The Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation
One of our biggest causes of stress is that we don’t live in the moment. We’re too busy worrying about either what has happened or what is going to happen that we’re never really in the present. Meetings coming up next week, arguments that happened months ago, sleep we didn’t get last night, dinner we have to make later. All of this floods our brain and drowns us out from what’s important: the right here, right now.
The past can’t be changed
If you’re present in the moment, then you never have anything to worry about. You just simply deal with what’s in front of you, what’s happening to you at that time, and that’s it. The past can’t be changed and the future doesn’t exist.
Thankfully, there’s a way to re-centre yourself and bring your back into the present moment. Enter: mindfulness meditation.
Meditation I , worries, and unhappiness with the only equipment required being a bit of time, patience, and dedication. Here are just some of the benefits of making meditation part of your regular routine:
• Reduces stress
• Improves your relationship with yourself
• Improves your relationship with others
• Reduces your risk of depression
• Improves your ability to achieve goals
• Increases cognitive ability
• Improves sleep
• Physically changes the brain and body to be healthier and more productive
• It helps outside of when you’re practicing it
The difference in your mood and energy levels with Mindfulness Meditation
After just one session you’ll be able to see the difference in your mood and energy levels. Some people have even said that they don’t rely on coffee anymore to wake them up in the morning as their meditation session does the same job.
If none of this appeals to you, then how about research that suggests meditation could save you money? A study published in 2011 linked transcendental meditation with lower physician costs.
Getting into meditation is incredibly easy. You can do it whenever, wherever. On the bus, on your bed, at work, or outside in a park. As long as you have at least 10 minutes of free time, then you can meditate.
An easy way to get into the meditative state is to focus on you breathe. Feel the air enter and exit your mouth and nostrils, counting each breathe. Breathe in. One. Breathe out. Two. Breathe in. Three. Breathe out. Four. Keep going with this, scanning through your body and noticing any sources of tension. Make a mental effort to feel these areas of tension melt away before moving onto the next.
In order for meditation to become as effective as possible, it requires regular practice. As with anything, meditation is a skill that needs to be developed. If you’re looking to give meditation a try, then check out my iOS app Mindfulness Meditation Studio on the App Store.