Pete Bartlett, founder of Meditate Now, reveals his top seven ways that meditation can make you happier on the International Day Of Happiness
Today, Monday 20th March, marks the United Nations International Day of Happiness (IDOH), which is orchestrated by Action for Happiness, a global movement taking action for a happier, more caring world, fronted by The Dalai Lama and supported by many like-minded partner organisations. IDOH comes hot on the heels of the launch of Meditate Now, a new websearch facility for meditation and mindfulness classes and events in the UK. Here, founder Pete Bartlett gives his top tips for getting happier through meditation.
Bombarded with advertising and overwhelmed by digital distractions, many of us feel we’re stuck on a materialistic treadmill. Unsatisfied in our constant quest for “more” and exhausted from high pressure jobs and high octane lives, meditation is a tool to help you calm your busy mind, release anxious thoughts and relax. As the saying goes, “you can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”.
The many benefits of meditation include energising the chakras, alleviating anxiety and low moods. Meditation is used to combat anxiety in schools, and by US marines to help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is a great go-to if your body is feeling out of balance.
Helps you feel grounded
By helping you step outside the habitual waves of mental agitation that come and go amid the emotional storms and challenges of modern life, meditation helps to anchor you in the present moment and feel more grounded and connected to yourself.
Brings more peace
Meditation can help create more peace, both within and outside yourself. Allowing more detachment from troublesome thoughts and emotions, you become less reactive and irritable. The more inner peace we have as individuals, the more peace we inspire in our communities.
By generating more inner peace and calm and reducing mental chatter, meditation helps you sleep much better, and could even encourage lucid dreaming and dream recall. You can also relax and let go of stress and tension more easily.
Boosts performance and productivity
Meditation has been scientifically proven to increase intelligence and enhance cognitive thinking. Like a “mind gym”, meditation improves our mental fitness; by clearing our minds of busy thoughts, our thinking becomes clearer and more focused, which in turn helps to improve concentration and memory.
Enjoy better relationships
By helping us become less reactive and irritable and more accepting of day-to-day problems life throws at us, we become more tolerant and our relationships can dramatically improve. Quality relationships are an essential ingredient for a happy life.
For more information about Meditate Now, visit meditatenow.com