An acorn will not grow into a mighty oak tree overnight. We all understand that there is a natural growth process that takes time.
By the same token, despite our fast-paced world where instant results are expected, we often expect our own natural process of change or growth to be fast-tracked. We forget about the importance of slow, steady and incremental change.
Unfortunately, this logic goes straight out the window when we have a thousand things on our to-do list and we need results fast.
At The Way of the Tortoise, we try to focus on taking tortoise steps and have seen the huge impact that tiny actions can have over a long period of time. A drop of water can seem insignificant. Yet we have all seen that enough of these "drops" with some force behind them can create a tsunami with catastrophic effects.
A powerful habit that can be hugely beneficial in helping us to stay in the moment, get perspective, and remain focussed on tortoise steps is meditation. I personally spend a lot of time extolling the benefits of meditation: for deep rest, improved focus, creating a moment of calm, thinking through challenges. It works for me in all the aspects listed above and I really notice the difference if for some reason I'm not able to find the time to do it.
I'm not alone, since the 1960s a growing number of people (millions) have tried, used and loved the benefits it brings. Not least (if celebrity endorsement is important to you) The Beatles, David Lynch, Jerry Seinfeld to name a few.
In scientific studies where Transcendental Meditation has been trialled as an alternative, non-invasive option for ex-military sufferers of PTSD, it was found in many cases to be as effective as antidepressants.
If like me, you are an evidence-based thinker (I admit I often get left behind when theories become a little ungrounded) then here are some science-based benefits to adopting a daily meditation practice:
- Reduces Stress. Stress reduction is one of the most common reasons people try meditation
- Controls Anxiety
- Improves Focus
- Promotes Emotional Health
- Enhances Self-Awareness
- Lengthens Attention Span
- May Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss
- May Help Fight Addictions
Meditation can mean different things to different people. From my perspective, it is a practical tool which works. I personally do not link it to any religious beliefs or spiritual connection. I simply feel happier, more focused, calmer, more productive when I practice it daily.
To sum up, it's a powerful habit, that if added to your daily routine can create wonderful health benefits and help you to be happier. No matter who we are or where we come from the need to be happy is universal. So what's stopping you?
Plus it's free. You're welcome.
Klaus White is a Trainer, Educator, proud Dad & co-founder of The Way of the Tortoise