Benefits of Mindfulness

Are you ready to let go?

The title of this post relates to a personal story. It’s actually what led me to a regular meditation practice and, consequently, a lot more happiness, freedom & relaxation. I hope you can find two minutes to read it because it will help explain one of the biggest benefits (certainly that I’ve found) since practicing meditation and is the route to having ZERO worry in your life.

If you’ve looked round our site you’ve already heard to the story about Sally and I getting hurt and I don’t want to bore you with more of that.  This story is about an epiphany I had in hospital and I think it relates to all of us on some level.

You see, before then, I was very unhappy. I was spending every waking hour of my life bogged down trying to deal with a million different things and then spending all night worrying and fretting about things I still had to do or hadn’t managed to do properly. I’m sure we all do this to some extent.

The epiphany came when I realised that for the first time in my life, bandaged up and unable to move, I couldn’t actually do ANYTHING. I didn’t even have the energy to THINK about what had to be done let alone physically do it.

At first I was full of abject fear. What will happen to my poor mum now I can’t look after her? She’d surely be taken into care. My business? That would almost certainly go bankrupt now that I couldn’t drive sales. My son? My mum’s house? Our house?

The list went on and on and I was sick to my stomach thinking that everything in my life would fall apart now that I wasn’t able to control it.

Well, it didn’t.

And after a few weeks I realised that everything was being taken care of in the most bizarre and wonderful ways WITHOUT my input. Friends, relatives and unforeseen changes of circumstance meant that everything was absolutely fine (if not better) without me trying to control everything.

I’d heard it said that we often get in the way of our own success by over-thinking things and trying too hard to control life and my new experience backed this up.

The problem, of course, is that it’s very difficult to let go of the controls in life. And that’s where meditation comes in.

Sally and I have spent the last two or three years trying to find ways to make ‘letting go’ easier and meditation & mindfulness has by far been the most effective for us.

It still amazes me that problems, stress, anxiety and ALL the negativity and worry we face every day can actually be ‘let go’ very simply and very quickly with the realisations that meditation brings.

It is like lifting a veil on the world as we know it and seeing that none of the negativity actually has the power to bother us… unless we choose to hold on to it.

All the grief, suffering, worry and anger that comes into our life can only bother us for as long as we choose to associate with it. And this is why we have changed our careers to teach meditation.

This is also why we give a 100% money-back guarantee on the course fee.

Because we know that if you do the exercise for just 30 minutes a day you really can be free from all those things that are currently causing you pain. Forever.
Does it mean your life will suddenly be transformed into a problem-free Utopia?

No, of course not. Life will still throw up everything it does right now and you will still experience periods of difficulty. But the difference is that you’ll be far better equipped to deal with those difficulties once you learn how to quickly let them go.

If you’re interested in learning meditation & mindfulness for yourself our Early Bird discount is open for the next FIVE days only (unless all the places go before then).

Here’s the link: http://www.theliferaft.org/live-meditation-classes/

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The author: Rob Plevin

Rob Plevin discovered mindfulness as a means of overcoming Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following a near-fatal knife attack in 2010. He trained with a Zen Master and became a meditation teacher in 2013 after noticing that mindfulness had completely changed every area of his life for the better. He teaches mindfulness online at www.theliferaft.org and with his partner Sally from their home in the English Lake District