Ways to tell if you’re benefiting from meditation

When you begin meditating, you might notice results easily. Perhaps you’ll be less anxious and more laid-back. After a while though, you may not recognize changes that signal meditation is doing you good. They are there, nonetheless, but on a subtler level, seeping into your habits, relationships and other aspects of your life.

You’re calmer
Often, experienced meditators have a calm air about them, they seem to ooze tranquility. This doesn’t occur in a dramatic way though, it’s a gentle, soft influence, which is notably consistent. If you are calm regularly, meditation is helping to make you balanced and emotionally stable, so you don’t overreact.
You’re mindful instead of mindless

While you don’t have to meditate to be mindful, mindfulness and meditation go hand-in-hand. There are many decisions people make in life, from what to eat, to where to buy their clothes. Much of the time, they are fairly mindless about making selections, only considering their basic needs. One of the benefits of meditation can be that you think deeply about decision making. You might source your food and clothes more ethically, or think about how your choices influence people and the planet in different ways you didn’t consider before.

You pause instead of biting
Some people meditate every day for years without developing a pause button. However, if you no longer bite when someone pushes your stress button, your practice is working. Getting to the stage where you calmly respond deliberately to charged situations, instead of reacting via a fight or flight response, shows you are benefiting. The shift in your mental processing is likely to have come from working on yourself, noting your thoughts and gaining greater self-awareness. Eventually, if you keep meditating, your stress button is likely to shrink until it fades.

You feel more connected to life
Do you stop to breathe in the beauty of your surroundings? Or look at nature in detail? Perhaps you feel greater empathy for other people, animals, or the planet. These changes occur because you’ve expanded your awareness and vision to include more of life. When people are stressed, they have narrow inner vision. However, meditation reduces anxiety, leaving them able to spread their awareness and explore their connection to life.

You have a sense everything’s as it should be
You’re not afraid of change, and, sometimes, when circumstances don’t go to plan, you feel remarkably fine with what’s happening. Instead of resisting or getting upset, you understand life has its own plan, which doesn’t always match your initial ideas about what should happen. When circumstances move in a different direction to those you thought you wanted, you are curious rather than irritated. This inner wisdom is a great advantage because you trigger your amygdala less, which means you have less stress chemicals running around your body.

No doubt, you are benefiting from meditation, even if the results aren’t highly visible. The subtle changes taking place make your life easier, since you are calmer, more flexible, more understanding, and don’t feel isolated because you know you are connected to life.

About bridget

bridget webber

Bridget Webber’s background rests in mental health, counselling, hypnotherapy, NLP and art. She brings knowledge from her experiences into her writing and specializes in emotional wellness and the creation of, rather than search for, joy. You can catch up with her insights and musings on Twitter.

Twitter: @InsightManager

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  1. Jessica Cross

    I think having a sense that everything is as it should be is a really important benefit of meditation for me. I believe it is the main reason meditation has changed my stress and anxiety levels long term.

Ways to tell if you’re benefiting from meditation

When you begin meditating, you might notice results easily. Perhaps you’ll be less anxious and more laid-back. After a while though, you may not recognize changes that signal meditation is doing you good. They are there, nonetheless, but on a subtler level, seeping into your habits, relationships and other aspects of your life.

You’re calmer

Often, experienced meditators have a calm air about them, they seem to ooze tranquility. This doesn’t occur in a dramatic way though, it’s a gentle, soft influence, which is notably consistent. If you are calm regularly, meditation is helping to make you balanced and emotionally stable, so you don’t overreact.

You’re mindful instead of mindless

While you don’t have to meditate to be mindful, mindfulness and meditation go hand-in-hand. There are many decisions people make in life, from what to eat, to where to buy their clothes. Much of the time, they are fairly mindless about making selections, only considering their basic needs. One of the benefits of meditation can be that you think deeply about decision making. You might source your food and clothes more ethically, or think about how your choices influence people and the planet in different ways you didn’t consider before.

You pause instead of biting

Some people meditate every day for years without developing a pause button. However, if you no longer bite when someone pushes your stress button, your practice is working. Getting to the stage where you calmly respond deliberately to charged situations, instead of reacting via a fight or flight response, shows you are benefiting. The shift in your mental processing is likely to have come from working on yourself, noting your thoughts and gaining greater self-awareness. Eventually, if you keep meditating, your stress button is likely to shrink until it fades.

You feel more connected to life

Do you stop to breathe in the beauty of your surroundings? Or look at nature in detail? Perhaps you feel greater empathy for other people, animals, or the planet. These changes occur because you’ve expanded your awareness and vision to include more of life. When people are stressed, they have narrow inner vision. However, meditation reduces anxiety, leaving them able to spread their awareness and explore their connection to life.

You have a sense everything is as it should be

You’re not afraid of change, and, sometimes, when circumstances don’t go to plan, you feel remarkably fine with what’s happening. Instead of resisting or getting upset, you understand life has its own plan, which doesn’t always match your initial ideas about what should happen. When circumstances move in a different direction to those you thought you waned, you are curious rather than irritated. This inner wisdom is a great advantage because you trigger your amygdala less, which means you have less stress chemicals running around your body.

No doubt, you are benefiting from meditation, even if the results aren’t highly visible. The subtle changes taking place make your life easier, since you are calmer, more flexible, more understanding, and don’t feel isolated because you know you are connected to life.

About bridget

bridget webber

Bridget Webber’s background rests in mental health, counselling, hypnotherapy, NLP and art. She brings knowledge from her experiences into her writing and specializes in emotional wellness and the creation of, rather than search for, joy. You can catch up with her insights and musings on Twitter.

Twitter: @InsightManager

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