Do people meditate to only be happy?

Do people meditate to only be happy?

Lately, we see lots of people on social media, blogs and websites telling us the powers of meditation.

We’re advised by successful people to meditate daily so we can be successful and happy. This seems to be advised by people that seem to be happier and more successful than us. So if they’re happy it must be a good thing. Right??!!

There are lots of successful people that use meditation to be more productive in life and work.

So clearly meditation must be for us too. 

Just meditate and your problems will disappear!

Hmmm well, not exactly!!

Well if our problems won’t disappear. What’s the point of meditating?

Is being happy the only reason why people meditate?

Or are there other reasons to meditate?

In this post, I’ll address if meditation is only done to be happy or to create success.

Do people meditate to be happy

Do people meditate to be happy only?

Now, I don’t want to disappoint you. But if you’re looking for instant happiness or for a successful career to happen after 10 minutes of meditation. Then, sorry, this isn’t going to happen.

But, if you’re looking for tools to help you to think clearer and relax. Then yes, meditation can most definitely help you. And in the long run, it can certainly help you to become a more rounded happier person.

So where does the success come in?

Meditation not only helps you become a much happier person, but it can help you to think much more clearly. Those haphazard decisions that make you do things on a whim, may become no more.

Meditation can allow you to think more clearly, helping you to live at a slower pace. If you’re a person who does things without a plan which often leads to things not working out. Your solution could be meditation which will help you to plan and think things through instead of working on a whim.

So I’m sure you can see why “successful” people, entrepreneurs and businesses love meditation so much and why they feel their meditation practice helps them to succeed, as meditation allows them to make clearer and more insightful decisions.

So why do people meditate

People meditate for numerous reasons, happiness and success being two of them. But many people use meditation:

For religious and spiritual reasons.

Prayer, mantras and sounds (such as hymns or silent mantras) are all forms of meditation. Meditating can be extremely powerful as a method to help people to connect with religious or spiritual beliefs.

To help the immune system.

Meditation can be helpful for people with a compromised immune system or autoimmune diseases.

Depression and anxiety conditions.

Meditation helps to calm a racing mind and can be beneficial in taming excessive negative thoughts. Making it an excellent tool for helping with anxiety and mental health issues.

Pain.

It can help people with pain management.

Can help with losing weight.

Meditation can help you to become more mindful of how you’re eating. Being a clearer and happier person can help you to stop solving your issues with food.

Can help with sleep issues.

Adopting a daily meditation habit in the evening or a couple of hours before bedtime can help with insomnia. This website shares a study of meditation for insomnia sufferers.

Helps with addictions

Meditation can help to curb addictions to smoking, drugs and alcohol. Addictions are used by many during times of unhappiness and stress.

Addictions only give us a false sense of happiness.

Replacing addiction-enhanced happiness with happiness formed by meditation can help. Studies show that meditation can train your brain to be in a “natural high state” without the need for addictive substances.

Stress related to ill-health.

I can vouch for this one. I use meditation to help control stress that comes with my health issues. I believe meditation has helped me to control not having relapses.

To live a healthier lifestyle.

Meditation can help us to want to become healthier.

Thinking clearly, being happier and being more relaxed can spur us to take on new things, eat more healthy and do more exercise.

This further rewards us with a healthier body.

It provides us with a healthy heart, blood pressure and lower weight.

Which can only benefit us for years to come. Studies have shown that regular meditation can lower the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes by 48%.

[1]https://www.sharecare.com/health/meditation/why-do-people-meditate[2]https://tmhome.com/benefits/why-meditate-meditation-reasons/

All in all, meditation makes you feel good. And that’s why people do it. So yes, meditation can make you feel happier and I’m sure you can now see the bigger picture of benefits.


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Choose the right type of meditation.

Meditation is done for so many reasons, and it’s not only to make us happy.

In fact, for some people, the opposite may happen and it may open up some unhappy thoughts and feelings. So it’s important to find the right types of meditation to not spark unhappy events and feelings.

During times of my life, I’ve found meditation whilst sitting or lying in stillness to be difficult, especially during times of ill health or during relapses.

So if like me you suffer from a hormonal or autoimmune disease that accompanies times of emotional ups and downs, or indeed any other mind/body condition. It’s wise to find a type of meditation that will boost and not lower your mood.

For me, I enjoy breath-led meditations that allow me to focus on the sound and feel of my breath instead of silence.

For me, it took a long time to feel the benefits of meditation. I don’t look at meditation as purely sitting in stillness. I view my yoga practice which includes soft and deep breathing as a form of moving meditation. This works for me.

So you must find a meditation practice that suits you.

Give it a go.

As said earlier you can’t try meditation once for ten minutes and expect to feel instant results.

You have to be open to trying it and commit to doing it consistently to feel the benefits. There’s no quick fix with meditation. You have to put in the work I’m afraid.

For some people, results may be seen in a matter of days. And if you’re like me, it may take some months to feel the effects. And some years of reflection to truly understand how meditation can change your life.

Meditation could be for you too. Would calming your mind and relaxing your body help you to become more productive in life? Do you need help with sleep problems? Or would it help you with managing ill-health a little better?

Whatever your reason could be. I hope you can see how meditation can benefit you in many ways and that you too could benefit from meditation. Hopefully, you now realise the true benefits of meditation and that it’s not purely to make you happy. It’s so much more.

Do people meditate to be happy

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Hello, I’m Cheryl.  I’m a Yoga Teacher and Nutritional Therapist and I provide information to help people who suffer from auto-immune, hormonal, thyroid and joint-related conditions.

 

 


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References

References
1https://www.sharecare.com/health/meditation/why-do-people-meditate
2https://tmhome.com/benefits/why-meditate-meditation-reasons/