Wellness Wednesday – Five Benefits of Meditation for Baby Boomers

Baby Boomer Couple Meditating

Meditation. It doesn’t have to be some hippy-like practice for which you travel to the high ground in India. In her article Five benefits of meditation for baby boomers, Marcia Smalley shares the benefits of “going within”:

“I started meditating two years ago. It’s safe to say this has changed my life.

At first I wanted to experience what all the fuss was about. If it was good enough for Oprah, then maybe there was something to it. But I was determined not to sit on a pillow in an awkward cross-legged position. I was 60, after all, and I wanted to be sure I could get up. Unassisted.

I also didn’t have a lot of time to devote to this.

Gratefully, neither a lot of time nor a pillow is required. I’ve discovered these benefits of even a few minutes of meditative silence.

Better Health

Since I began my practice, I’ve read the scientific evidence of its benefits. I knew from the beginning that meditation was beneficial. It just feels good. My heart rate slows. I release stress. I sleep better. I intuitively know that meditation is applying a salve to the inflammation that’s trying to ignite in me, physically and emotionally.

Love of the Present Moment

When in a meditative state, there’s only NOW.

At this time of life, when we’ve come to equate enjoyment with activities, to be able to drop into the joy of the present moment is truly sacred. There’s nothing sweeter than falling in love with the moment we’re given, the only one we have.

Increased Sensory Awareness

My meditation practice has shifted me into truly paying attention to everything around me. This has come as a surprise. At 60, you can get a little jaded. You can think you’ve seen it all, maybe done it all.

I notice things differently now. I have a greater appreciation of nature’s beauty, the intensity of color in our world, tantalizing aromas coming from the kitchen. Deeper gratitude for the outside world has been an unexpected gift.”

Discover more benefits of meditation for Baby Boomers.


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