While many people write or talk about what you can gain from meditation, not so many write about what you stand to lose. I know that I have lost more things than I can recall through meditation and all of it has made my life happier, healthier, and more enjoyable.
Unfortunately, we often look to meditation to be the cure for any number of life woes. In many cases, the way our life looks comes back to the choices we make and the actions we take, and until we start to make better choices – that probably won’t change.
That doesn’t mean though that there’s no point in meditating if your life doesn’t look or feel the way you want it to. Just by showing up each day to meditate, even if it’s just for 5 or 10 minutes, is enough to start to enjoy letting go of things that you no longer need.
So how does this work? Here are 5 things you are eventually bound to lose from meditation.
1. You can lose anger.
While anger may be something that most of us accept as a part of our everyday lives, it can be quite destructive if we let it control us. Meditation helps you to step back from anger and give yourself some space to find a place of calm before you think, speak, or act. The more times you do this, the less power anger will have over you.
2. You can lose anxiety.
Unless you’re absolutely addicted to worry, then breaking free from anxiety will be a welcome relief. Meditation helps to train the mind to have a different relationship to anxiety so that you worry less, and relax more.
3. You can lose depression.
Depression has long been on the rise in many parts of the world so it’s no wonder that for most people who suffer from it, it would make them happy to see it go. Recent research has shown that mindfulness meditation helped control groups to get off their anti-depression medication and enjoy a better quality of life.
4. You can lose insecurity.
Whenever you are feeling insecure it has more to do with self-judgment than anything else. It also means that you are not in control of your mind and emotions. Meditation teaches you to be more allowing of your thoughts and feelings so that you don’t get so caught up in them. Then, the feelings of insecurity start to naturally fade away.
5. You can lose the fear of old age and death.