The word ‘Meditation’ may sound extremely simple, but it is a little beyond than just sitting down at one spot and breathing deeply. It involves practising mindfulness and disciplining your thoughts. If a person practices it daily it has a tonne of benefits.
When practising mindfulness for meditation, we acknowledge thoughts running in our mind and then let them go. When you meditate regularly, the same practice becomes your second nature and helps you to unwind after a long day. You’ll find that it will be easier to deal with thoughts that prevent you from sleeping soundly. Meditation has also been proven to help improve the quality of your sleep so that you wake up feeling rejuvenated.
Concentration is one of the cornerstones of meditation, regardless of the technique you follow. This helps improve your memory and there are countless studies to validate this claim. In an age where our dependence on the digital medium is increasing leading to shorter attention spans, this would certainly be a boon.
Concentrating and focusing on a particular thought helps to sharpen creative areas of the brain. Whether you’re an artist or a poet, practising meditation every day will bring better clarity in your thought process, thereby you will become more productive with creative ideas. And this applies to non-creative types as well.
Worrying, fixating on negative thought patterns and anxiety are some of the most common problems that a lot of us come across. Adopting meditation and integrating it into your daily routine will help in reducing your anxiety levels. Studies have shown that meditation rewires your brain and weakens the neutral pathways that trigger responses of fear and anxiety.
When we meditate, we are open to different thoughts, ideas and feelings that arise in our mind. This practice of openness makes you more kind and compassionate. Research has shown that those who meditate on a regular basis have higher feelings of empathy and compassion towards others than those who don’t meditate.
Fast-paced lives, long working hours, always staying connected to work through electronic devices can take its toll on your mental health. Your stress levels may skyrocket, leaving you feeling scattered. Meditation allows you to calm the mind, reduce the stress level and maintain composure during challenging situations.
Meditation helps reduce stress and anxiety, which are the root causes of various health problems. It helps to reduce hypertension, infertility among other ailments.
Clarity of the mind
Meditation helps improve concentration and sharpens your attention to detail. Practising meditation on a regular basis makes the brain associated with attention.
Meditation strengthens the mind, improves your breathing and also helps to power up your immune system. This means that you’re less likely to catch a cold or any common infection if you’re meditating regularly.
Meditation also increases the levels of ‘happy hormone’ endorphin. In fact, meditating on a daily basis may enhance our capacity to feel happy all the time and decrease the tendency of thinking negatively.