Meditation has been around for thousands of years, more precise around 1500 BCE date the earliest written records of meditation. But not a few years back it became a trend and it’s fancy to meditate like it’s fashionable to be vegan.
I’m not writing this post because there’s a current but merely because it’s important to acknowledge that meditation it’s very good for our health of the body and mind. And you should introduce this habit in your life starting now.
Health benefits of meditation
Meditation helps quiet your mind. It also increases the ability to feel empathy and be more compassionate to those around you. It’s a great way to increase your resilience to stress and irritability.
By practicing meditation we learn to focus our mind on something, like breathing, a state or a thought. This exercise improves our focus also when we’re not meditating. It boosts your attention by freeing the mind of distractions. No more wondering mind or at least, not so much.
Cognitive psychologist Lorenza Colzato and her fellow researchers at Leiden University discovered that certain meditation techniques can improve creativity.
Helps the brain
Meditation improves your memory. A UCLA study found that people who meditate process information faster. Also another study from UCLA showed that people who meditate have stronger connections between brain regions.
And these are just a few benefits. Meditation can increase your immunity; decrease your stress or can lower blood pressure. Also meditation has been linked to larger amounts of grey matter in some areas of the brain. On top of it all I cannot think of just one disadvantage.
What can you do to start meditating?
It’s very easy. Begin with just a few minutes a day in the morning, let’s say 5 minutes. Choose a place where you could sit comfortably, on a chair or on the floor and make sure that your spine is upright with head up. Keep your eyes open if you can, will help you to be more aware. But there’s no problem if you close them also. And then try to focus on your breathing. As you inhale count from one to four. And then exhale doing the same.
Be sure your mind will wonder so don’t be disappointed that you didn’t get it the first time. It’s natural. The art of focusing your attention needs constant commitment and exercise. So when your mind starts to wonder comeback to one and start again.
This is just one meditation technique. There are lots of techniques that you could read about and try the one you think it suits you. Or adapt them as you think best. The important thing is to meditate.
So, when was the last time you did nothing for at least 5 minutes? Nothing at all! Just sitting quietly, you and your thoughts, and observing yourself. Don’t you think the time has arrived to walk on the road of knowing yourself and tap into all those powers that sit idle inside you?