Why meditate? There are four reasons why HSP’s should meditate. Many people have adopted the practice of meditation for many reasons as there are many different types of meditation. Chances are that most people adopt the practice for a short term gain like stress relief. However, there are many long-term benefits that make a meditation practice worth the commitment.
For highly sensitive people for whom a stress relief program is mandatory, here are four reasons why HSP’s should meditate:
- Meditation is a form of release. Transcendental Meditation, my practice for the better part of two decades, uses a mantra to create a mechanism that enables the meditator to disengage from thoughts. When we detach from thoughts we open to the larger universe and become more open to multiple perspectives and the welcoming space of the universe. Because HSP’s suffer from so much stress, the ability to achieve that kind of release from stressful thoughts is an important benefit and facilitates a relaxed, naturally holistic perspective more easily.
- Meditation can help us get out of a rut. When we get stuck, and that can be often, meditation helps us release the cause of our rut, which is often a limited perspective. Since life is very day-to-day, the capacity for perspective which meditation helps us achieve can create the internal space for new options. When we cannot let go, we have essentially closed our sense of options. When we meditate we open ourselves to new options by letting go.
- Meditation, in helping us to let go of a limited personal perspective, frees us to evolve to a more communitarian relationship with the rest of the world. Admittedly, in Western societies which emphasize the “self”, that can be a challenging perspective. However, the more we see ourselves as “all in this together” the more we reduce fear and stress in the world creating a world that is good for everyone and easier for HSPs to live in.
- Meditation, when it helps us release, opens us up to our own creativity, making it easier to access our natural gifts that may be blocked by stress and unresolved issues. It enables HSPs to have an easier time being at their best, in spite of their sensitivities.