Meditating on a regular basis is a healthy addition to any lifestyle routine as it has been proven to make very profound changes on one’s well-being. These include gaining inner peace and calmness, equanimity, and a deeper sense of purpose. While these are extremely positive signs of progress brought forth by meditating, it isn’t always easy to tell if the practice is beneficial and effective for you. Good thing Karan of Karan Bajaj shared with us six tangible signs that prove meditation is working in your favor.
Meditation stills the fluctuating thought waves. As a result, the mind is less scattered and distracted and switches off quickly. Dreams—which are an offshoot of a restless, active mind—also reduce. You sleep deeper and longer. During times when sleep is interrupted, expect to fall back sleep immediately as if completely uninterrupted.
Music tastes change
With thoughts becoming less agitated, violent, agitating music feels more jarring. You’ll find yourself gravitating towards music with soft, calming tunes or songs with lyrics that have positive connotations. The same goes for movies and other forms of media you consume.
Beautiful sights lose their pull
As one gets more and more joy in just sitting still and focusing within, the frenzied urge to see more and do more quietens. The next time you go on a business trip to Paris, you won’t feel the urge to rush and see every cathedral, every museum in the guidebook. Strolling quietly through the streets, meditating in a church or even in a hotel room feel more pleasant than climbing up a hill to see yet another architectural wonder.
You may notice it in subtle but tangible ways. For instance, you may find yourself being able to better focus on tasks at work. You give friends and colleagues your undivided attention because your mind is no longer cluttered with restless thoughts. Needless to say, being more present changes your life in wonderful ways. The quality of one’s work improves, relationships deepen and more positive coincidences occur.
Worldly talk feels more hollow
Talk of houses being bought, goods being sold, the usual “did you try X or Y restaurant?”, “are you following Oscar Pistorius’s trial?” and the like feels gratingly superficial. Meditation stirs something deep within, giving a glimpse of an infinite truth. The finite, repetitive concerns of the world feel increasingly shallow. It’s all for the good though. One spends time more thoughtfully as a result.
You become more “holistic”
Not quite a tree-hugging hippie yet but suddenly, you can understand what the fuss over recycling, sustainability, and vegetarian food was all about. And if that wasn’t enough, terms like “consciousness” and “mind-body connection” enter your lexicon.
Hopefully, these six concrete signs are able to help you better assess your progress in meditation. For more positive reinforcement, why not adorn your home’s walls with Karma and Luck’s wall scrolls which can keep you inspired any day of the week. These scrolls contain meaningful quotes that you can easily look to for more motivation and remind us of the good things in life.