Meditation Is The New Caffeine, But Way Better For You
Andrew Parker - August 24, 2021

Scatter Seeds Of Kindness



If you have a friend worth loving
Love him. Yes, and let him know
That you love him, ere life's evening
Tinge his brow with sunset glow
Why should good words ne'er be said
Of a friend till he is dead?

If you hear a song that thrills you
Sung by any child of song
Praise it. Do not let the singer
Wait deserved praises long
Why should one who thrills your heart
Lack the joy you may impart?

If you hear a prayer that moves you
By its humble, pleading tone
Join it. Do not let the seeker
Bow before his God alone
Why should not thy brother share
The strength of ‘two or three' in prayer?

If your work is made more easy
By a friendly, helping hand
Say so. Speak out brave and truly
Ere the darkness veil the land
Should a brother workman dear
Falter for a word of cheer?

Scatter thus your seeds of kindness
All enriching as you go
Leave them. Trust the Harvest-Giver
He will make each seed to grow
So, until the happy end
Your life shall never lack a friend

We know, we know. You can’t possibly imagine giving up your morning cup of coffee, or midday coffee, or brunch with a friend coffee. But hear us out for a minute. New studies are coming out boasting about the benefits of meditation that increase our energy and boost our mood. We’ve all heard of meditation, but many of us don’t practice it, or may not even be sure how to actually do it in the first place. With our hectic lives, we often forget to slow down, take a minute, and breathe. If meditation could make our lives a bit better, and even help us reduce our caffeine intake, we had to find out all the details!

 

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Our minds are constantly bombarded with thoughts, different tasks we need to do, and other everyday stressors. Meditation is gaining popularity to help calm our minds and busy lives so we aren’t always thinking about the next thing that needs to get done. It helps to ground us, calm our minds, and lower our stress levels. More than that, it activates a section of the brain that makes better choices and helps to remove negative thoughts we may have. A Harvard Medical Researcher, Dr. John W. Denninger “meditation trains the brain to achieve sustained focus, and to return to that focus when negative thinking, emotions, and physical sensations intrude — which happens a lot when you feel stressed and anxious.”

 

We all aim to be happy and fulfilled in life, and meditation can help us get there. There are so many perks of meditation, it would be a waste not to just try it, right? So if you want to reduce your stress, get a better night’s sleep, feel less anxious, and increase your focus, take a moment and sit in silence and just breathe. When we think of our health, we usually think about training our bodies at the gym, but it’s important to train our minds as well. There’s really nothing you can lose, and only things you can gain.