There is perhaps not a single person who does not complain about their busy schedule ever. I am guilty of doing that several times a day, and my best friend, Lena, always happens to be my shock absorber.
I did not know how Lena would react to my complaints at first. We practically grew up in the same neighborhood, so I was aware of how temperamental she could be. But as the years went on, my best friend became calmer than ever, as if nothing could faze her.
When I asked Lena how it was possible, she said, “It’s all thanks to meditation.” I almost laughed at that answer since we used to joke about individuals who did it. (Those were not our finest hours, I know.) But then I saw how serious she was and decided to try it during the quarantine.
Below are my findings so far.
It Helps You Stay Away From Social Media Effectively
A lot of people thank God for the creation of YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok. They say that they may have gone crazy during the quarantine without them. However, they probably forget that social media channels are full of depressing content and fake news, which can make them hate staying at home more.
You can avoid becoming one of those people by meditating. Doing so requires a level of stillness that you cannot get if you keep on checking your phone for notifications. Thus, to have a successful session, you have no choice but to step away from social media.
The Quietude Drowns All The Internal Noise
Whether you get coronavirus updates from your smartphone or TV, there is no way for them not to affect you. Imagine, the news anchors talk about the new deaths and positive cases every single day. At the time of writing this blog, some countries have even experienced a second wave of COVID-19 cases. It is not shocking if you worry about catching the virus in no time, given other people’s lack of discipline.
The only thing that may silence the internal noise that you are dealing with is meditation. After all, you cannot think of anything while doing it. You merely have to listen to your heartbeat and find your center until your thoughts blend in the background. Once you come out of the meditative state, the quietude can govern your system.
You Won’t Feel Too Bored
You may have seen some articles about individuals who have started baking, writing, gardening, or doing random things during the quarantine. Some of them have always wanted to try that and are happy for the free time that the stay-at-home order has given them. But others feel too bored with streaming shows and movies, so they work on other activities.
In all honesty, boredom tends to be a foreign word for people who meditate. You can remain in one position for hours without feeling the need to tap your fingers or hum or turn on the TV. Days can pass by, and you may never get tired of meditating.
How I look at meditation now is much different from how I used to see it. In the past, I assumed that it was a fad that socialites and hippies alike popularized. However, my eyes have since been opened to the fact that this ancient practice should be honored and passed to new generations.
Even when the quarantine ends, I will not stop meditating. Maybe I won’t be able to do it as much as I want to daily, but I can feel contented if I get to sit down and meditate every night.
(If you want to learn more things about meditating and self-soothing, you can check out BetterHelp. BetterHelp is a great venue to ease your burdens away. Mental health specialists are all ready to help those in need.)