The Power of Meditation Is Gaining Traction
Meditation is one of the best ways to re-center yourself and calm the mind. Today, America is seeing a huge rise in the popularity of meditation. Not only are individuals taking up the practice to heal the mind, body and soul, but employers are as well.
Our world is becoming increasingly fast-paced every day. We’re at a point in time where if you’re caught slipping and you slow down, you’re bound to get left behind, especially in a capitalistic America.
Many people claim this fast-paced society as their reason meditation can’t fit in their schedule. Even more disheartening as that many people think you need to believe the power of meditation in order to reap their benefits, which is simply untrue. Too many people get discouraged when they believe they’re incorrectly meditating. A few of the common reasons I hear either from people who won’t try meditation or have stopped altogether:
- Thinking too much during meditation
- Not enough time to get into a trance
- Don’t have the space
- Don’t know how
- Believe it’s nonsense
These are just several reasons I’ve heard as to why people don’t or won’t meditate. It’s a shame, because with education and proper guidance, meditation can change your life and even help you not just keep up in this fast-paced world, but thrive. Here are just few ways meditation can benefit you in your life.
It Keeps You Focused
As you know, single-point focus is a critical element to success. Many of the highly successful cite having razor-sharp focus as a major reason for their triumphs. Thankfully, some meditation techniques are specifically tailored for focus. One common technique to hold your focus is to key in on your breathing. Tune in to the ups and downs of your breathe while allowing all thoughts to drift without judgement. Don’t worry about having too busy of a mind; your mind is just doing what it is programmed to do. The key is not giving any weight to those thoughts and reverting your focus right back to your breathing.
It Helps You Become More Decisive
Because meditation forces you to redirect your mind, you’re able to see things more clearly and make better decisions. The practice of contemplation meditation forces you to allow you to intentionally “notice” your thoughts for a few milliseconds without putting any emotion or actions to them. Doing this gives you clarity by allowing you to observe your many different thoughts as they enter and leave your conscious, rather than holding on to one or a few thoughts and giving them weight for an extended period of time, preventing you from moving onto an even potentially better solution.
Your Mood and Emotions Will Be Easier To Control
Studies show that meditation releases the feel-good hormones melatonin, serotonin, endorphins, and GABA (the “calm chemical”) while also decreasing your body’s cortisol (the “stress hormone”) levels. What this means is regularly meditating for even ten minutes a day can reduce stress, boost happiness, and earn you better night’s sleep, and we’re all aware of how impactful sleep is to our mood!
A less moody and emotional you is more productive, energetic you. All the more reason to find some time in your day to meditate.
Finding The Time For Meditation
In the morning, try these three things:
- Wake up about 15-30 minutes earlier than you usually do.
- Brush your teeth, wash your face, then find a comfortable place where you won’t fall asleep.
- Before you get out of your pajamas and into your work clothes, sit down and meditate for at least 10 minutes, focusing solely on your breathing pattern. Even if it’s just 5 minutes, that conscious time without thinking can be enough to keep out negative thoughts as they come up throughout the day.
If your mornings are too rushed and you just can’t find the time, try finding a quiet space during your lunch hour to sit quietly for 5-10 minutes, breathe, and just be. Over time and extended practice, you’ll find it easier to focus on your tasks while not succumbing to distractions. This benefit from meditation alone is a major reason many large corporations are employing holistic health professionals to incorporate meditation into their workplace as part of larger corporate wellness picture.
Bottom Line: Meditation is Catching Steam for a Reason
At the beginning of the millennia meditation was still widely confined to a few, with medical studies just beginning to rise and confirm its benefits. Now, with the science and testimonials backing it, the Western World is finally waking up to the wonderful and healthy benefits meditating. If you’re still skeptical, give it a shot at your local free meditation Meetups or workshops and let a professional guide you through the process. You have nothing to lose and many benefits to gain!
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