The thought of meditating can feel a bit daunting at first. Most people try it for a bit and give up because they believe they can’t do it right. One popular reason why persons quit too early is because they thing it’s too hard. They have the common misconception that meditation is about emptying your mind of all thoughts. However, meditation is about learning to detach yourself from the thoughts passing through your mind. You observe them as they come and go without getting caught up in it. And even if you do get lost in thought at moments, you gently bring yourself back to the moment.
Now that you have a little insight into meditation, here are 5 amazing reasons to consider adding meditation into your daily routine.
5 Benefits of Meditation
meditation lowers your stress level
One popular form of meditation is mindfulness meditation. A mindfulness practice typically involves you being aware of your mind and body. It is accompanied by deep breathing exercises that help to calm your racing thoughts and relax your body. When you enter this relaxed state your mind and body calm down. This helps reduce the stress hormone, cortisol from your body. As you can image, mindfulness meditation is a great way to ease anxiety and find emotional release. Now, because you are more relaxed and at peace, you get an added mood boost.
meditation allows you to retrain your brain
Meditation can be use as a coping mechanism to handle life’s stressful situations. It allows you a safe space to feel into and or let go of emotional drama. When you meditate you are basically training your brain to utilise it’s pre-frontal cortex. This is the area of the brain that gathers information for you to make decisions and set goals. By meditating regularly you are teaching your brain to regulate your amygdala, i.e fear or emotion driven area of your brain. As such even when you are not meditating you are able to be calmer in stressful situations, stay focused on the goal and let go of troubling emotions.
meditation helps your cardiovascular health
As you may know now, meditation helps lower your stress levels and reduces emotional turmoil. When you are less stressed or emotional charged, your body can relax. When you you are relaxed your blood pressure reduces. Remember your mind and body are linked so your state of mind affects your body and vice versa.
MEDITATION ENHANCES YOUR CONCENTRATION
When you meditate you learn to focus your mind and be in the moment. You develop the ability to let thoughts go without getting caught up in it’s drama. You understand how to direct your thoughts to what you need to concentrate on. It also helps to cut through the brain fog that always seems to sneak up on us during the day.
meditation gives you the gift of the present
Many of us spend a lot of our time rehashing the past or worrying about the future. All that mental clutter of things gone by and things yet to come, takes up room in our mind. As a result we miss out a lot of the beauty of today. As you meditate you learn to pay attention to what is going on in the moment. You are present.
These are only a few of the benefits that meditation can offer you. But in order to reap the rewards, you have to give meditation a real chance. Attempting anything half-heartedly usually results in no or a negative result.
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