The benefits of meditation

WHY DO PEOPLE MEDITATE?

Modern life can be busy, stressful, and at times overwhelming. There’s a constant juggling act going on between our work and home life, and maintaining a balance can be tricky. 

Meditation is a powerful tool to make yourself slow down, instill calmness, and reconnect with yourself. It’s a great way to deal with stress and anxiety so that you can feel more in control, and focus on your goals.

Meditation is not a new concept, but it’s become a more mainstream practice, endorsed by spiritual types and high performing corporates alike. It’s a daily ritual for Tony Robbins, and connecting with the inner self is a key component of his Unleash the Power Within event. 

Whether you have a demanding career, own a business, or are a stay-at-home parent, meditation can improve all aspects of your life.  Read on to learn more about the top five benefits of meditation.

1. REDUCES STRESS

Meditation can help alleviate stress from just about any situation you may be in. When there is a stressor in our life, we react with an instinct to fight or fly (leave) the situation. This stress makes your heart race and you might respond outwardly from your fear or anger. 

When you meditate, you are helping that response from occurring in the first place. Meditation gives you the tools to take a step back, breathe and return to a more relaxed and logical state of mind.

2. REGULATES MOOD

Regular meditation practice has been shown to improve your overall mood. This keeps your behaviour balanced, because you’re more in-tune with the way you feel and how you react in any given situation.

Meditation influences our physical state to be more relaxed and helps us respond appropriately to extarnal influences on our life. It reveals a heightened sense of self and you’ll enjoy renewed energy and a feeling of wellbeing. 

3. IMPROVES RELATIONSHIPS

When you meditate regularly, you may notice how you’re more grateful and appreciative toward the people in your life.

Healthy relationships are important in both personal and professional settings.  In each scenario, you need to feel comfortable sharing your point of view while respecting and acknowledging others’ contributions as well.

4. PROMOTES PRODUCTIVITY

If you meditate daily, you’ll notice a boost in your productivity. You’ll be more engaged in your projects and tasks while having a new sense of clarity to execute them.

5. HELPS yOU STAY FOCUSED

Another benefit of meditation is that your sense of focus will be enhanced. You’ll stay in the present moment through concentrated time spent focusing on your breath and presence instead of quickly moving from one task to the next.

If your attention span is short, studies show that even a few minutes of meditation can vastly improve your ability to focus.