Meditation will make you more productive. It might sound strange that sitting still and doing nothing for a period of time will make you more productive, but it’s true. Before diving into what to do, it’s worth going over why you should meditate in the first place.
Some benefits of meditation include:
- Meditation has great calming effects. Research has shown that EEG activity actually decreases during meditation. Meditation also helps you to recharge so you have more energy throughout the day.
- The practice increases the blood flow in your brain, and according to one neurophysiologist, “rewires the circuitry in your brain”. ((Source: Zen and the Brain book))
- It’s been proven that people who meditate need less sleep.
- Meditation makes your brain age slower and increases the amount of grey matter in your brain. Grey matter is responsible for muscle control, seeing, hearing, memory, emotions, and speech.4
- Meditation makes it much easier to focus and achieve flow, that feeling of being completely immersed and energized by something. It also allows you to procrastinate less, and get more done in the same amount of time.
- The practice has been even shown to boost students’ test scores (by 11% in one study)!
- Meditation helps your mind defragment your thoughts so you can make better sense of them, and step away from them to gain perspective.
Needless to say, there are a ton of benefits to adopting a regular meditation practice, and these are just a few of them.
Meditation is a very simple practice that people overcomplicate. This article focuses on breathing meditation, where you focus on your breath. (Imagine that!)
The basic idea of meditation is simple. Every time your mind begins to shift its spotlight away from your breath and you get lost in thought, you simply bring your attention back to your breath. And then you repeat this again and again until your meditation timer sounds. The point is that every time you bring your attention back to your breath, you work out your “attention muscle”, if you want to call it that. Then, over time your focus, concentration, and attention span improve, in addition to the plethora of other benefits mentioned above.
That’s the basic idea of meditation.
You will need two things to get started, but you should have both of them already.
You don’t need much to meditate, but you should have two things:
1. Something to sit on
There are three options for something to sit on during meditation.
A chair (good if you’re starting out or have back problems)
Chairs are great for if you’re just starting to meditate, or if you have back problems and find sitting on a meditation cushion uncomfortable. If you’re new to meditation, using a chair the first few times instead of going out and buying a meditation cushion. Once you routinize meditation and become more comfortable with it, then the recomedation is purchasing a meditation cushion; using a chair at first will help you ease your way into practice.
A meditation cushion (most common)
A meditation cushion (named a “zafu”) is the most popular thing people sit on during meditation. The great thing about a meditation cushion is it is easiest to sit in an upright position when you’re on one, which improves your alertness and the quality of your meditation (and hence, how productive your sit is). With a chair or a meditation bench, you may be tempted to slump, which can cause you to lose focus.
A meditation bench (more comfortable than a cushion)
If you’re taller or find a meditation cushion too uncomfortable, it’s worth giving a meditation bench a shot. It will still force you to sit upright, and you won’t have the urge to slump as much as you do on a chair. Meditation benches also absorb a lot of the weight you would have otherwise applied to your legs, which makes meditation much more comfortable.
2. A timer
The second thing you’ll need is a timer.
You could simply use your phone, but just make sure to turn your phone’s radio off before you begin meditating. Pretty much every phone has a timer built-in, and if you have a smartphone, chances are there is a great meditation app for it too.
We hope this article will help you start meditating every day to find peace of mind.
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