Meditation calms your mind and cuts out distractions, allowing for greater focus, alertness and ability to concentrate. It deepens your self understanding and awareness, increasing your ability to connect and empathize with others. You become more tolerant and compassionate when you meditate. It also helps you cope with life’s ups and downs by reducing your tension, fear, and worry.
There are many types of meditation. In the infographic below, from Call of Sedona, you can see examples of guided, moving, sensory and mindfulness meditation.
6 Benefits of Meditation
This is your brain’s ability to change. Meditation trains the mind to free itself from detrimental thought patterns. You become in control of your thoughts and reactions, with an increased ability to focus and concentrate. It also boosts your productivity and creativity. Experienced meditators can process distracting thoughts with ease, then quickly return to a state of focus.
2. Improved Physical Health
Meditation has a positive impact on health related issues. It decreases respiratory rates and blood pressure. It may also improve the body’s ability to fight illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, asthma and allergies.
3. Bigger Brain Size
Meditating causes your brain to grow. It thickens the parts of the brain associated with attention, decision-making and working memory. This improves your learning ability, even under stress and extreme pressure. Your ability to react quickly and effectively is also enhanced. Meditation improves your cognitive performance and actually makes you more intelligent!
4. More Desirable Mood
Meditation relaxes your nervous system and increases your serotonin levels. This leads to improved mood and behaviour. It decreases feelings of depression, irritability and anxiety. Meditation does not prevent problems from arising in life, but it helps us face them with our full capacity. Knowing you can tackle stressful events head on provides peace of mind and builds self-confidence. You will experience greater happiness!
5. Slowed Aging
Mental activity and meditation slow the process of aging. Age causes thinning in the frontal-cortex. The gray matter responsible for language, cognition and emotional processing gradually degrades and cognitive ability declines. Thankfully, you can slow the thinning of this tissue by meditating regularly.
6. Reduced Physical Pain and Enhanced Energy
Meditation can drastically alleviate the experience of physical pain and improve your physical wellbeing. Meditation rejuvenates and recharges your mind and body. Mentally you will feel more awake and alert. Physically you will notice more strength, energy and vigor.
With all the benefits, this type of self-care isn’t selfish, it’s a necessity! You can incorporate mediation into your busy work day by:
- leaving early and meditating for 10-15 minutes in your car
- turning your coffee break into a meditation break
- listening to guided meditations
- focusing your attention on an object in front of you and breathing deeply while sitting at your desk
Meditation helps clarify goals, boosts performance and increases productivity. It paves the path to the life of your dreams and helps you to enjoy the journey through positive emotions such as appreciation, joy, compassion, patience and love.
Try practicing any of these meditations and let me know how it goes!