I recently started a morning meditation ritual. And I wonder, is it possible to meditate yourself into a better person?
After a few weeks of meditating, I think you can.
At the beginning of your practice, you can focus on what you want to improve. Have something in mind when you start. What do you want to accomplish?
As a meditation newbie, I find sitting in one spot and letting my thoughts flow through my mind to be rather trying. As with everything, meditation will become easier the more I do it. There is never a perfect meditation, and understanding that before you start will help you let go of trying to be perfect.
Since I have limited focus, I found a 21-day, 10-minutes-per-day practice on Audible. The woman’s voice is soothing and the guided meditations cover many different topics that anyone may want to use to begin.
You can set your intention for the same thing each day or mix it up, depending on what you feel you especially need that day.
Some items that you may want to focus on:
At this point in my life, the 10-minute guided meditations are the perfect amount of time for me to focus on improving myself by focusing on something bigger, and outside of myself. Will I look for longer meditations later on? Absolutely.
While meditating won’t make you into an instant-saint, I find that it does help me get more accomplished during the day, and I am less on edge. Meditation seems to give me the skills to slow down my sometimes powerful desire to react instantly (and sometimes negatively) to what is happening around me. It’s easier to let go of the need to be visible all of the time and find power in listening to what is happening around me instead of being in the thick of everything.
Burnout is a big thing for us all, but it doesn’t have to be. The biggest thing I’ve gained from meditation is that the goal of life isn’t to be the busiest person in the room. The goal is to be the happiest.
Can meditation make you a better person? I truly think so, but as with everything, you have to be receptive to the change in yourself. There is no true progress without putting in some work.