12/04/2014 02:08 pm ET Updated Feb 03, 2015

5 Whys of Meditating Daily and Being More Mindful

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Ever wondered if it's worthwhile to start meditating and to be more mindful? Yes and here is why:
1. Experience less stress.
2. Be more self-aware.
3. Be more socially aware.
4. Become more creative.
5. Live in the moment.

Meditation is the art of silencing the mind. When the mind is silent, concentration is increased and we experience inner peace in the midst of worldly turmoil. This elusive inner peace is what attracts so many people to meditation and is a quality everyone can benefit from.

People who meditate are less stressed, healthier, they sleep better and they have a more positive outlook on life. Simply put, meditation makes you a happier person!

Meditation helps you be more self-aware and socially aware in your personal and professional life. Both of these are powerful tools for cultivating meaningful relationships, being creative and making better decisions. Meditating daily will strengthen your willpower muscle and will improve your ability to focus. You will be better prepared to work through stressful or unpredictable situations.

Meditation will help you to make wiser, more peaceful choices during everyday moments. This in turn leads to a life that contains more positive opportunities and fewer problems. Of all the reasons to meditate, this one is perhaps the least obvious, but it is also one of the most significant.

In addition to meditation, be more mindful. To be mindful is simply to be aware. Mindfulness keeps you in the NOW and moves you away from ruminating about the past or projecting into the future. Mindfulness makes you aware of what is going on around you so you are more attuned to new opportunities. Mindfulness makes you conscious of what is going on within you so you can maintain a healthy self-esteem and are less likely to self-sabotage or get in the way of your own success.

You can set two minute breaks throughout the day for meditating. You can practice a sitting or walking meditation -- whichever works better for you. Meditation is all about deep breathing and focusing on your breath. Most importantly, don't feel stressed about adding meditation to your daily routine. Mediation will make you a better person and it deserves being part of your day.
Meditation gives you clarity on your thoughts, your inner desires and increased self-awareness. The thoughts include those you actively engage in and those you are not conscious of but are always there. An average mind usually picks up only about a few out of thousands of thought strands that float through the mind in an hour. A meditated mind, on the other hand, picks up considerably more.

Meditation doesn't have to be limited to strictly defined practice sessions, you can also practice mindfulness throughout your daily life. If you are stressed, take a few seconds to focus solely on your breathing and empty your mind of any negative thoughts or emotions. While you eat, become aware of the food and of the sensations you experience as you eat. Become more aware of your body's movements and how you feel in the present moment. This is living mindfully.