Ask someone why they don’t practice meditation, and you’re likely to hear a lengthy list of reasons. “I can’t stop thinking. It’s boring. There’s not enough time. I don’t understand it. It just doesn’t work for me!”
You can probably relate to some — or all — of these excuses.
You know meditation can help, but trying it has left you frustrated beyond belief. Your mind is obsessed with to-do lists, and won’t stop racing.
Where’s that place of calm and relaxation that meditation techniques are supposed to offer?
Having Trouble Finding Peace is a Common Problem
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health notes that nearly 18 million adults practice meditation.1 That’s not very many when you consider that there are 318 million people in the United States; meditators are only 0.05% of the population.
Given the world’s population of more than seven billion, there are A LOT of stressed people out there — people who are overwhelmed by today’s hectic world and looking to embrace a healthier lifestyle, physically, mentally, and emotionally. If that’s you, you’re not alone.
Why is Finding Inner Peace so Hard?
In this digital age, people are glued to screens for most of the day – the computer at work, the TV at home and a phone or tablet while on the go. Today’s culture makes it very difficult to “unplug.”
When people talk about connecting, they’re usually referring to Instagram or LinkedIn — not to a meditative space of inner peace. With a constant stream of distractions pouring in from emails, texts, and social media, it’s difficult to slow down.
What Can Daily Meditation Do?
For those who do practice meditation, the results are remarkable. It helps them stay healthy — and save money in medical bills. In a study of insurance statistics, meditators had more than 50% fewer doctor visits than non-meditators.2
It also helps with clarity of mind, focus, and memory. Brain scans of meditators show increased thickness in regions of the cortex associated with higher functions like memory and decision making.3 And did you know that the ability to focus your attention and concentrate has been shown to be more important to academic success than IQ?4
Daily meditation also appears to slow aging. According to one study, people who had been meditating for five years or more looked 12 years younger than their chronological age.5 And who wouldn’t want that?! (For more info on the benefits of meditating, check out this infographic!)
Finding Peace with the SOS Meditation Techniques
The good news is, despite the seeming difficulty of meditation, the SOS MethodTM is an entirely different technique — one that’s easy and enjoyable. It solves the biggest complaint about meditation techniques because it’s effective even if your mind isn’t still.
The SOS Method activates mindful awareness and inner peace — achievements previously only thought possible for monks. In a recent study, a whopping 96.5% of people found calm, relaxation and inner peace from SOS in just minutes.
Where meditation may have failed you in your quest for inner calm — the SOS Method can help make it happen in five minutes a day.
1. National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health. (2015). National Survey Reveals Widespread Use of Mind and Body Practices, Shifts in Use of Natural Products. Retrieved from: https://nccih.nih.gov/research/results/spotlight/0021015
2. Murphy, M. and Donovan, S. (1997). The Physical and Psychological Effects of Meditation. Institute of Noetic Sciences.
3. Roth, B. and Creaser, T. (1997). Nurse Practitioner. Meditation-based stress reduction: experience with a bilingual inner-city program. p 150-2, 154, 157.
4. Karlin, Marlise. (2015). The Simplicity of Stillness Method: 3 Steps to Rewire the Brain and Access Your Highest Potential. Watkins. p 103.