years, due to how it has rewired my mind. It is more than a spiritual journey; it is brain medicine.
Try it yourself. Set a timer for 10 minutes, sit down in a quiet, undisturbed space, close your eyes and focus on your breath. Tune in to the rise and fall of your lungs. If your brain wanders, calmly redirect it to your breath. Soon, this will be a 10-minute respite from your hectic lifestyle. You will begin to notice that what once caused you stress now barely registers on your radar. Give it time, however, as results do not happen overnight. Be patient, diligent, and you will not regret the investment.
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