Contrary to popular belief, meditation isn’t limited to Buddhist monks. While they’ve been reaping the benefits of meditation for thousands of years, people across the globe practise mindful meditation daily. More and more people are becoming curious about meditation which is why we’ve decided to clarify the concept of mindfulness meditation to you.
Does Meditation Work and What Exactly Does It Entail?
Meditation doesn’t just ‘work’. It will change your life forever! A regular mindfulness meditation practice can help you deal with the inevitable stresses of everyday life. Meditation is proven to increase brain function through MRI scans performed by medical professionals. Through meditation, you can learn to train your brain to cultivate peak performance by focussing your attention on what’s essential to thrive in life.
Benefits of Meditation
- Improves focus and clarity
- Enhances brain function
- Slows down the ageing process
- Promotes sleep quality
- Fights depression
- Controls anxiety and panic
- Promotes self-awareness and empathy
- Reduces stress and supports stress management
How Often Should I Meditate?
There’s no magic number when it comes to meditation. The only piece of advice we can offer is the more you meditate, the more you’ll benefit from it. Now, don’t think you have to spend hours every day sitting in an uncomfortable position facing the corner of your bedroom or somewhere in nature to meditate. That simply isn’t necessary.
In fact, a 10-minute mindfulness meditation is more than enough to give you excellent results. And, you can do it anywhere. Standing in a queue at the bank, sitting in traffic or at work or lying in bed before you go to sleep.
How to Meditate
Meditation isn’t complicated but it’s a skill that will take some time to master. You can start by simply concentrating on your breathing and allowing your thoughts to come and go. If your mind wanders, simply go back to your breathing. Counting your breaths can also help you concentrate on your breathing.
For help with meditation, get in touch with one of our executive coaches at Integrative Coaching or book our online course ‘Meditation for self-mastery’ today.