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Meditation: 5 Ways It Can Change Your Outlook On Life

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Many people rush to work after a couple of hours of getting children breakfasted and off to school, a long commute and by the time they get to work, they are already filled with mental chatter.

Work is busy, then so is school pickup, the gym or just getting children home, working on endless school projects, making meals, cleaning up and listening to a lot of noise.

Our own mental chatter can be very negative, criticizing things we may have said and done, or not done. A lot of people joke that they’d have no friends if they really knew what was going on in their minds but it’s not always a joke.

Many people deal with a constant bombardment of people, traffic, noise, work and family.

Meditation ends all that. It’s quiet, alone time that can allow a person to be one with themselves. This way, a person can focus on their needs, or simply not think at all. Ending the mental chatter, for at least a little while, can bring great peace of mind.

Facing Addictions

A quiet mind, without input from others, can allow a person to be honest with themselves and face up to their personal behaviors, the study from the University of Pittsburgh reported.

Many of us eat too much, drink too much, smoke too much and exercise too little. Meditation is a mental exercise for us to take stock of how we live our lives.

One thing many addicts lack is self-awareness. Nor do they see (or perhaps care) that how they act can have terrible consequences on others.

Tommy Rosen, a Yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert, wrote an article for the Huffington Post espousing meditation for recovering addicts.

He said, “Of course, one can stay sober without yoga and meditation. It's just that if you want to lift yourself up out of the energy of addiction and break through to a new level of strength and awareness, one will have to adopt a practice that continues the detoxification process on a much deeper level.”

Addicts are not just addicted to their substance of choice. They are escape artists, doing whatever they can to escape from their past, their pain and their inability to cope.

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