Habit 3: Meditation
There are so many benefits that come as a result of meditation. This article by Jonni Pollard points out 20 reasons to meditate. Have a look.
There are literally hundreds of commonly experienced and scientifically validated benefits of meditation. We’ve compiled the top twenty that will make you want to start meditating right now.
We’ve broken them up into two main categories – the physical health benefits and the psychological benefits.
Physical health benefits of meditation
- Meditation literally grows your brain… both in volume and thickness. This doesn’t just make you smarter; it increases your memory, attention, self-awareness, and self-control alongside a whole list of other desirable qualities.
- Meditation increases blood flow to your brain… the brain can’t function without a strong steady flow of blood to it. The stronger and steadier the flow, the better the brain functions.
- Meditation reduces cortisol production, a stress-induced hormone that suppresses the immune system and can make you feel anxious nervous and unsettled for no real reason (other than having too much cortisol in your system).
- Meditation reduces blood pressure and heart rate, which alleviates unnecessary pressure on your heart and arteries.
- Meditation increases neuroplasticity. This is the brain’s ability to organize itself, adapt to demands and enables you to become more efficient in the learning process.
- Meditation increases the production of good neurotransmitters including serotonin and dopamine, both of which play a huge role in controlling our moods. It’s understood that low levels of serotonin cause depression.
- Meditation triggers the parasympathetic nervous system, which enables us to rest and recover from
Carving out quiet time for yourself each day is essential. Give yourself this gift. Use the time to sit quietly and be attentive to your breathing. Notice your heartbeat. Focus on how you feel. You can use this time to meditate, read, and reflect. There are many meditation resources available to assist you in embracing your quiet time. I have created the “Be”- Attitudes Kit which is a tool to help you focus on a thought which will assist you in setting the tone for your day. The key is to allow yourself time each day away from distraction.
Create Your Very Own Quiet Place
In the Lines In The Sand course that I teach, one of the things that the participants do is create their very own quiet place. This can be a room in your home, a quiet corner of your garden, a man cave or she shed or anywhere that brings you peace. Add books that you like, a candle, a cozy throw, peaceful photographs, crystals, or anything else that helps you to relax and focus. Make sure that this is your space. Others are not allowed in your space unless they are invited. This is your sacred space.
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