13 Reasons to Start Meditating Now

There’s no getting away from it — 2017 was an even worse than the year everyone loved to hate, 2016. In order to cope with the stress that this past year brought on, many people are turning to meditation.

Meditation is a great habit to pick up. Even if you do it for a few minutes a day, you’ll soon start seeing tangible benefits in your everyday life. If you’re looking for a good reason to start meditating right now, we’ve laid out a few benefits that it can bring to your life, as well as a few suggestions on how to start today.

1. It helps you be more mindful

Meditation is simply the practice of turning your mind to one single point of reference rather than what happens in our day-to-day lives, where our attention is pulled in a thousand different directions.

By focusing your attention on a single point — such as your breath, a mantra, or on the sensations of your body — you tune out the distractions of the outside world. This focus manifests itself in our lives as mindfulness, the ability to focus on the present moment, rather than being continually distracted by other thoughts, feelings, and emotions.

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