It’s part of the morning rituals of many of the world’s most successful people, and it’s taught in an increasing number settings from religious centers to schools to workplaces to tropical retreats. It’s a practice that can take many forms, and can be done in as little as a few minutes, or for hours at a time. It has a wide range of benefits for the body and the mind, and there are no negative side effects. What we’re going to be talking about today is meditation.
One of the biggest ways meditation helps is by helping you regulate your mental state. In our busy, chaotic culture, we’re inundated with information, advertisements, and countless things that we need to get done, not to mention stress from traffic, our boss, or unexpected bills. Regularly meditating can help you to keep your focus and have a more balanced, centered attitude that prevents you from being overwhelmed with life. Regular meditation has been shown to decrease both anxiety and depression, and can make it easier to learn new things.
Meditation gives you a chance to shut out the inputs from the outside world and quiet your mind. In these meditation sessions, you are better able to hear your own thoughts, and filter them down to the ones that are best for your life. This means you can make better decisions about what you spend your time doing, and you can focus on the tasks that will be the most productive. This is why so many successful entrepreneurs swear by it. They clear their minds of all the unnecessary nonsense that can clutter their thoughts, and move forward decisively.
Meditating can even decrease your risk of serious health problems. It’s possible that the dramatic reduction of stress and the associated extreme hormone disruption in chronically stressed individuals is what leads to the reduced risk of major health issues like heart attacks and strokes. Meditating on a regular basis has also been shown to improve the function of the immune system, making it easier for you to fight off the office plague. It can even help to balance the metabolism as well as insulin secretion, so it may help you if you’re working to lose weight.
Since the only requirement is a little bit of your time, meditation can have vast and life-long benefits that are more than worth spending a few minutes a day in the practice. Next time, we’ll talk about some simple ways to get started with your own meditation practice, so you can start seeing these benefits as soon as possible.