Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself.
The word “meditate” actually means to think deeply about something. However, when eastern contemplative practices were “imported” to Western culture, this is the term that was used to define them, for lack of a better word. Nowadays meditation has more the meaning of this exercise of focusing attention than to reflect deeply.
Besides focus of attention, meditation also involves mental calmness and introspection (“looking within”). Meditation is, thus, somewhat different than other personal development or spiritual exercises. Here are some benefits of meditation.
- Increase Creativity
Meditation will help to improve one’s creativity.
Meditation is also known to increase and encourage divergent thinking. With divergent thinking, it allows you to come up with the maximum number of solutions to a given problem.
- Reduce Anxiety
One aspect of anxiety is racing thoughts that won’t go away. Meditation helps with this part of the problem by making the overactive mind quiet. Instead of buying into your fearful thoughts, you can start identifying with the silence that exists between every mental action. Through regular practice, you experience that you are not simply your thoughts and feelings. You can detach yourself from these to rest in your own being. This involves remaining centered, and if a thought or outside trigger pulls you out of your center, your meditation practice allows you to return there again.
- Improve Memory
Surprisingly, meditation and memory are linked. Research proves that meditation changes the physical structure of the brain in remarkable, positive ways – including improving attention and memory.
- Improve Relationships
Meditation also helps to form a better sense of connection to other people. This helps to make you more compassionate and empathetic to others. Whether you are looking to improve your relationship with your significant other or connect more to your employees and clients, meditation may be the answer.
- Aid in Health Conditions
Many studies have shown that just by meditating you may be able to decrease your blood pressure if you suffer from hypertension. Additionally, meditation also helps with flu and will also ease the pain from menopause for women.
- Promote Better Sleep
Meditation has proven benefits in promoting better sleep. People who practice meditation will find their insomnia and depression to be eased.
With so many benefits mentioned above, most of us will still find it difficult to include meditating into our hectic daily life. Well, good news is you can start with only five minutes each day before breakfast. You will be amazed by the benefits of meditation. Then, you can begin to increase the length of your sessions over time.