The Amazing Benefits of Meditation

Meditation can be an intimidating feat for those who believe that it requires massive amounts of focus and stillness. The narrative that seems to infiltrate the mind, when thinking about meditation, is that it’s something that a monk would do as he sits on top of a sacred mountain in solitude. While that may hold some truth to it, there are many different ways to actively meditate.

There are no tricks or shortcuts to meditate, but there are different types of meditation that you can use to elicit different effects on your mind, body, and spirit.

Transcendental meditation focuses on maintaining silence and stillness within the body, and this practice can be used to promote a peaceful state of being and, in some cases, help people achieve states of Nirvana. Nirvana is a Buddhist term that essentially explains the feeling of transcending your ego and finally recognizing the connection between all things in existence.

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Mindfulness meditation is more like a mind wandering technique. When practicing mindfulness, you allow your mind to drift to where it wants, and that place is where you should focus your energy on. It is intimidating because it requires you to hold yourself accountable for maintaining your own peace. Mindfulness is the act of being mindful of your consciousness.

There are a few benefits of meditation that can make this a life improving and enlightening experience for you.

Increased Creativity

The mind seems to become more creative after meditation. This could be due to its ability to help stabilize your thoughts and emotions, which can actually help your mental energy flow more harmoniously. Meditating before you do anything artistic may help you become more innovative!

Increased Focus

People who frequently meditate are able to maintain focus longer than those who don’t. The brain (anterior cingulate/prefrontal cortex) develops this amazing ability to stop your constant shift of attention to things that are distracting you from a goal. Meditation seems to enhance attention on your priorities and prolong your ability to keep your focus on what matters.

Reduced Stress

Stress seems to find its way into our lives when we least expect it and when it builds up, it can physically affect our well being. Meditation can help lower stress levels, which can help boost your immune system. Many people use meditation as a stress management tool and it has even been found to reduce anxiety!

Meditation can be a life changing practice in your everyday life, and it can even help you on your journey to become the best version of yourself.


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References

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