Top 10 reasons you should meditate!

In the East people have been meditating for thousands of years as a way to become happier and experience increased health. In the West we took a lot longer to catch on about meditation. But, now we understand meditation, damn are we researching it like mad! Here, are 10 amazing benefits of this ancient practice.

–          Meditation is relaxing

–          Meditation reduces stress

–          Meditation makes you think faster

–          Meditation helps you sleep better

–          Meditation makes you more creative

–          Meditation helps depression

–          Meditation improves your general wellbeing

–          Meditation supports weight loss

–          Meditation improves anxiety

–          Meditation fights disease
, including reducing your risk of heart disease

Arianna Huffington is an author, Pulitzer Prize winner and the creator of The Huffington Post. She graces lists such as Time magazine’s Most Influential People In The World and Forbes Most Powerful Women. She is also on a mission to inspire more people to meditate.

“There is more and more scientific evidence about the impact of mindfulness and meditation in our lives,” says Arianna. “The list of all the conditions that these practices impact for the better—depression, anxiety, heart disease, memory, aging, creativity—sounds like a label on snake oil from the 19th century! Except this cure-all is real, and there are no toxic side effects.”

Scientists and an ever-growing list of seriously successful people like Arianna and Oprah are now all espousing the benefits of meditation. So perhaps the takeaway message from this article shouldn’t be giving you 10 reasons why you should practice meditation. But, rather, challenging you to think of 10 good reasons not to?

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Jacqui Lewis
Jacqui Lewis is a Vedic meditation teacher, wellness expert and the co-founder of The Broad Place. Embracing the attitude that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, Jacqui wears many hats. Since graduating as an interior architect in her early 20s, Jacqui has gone on to become a graphic designer, creative strategist, and is now an expert Vedic Meditation teacher. Jacqui experienced huge amounts of stress through her 20s. It was a decade characterised by incredible accomplishments, coupled with severe exhaustion and periods of intense anxiety. Following this period, Jacqui realised that Vedic Meditation was the one thing which had helped her to stay on top of it all. After a series of incredibly high-pressured projects that kept burning her out, Jacqui committed to understanding everything she could about meditation and its benefits, having witnessed the results of the practice so profoundly first-hand. With so many misunderstandings still surrounding meditation (think common questions such as “do I have to be vegan and wear hessian to meditate?”) Jacqui also decided to prove that meditation and a love of style can co-exist. She studied extensively for years with Vedic expert Thom Knoles. Then underwent a gruelling year long study program with Tim Brown in Sydney and finally graduated as a qualified teacher of Vedic Meditation, in Rishikesh, India. Together with her husband and business partner Arran Russell, Jacqui launched The Broad Place in 2013. The Broad Place is a multi-faceted brand based around modern wellbeing. It is at The Broad Place that Jacqui teaches courses in Vedic Meditation, tutors private students in mediation and stress management, runs intensive retreats and writes about all things wellness-related for the Journal on The Broad Place website.