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7 ½ Reasons Why Meditation Will Make You a Rock Star

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What? You thought meditation would turn you into a holy, mellow, groovy person? Well, it will.

photo: Toshimasa Ishibashi on flickr

But the gifts of meditation are vast and awesome. They never quit. And one of these gifts is the transformation of Regular You into Rock Star You.

Let’s be clear: To be a Rock Star, you don’t have to play an instrument. You don’t have to stand on stage and have rabid fans throw underpants at you – though you’re certainly welcome to do so!

To be a Rock Star, you simply need to be the most fabulous and fantastic version of yourself. That’s it. And if this is your goal, meditation can help you achieve it.

So buckle up, my friends, and let’s take a tour of your full potential.

Reason 1: Meditation Amplifies Your “Cool” Factor

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“Cool” people don’t let others define them. That’s what makes them cool.

You know the type. They orbit around their own axis. They don’t try to be anyone but themselves.

Meditation introduces you to your own internal landscape. Hello me, pleased to make your acquaintance!

Once you meet yourself in this way, you can’t help but orbit around your own axis. You can’t help but be the Rock Star you were born to be.

Reason 2: Meditation is Sexy

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Okay, “sexy” is probably not the first thing you think about when you hear the word “meditation,” but think again.

Say it with me: med-i-taaaaa-tion. Let it roll around your tongue. Say it slowly and languorously. Pout your lips.

That’s right, you’re getting it!

And it’s not just the word itself that’s sexy. It’s the activity.

Taking the time to meditate every day shows that you care about yourself. A lot. And I don’t care what anyone says, nothing’s sexier than someone who takes the time to nurture themselves.

Before you know it, others will want you to nurture them as well. If you know what I mean. And I think you do.

Why do you think Rock Stars have groupies? Start a regular meditation practice and you, too, will have groupies!

photo: Jenene Chesbrough on flickr

Whether you want them or not!

Reason 3: Meditators Are in Charge

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Becoming a meditator means you’re willing to take time every day to devote to your practice. It takes a certain kind of take-charge attitude to do this.

One that says, I don’t care about my chores or my worries or my fatigue. I’m going to meditate. It’s a priority and it’s happening. Now.

Like a Rock Star commanding the stage, you allow your practice to command your life. This commitment and fearlessness, in turn, transforms you into a person who’s grounded in an extra-ordinary perspective. A perspective that allows you to see the Divine in yourself and everyone around you.

Rock Stars’ command of the stage causes people to worship them like Gods. Meditators’ command of our own lives allows us to see that we’re all Gods.

Now, that’s perspective.

Reason 4: Meditation Is Inclusive

photo: longtrekhome on flickr

How many different kinds of Rock Stars are there?

Tons!

There are teenage boy-bands, aging Sixties icons, World Beat crews. Pop, Punk, Blues, Rap, Heavy Metal.

Name a genre, there’s a Rock Star on hand to blast it to its fullest potential.

In the same way, there are oodles of meditation practices just waiting for Rock Star meditators like you to dive on in and fearlessly explore their outer limits.

Mindfulness, Mantra work, Contemplation, Devotional practices, Tantra, Chanting, Dhikr, Kundalini, Zen, Prayer Beads, Mandalas, Walking Meditation. The list goes on and on.

Being a meditator means being a part of a diverse and world-wide crew. All devoted to tapping into the Divine Stream of Existence.

Talk about sexy!

(Oh wait, that’s Reason Number Two. But if you’re a meditator, you know that everything is connected to everything else. So you’re cool with that.)

Reason 5: Meditators Have Good Rhythm

photo: Alberto Cabello on flickr

Like a Rock Star drummer, meditation puts you in time with the beat of life.

You become more aware of your own internal rhythms, and in so doing, you have the capacity to sense the rhythms of those around you.

What does this look like?

You know when to speak. And when not to. You know when to reach out and offer help. And when not to.

Next thing you know, your entire life is one big jam fest. You’re groovin’ with the rhythms of the Infinite.

photo: Paul Mannix on flickr

And who doesn’t want that gig?

Reason 6: Meditators Are Expressive

photo: Rhys Asplundh on flickr

One of the most alluring things about Rock Stars is their ability to express themselves.

Not everyone can stand onstage in skin-tight, leopard-print tights and wail about a broken heart. Clearly, this is the beyond the realm of ordinary human expression.

But meditation can take you into this realm.

Once you’ve made the commitment to your practice and explored your inner depths, cultivated your sexy side and fine-tuned your Divine Rhythms, it’s only a matter of time before you’re sharing your deep, committed, sexy, finely-tuned self with the world!

Creativity and self-expression are a natural outgrowth of spiritual practice. The more you tap into the reality of the One Creative Source, the more this Source will express itself through you.

Naturally. Openly. Rock Starily.

Reason 7½: Buddha and Jesus and Mohammed Meditated and You Should Too

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This reason gets an extra half point because we’re talking about the Hall-of-Fame Rock Stars of the Spiritual World.

