If you are willing and able to do this, then I recommend to everyone to at least try it once. Below you can find out how to start meditating for yourself. Find peace within yourself first then your being outside the mind. I have tried out meditation myself and was doing well for over a year. The benefits where great, my mind was more coherent and I felt more in control of my body. On the stress side of things the benefits were greater but unfortunately due to circumstances I stopped and would love to start again. So let’s start this journey together.
Gives You Better Body Awareness
Improves Your Relationships
Helps You Communicate Better
Sharpen Your Ability To Focus
Encourages You To Love Yourself More
Choose a peaceful environment. Meditation should be practiced somewhere calming and peaceful. This will enable you to focus exclusively on the task at hand and avoid bombarding your mind with outside stimuli. Wear comfortable clothes. One of the major goals of meditation is to calm the mind and block out external factors – however, this can be difficult if you feel physically uncomfortable due to tight or restrictive clothing. Decide how long you want to meditate. Before you begin, you should decide how long you are going to meditate. While many seasoned meditators recommend twenty minute sessions twice a day, beginners can start out doing as little as five minutes, once a day. Sitting down in a quiet place (for optimal energy flow, cross your legs, but that isn’t always necessary. It can be on a cushion, pillow, on the ground, or even in a chair). Usually closing your eyes (some techniques have you open them though). Focusing your attention on your normal breath or a candle or some other physical object. It serves as an anchor to the present moment.
1. Meditation Speeds Up Brain Processing Potential
According to a research journal article published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience in February 2012, meditation can alter the geometry of the brain’s surface. There was a study done at the University of California in Los Angeles involving 50 meditators and 50 controls that addressed a possible link between meditation and cortical gyrification, the pattern and degree of cortical folding that allows the brain to process faster and act more efficiently. This study showed a positive correlation between the amount of gyrification in parts of the brain and the number of years of meditation for people, especially long-term meditators, compared to non-meditators. This increased gyrification may reflect an integration of cognitive processes when meditating, since meditators are known to be introspective and contemplative, using certain portions of the brain in the process of meditation. Essentially, meditation improves the ability of your brain to function and process information.
2. Meditation Loosens Our Neural Pathways
Rebecca Gladding, M.D. explains in an article published in May 2013 Psychology Today, how the brain functions better with meditation. The longer you meditate, the more neurological benefits there are. The brain can essentially be molded by meditation. Specifically, the connection to our fear center and our “Me” Center (place where the brain constantly reflects back to you) dissolves following regular meditation. This loosening up lessens our feelings of anxiety, because the neural pathways linking our Me-Center to our fear decreases. Social anxiety literally goes away due to the alteration of this center in our brain responsible for the connection of fear to our sense of self. The alteration of these neural pathways also come with improved assessment and empathetic responses. The important thing that Gladding also mentions is that to maintain the benefits of meditation, you must keep meditating because “the brain can very easily revert back to its old ways if you are not vigilant.” Make it a habit!
3. Meditation Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease
A large cardiovascular study was done and published in November 2012, in the journalCirculation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. In the study, 201 people with coronary heart disease were given 2 choices. They could either take a health education class promoting improved diet and exercise, or take a class on transcendental meditation. Researchers studied these participants for five years and discovered something interesting. Those that chose the meditation class had 48% reduction to the overall risk of heart attack, stroke and death. This was an initial study and again needs more research. It literally cut their risk of dying from some of the most fatal diseases in half in just a few weeks.
4. Meditation Can Improve Memory Recall
New research on meditation shows that meditation can improve your ability to recall memories. Catherine Kerr is a researcher at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and the Osher Research Center. She has found that those that practice meditation could adjust their brains waves better, and thereby increase their concentration levels. They could screen out distractions and increase productivity faster than those that did not meditate. Less distractions gives room for the brain to integrate new information. This slight change in brain adjustment can dramatically aid in memory recall. Kerr explained more in an article called, Meditation’s Effects on Emotion Shown to Persist,published in June 2013 at psychcentral.com. ”Mindfulness meditation has been reported to enhance numerous mental abilities, including rapid memory recall,” Kerr said. “Our discovery that mindfulness meditators more quickly adjusted the brain wave that screens out distraction could explain their superior ability to rapidly remember and incorporate new facts.” Improved brain functioning, loosened neural pathways, improved heart health and enhanced memory are just some of the chances you will see in your life with meditation. The list of meditation benefits is literally endless, but there are just some of the reasons why meditation should be a part of our daily routine.
Source and Useful links:
Youtube & Huffington Post
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