Think about it, you clean your body every day, but do you take the time to clean up your cluttered mind? In the last 10 years, hundreds of studies have been released showing the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. There are so many reasons to begin a meditation practice, but if you’re one of those people that needs to be surrounded in serenity to make it happen, we know the perfect place right here in North County.
The Meditation Gardens at The Self-Realization Fellowship Center in Encinitas is one of the most beautiful places to visit, especially to meditate in. The lush gardens overlooking Swami’s beach have a series of koi ponds, waterfalls, and several spots with seating to take in the vastness of the ocean, as well as benches in more secluded areas.
Entrance to the gardens is free, although donations are always accepted. Because this is a place of tranquility, make sure to use your quietest whisper when talking. But, you don’t have to worry about talking. You’ll be meditating. Why?
We have seven really good reasons:
1. Meditation Boosts Your Health
Science has proven that meditating increases immune function, as well as decreasing inflammation (the root of so many of our illnesses) at the cellular level.
2. Meditation Boosts Your Happiness
Meditating, especially in the beautiful surroundings of the Meditation Gardens, increases positive emotions, decreases depression and anxiety, and lowers stress levels.
3. Meditation Boosts Your Social Life
Think meditation is a solitary activity? It may be (unless you meditate in a group which many do. But even if you do meditate on your own, it actually increases your sense of connection to others. And that quiet time has been shown to Increases a person’s social connection and emotional intelligence, making you more compassionate. That awareness leads to making a person feel less lonely.
4. Meditation Boosts Your Self-Control
Ever had one of those days when the tiniest thing sends you into a tirade? You’re not a horrible person. You just haven’t had a moment to quiet your mind? Meditation improves your ability to regulate your emotions and improves your ability to introspect. You know… looking inward into that crazy busy mind of yours.
5. Meditation Improves Your Productivity
Yes, it’s true… doing nothing helps you do everything. That introspective quiet time actually increases your focus and attention in all areas of your life. It improves your ability to multitask, improves your memory, and even improves your ability to be creative and think outside the box. You never know what genius idea will come to you after a morning of meditating at the gardens.
6. Meditation Makes You Wiser
We know you’re probably pretty smart. But are you wise? Meditating gives you perspective and helps you separate the things you know from the thoughts rattling through your mind; your should-would-could list that keeps popping up in your day keeping your from truly knowing what the best direction is. When you take the time to meditate, you begin to understand that you don’t have to worry about the constant chatter in your mind. Meditation clears out the cobwebs in your head and helps you get in touch with your higher, wiser self.
Do you visit The Meditation Gardens? What’s your favorite North County spot to quiet your mind?