Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years and is a technique used to train your mind in letting go of thoughts rather than stopping your mind all together. Meditation has been recognised to have many health benefits including stress relief, worry, lack of focus, relationship problems addictions and for rebalancing your body back to equilibrium.
According to neuroscientists, Meditation works by altering the structure of the brain and new neuronal pathways are created which therefore improve brain functioning. It also increases left prefrontal lobe activity which is joined to the good feelings of happiness, curiosity and joy. Through meditation we can gradually decrease the “mind chatter” of anxiety, stress and worry. According to studies by Head Space, just 11 hours of meditation has been shown to improve self control and ability to stay on track with daily tasks. When you simplify things, if you meditated for half an hour a day you should expect to see a difference in your thought patterns after day 22.
There are two types of meditation which you can try. The first being mindfulness where we are aware of all things around us without reacting. Compared to focused mediation which is where you may choose to focus your thoughts on breathing, an object or sensation. Mindfulness meditation is something you can adapt to every day living, as the technique is not to act before processing your thought.
Meditation can be practiced basically anywhere at any time. You don’t need to spend a fortune on fancy setups or session fees. I usually meditate in bed before going to sleep, this way after a busy day at work I can try calm my mind chatter before attempting to sleep. If your not sure where to start, there are plenty of apps available to get you started. Headspace is an app developed by former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe who has developed meditation techniques tailored towards busy people like you and me. Start with taking 5 minutes out of your day to meditate, you may be surprised with the results 🙂