Buddha wasn’t twiddling his thumbs under the Boddhi Tree. Jesus wasn’t planning the menu of the Last Supper in the desert. And Mohammed wasn’t updating his Facebook status in the Cave of Hira.

They were meditating. They were taking the time to look within to find the Truth. The fact that they found It wasn’t a random, drive-by occurrence.

It was a natural outgrowth of their practice.

They were dedicated. They were inspired. And the more you meditate, the more you, too, will ascend to the spiritual heights of the Hall of Famers.

Plus you’ll be able to strut around in skin-tight leather pants like nobody’s business.

And who doesn’t want to do that?

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How has meditation helped you become the Rock Star you were born to be? Add you reasons to the list!

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20 Responses to 7 ½ Reasons Why Meditation Will Make You a Rock Star

  1. Wayne Haught January 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    As a musician I have to say that releasing my INNER ROCK STAR allowed me to somehow release my desire to be an OUTER ROCK STAR! The creative freedom flowing from that shift is still floating me to places I never dreamed of before. Plus I used to think the more I practiced the better my “sound,” but I couldn’t figure out why it never seemed to work that way. Until I started playing from a calmness that meditation provided . . . then all of a sudden the guitar felt different in my hands . . . the sound both louder and softer at the same time.

    • Z Egloff January 18, 2012 at 10:50 am #

      Hi Wayne,

      I love this. I’ve had the same experience with shifting my focus from “outer” to “inner” in my creative endeavors. Paradoxically, I often experience the very shifts I was trying to achieve by manipulating things in the “outer” world. I love the image of this shift for you, the way the sound of your guitar changed. When you’re an Inner Rock Star, you KNOW it. No one outside you needs to validate it. It’s just the truth.

      Rock on!

      XOZ

  2. Melissa January 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    OOH – Wayne – NICEly said!
    I was going to say – in recent years, I have come to a deep understanding that the rock star I had always dreamed of being – honestly – was not something or someone I wanted to be! This was incredibly freeing!

    Now I see – as a result of reading this – It turns out that the rock star that I am because of my spiritual practices (certainly not the last of which is meditation), is really who I want to be!

    Magical and lovely – thank you for the fun way to see it!

    • Z Egloff January 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

      It’s funny how many of us are chasing after images that aren’t appropriate for who we are. One of my favorite things about meditation is that it’s helped me to discover parts of myself I didn’t even know were there. And now that I’m aware of this inner aspect of myself, everything on the outside has changed as well.

      One of the reasons I paired “meditation” and “rock star” in this post is that I think a lot of people chase after Rock Star status, even spiritual Rock Star status, while avoiding meditation. Meditation seems too hard or takes too much discipline or whatever. And yet meditation is actually the best way to accomplish so much of what we desire in the outer world.

  3. C.I. January 19, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Too late to answer your question this week, but like this post and the concept of “orbiting around your own axis”. If you made that up, A+ Z !

    • Z Egloff January 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

      What do you mean “too late”? It’s never too late! And given that you are a Rock Star with the best of them, I suspect you might have something to add. Be that as it may, I think I made up the orbiting line. I just googled it and nothing came up. It could be that I heard it once and remembered it, though. In which case I’m actually orbiting around the axis of the person who made it up. Which could also be me. Very tricky.

      • C.I. January 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

        Oh, I just meant if you put something on there past Thursday, it doesn’t seem to
        make it to the post. Whoa, I’d better get out my snake-skin pants and dream up something—
        but by today, comments must really be past their shelf-life.

        That orbit your own axis mantra is a little like Oprah’s friend, who said “Drive in your own
        car and your own lane” or something like that. She also said “Each nail that
        you hammer into your brother’s (sister’s) hand keeps you on the cross”.
        Whoops, I’m going stream of consciousness again. That doesn’t exactly answer your question).

        O.K., how meditation helped me was the gift of attention—the very same gift that helped me get Eckhart Tolle’s teachings of mindful consciousness for being present in the NOW. Which never fails me when I get precariously close to “going off the rails”.

        • Z Egloff January 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

          Comments are never past their shelf life! I’m still getting comment on posts that I wrote months ago. I think it’s like an eternally-fresh thing. 😉

          I like the “drive in your own lane” thing. Very nice! I’m gonna remember that one.

          I love the gift of attention and the NOW. So simple and yet so powerful. Tolle is such a wonderful teacher of that practice. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Sam November 8, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

    This article is hilarious! But it’s so true. Meditation is the most bad ass thing because self knowledge is sexy!
    I just published 5 Ways Meditation Has Helped me as songwriter. Please check it out!
    http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/11/5-ways-meditation-helps-with-songwriting/

    • Z Egloff November 10, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

      Hi Sam,

      Thanks for writing. It’s interesting, because since I wrote this article, I’ve started songwriting. So I will definitely check out your article on Elephant! :)

      XOZ

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