Welcome to the new Self-Care Sunday series. Every Sunday, I’ll be sharing a tidbit of Nerdy wisdom you can use to start cultivating a self-care routine that is incredibly and uniquely yours.
For the last few Sundays in July, we’re going to be focusing on ways to cultivate awareness, and what better way to do that via meditation? Meditation is a great way to begin your self-care practice–it can open up so many doors to who you are and how you perceive the world around you.
With that, I give you 10 Reasons to Start Meditating!
1. Understanding Your Body
Many people walk around with this sense of not being physically aware of their bodies. Meditation helps you to cultivate more awareness in your body: when you’re nervous, do you find that you don’t take in as much air? Do you walk around life with tense shoulders? What parts of your body are you sending too much energy to and how can you balance it out? Meditation can help.
2. Control Your Emotions
We all have our moments where we feel like we’re on an emotional roller coaster. One minute we feel great, the following like a nebulous blob being sucked into a black hole. Meditation helps you to get out of your head feel comfortable with being in the present.
3. Become Clearer with Your Feelings and Needs
Once you’ve got a handle on controlling your emotions, you can begin to express your feelings and needs more clearly–to yourself, to your loved ones, to anyone. Not many people are able to do this in our society, so having this skill is truly a nerdy gift.
4. Things Don’t Get to You
Since meditation focuses on the present and letting go, you eventually get to a point where you just don’t give a shit about what people think. You mind begins to resemble running water–fresh ideas coming in, stale ideas going out–so you simply don’t have time or energy to linger on frivolous shit!
5. Feel Happier
Letting go of the fear of being judged and the self-deprecating act of judging others brings you to a place of so much happiness and peace.
6. More Confidence
Meditation affirms that you’re a magnificent being in a human vessel with the ability to do anything you so desire. You’ll start to notice a quiet confidence in everything you do.
7. More Tolerance
People are people. And they’re trying to do anything in this world to survive–and so are you. As your meditation practice becomes more regular, you’ll become more open-minded and accepting.
8. Greater Insight
Having trouble getting past any of the levels in Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels? Meditation can provide insight to some of life’s most trying problems. (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten creative inspiration or released a mental block within after a meditation session).
9. Develop a Routine
Humans love stability! And 10 minutes of meditating a day is a great way to encourage yourself to create a positive, new habit.
10. Do it Anywhere
Meditation can be done anywhere! ‘Nuff said.
Sending lots of nerdy love,