An article written by: Lee Sonogan
I have always been interested in meditation. The process of focus and redirecting your thoughts. I am no expert on it but, sometimes I am able to mediate. As the title suggests, mediation has many positive benefits. Being practised for hundreds of years, it has many new cultures and people in training for mindfulness and focusing their minds on an object, thought or activity. With some patience and some time to experiment with mediation, many people could pick it up or be like many others and give up.
Some of the studies indicated that meditating even 20 minutes per day for a few weeks was already enough to start experiencing the benefits. To break up mediation and mediation benefits as a whole, it can help many aspects of the mind, create a healthier body and overall well-being. Stress reduction is one of the most common reasons people try meditation. A study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison indicates that the practice of “Open Monitoring Meditation”, reduces the grey-matter density in areas of the brain related with anxiety and stress.
The most interesting part of mediation to me is its effects on your mind and performance. Meditation develops mental strength, resilience and emotional intelligence. It can making you stronger against pain. Giving credit to the saying, pain is an illusion. Also, mediation can improve your ability to learn, focus, recall memories and self-awareness. When all these positives start getting noticed, you will be able to be more awardees of your unconscious mind and improve on your creativity.
Mediation can also make your body more healthy. It can reduce the risk of heart diseases and stroke. Nearly half the population will struggle with insomnia at some point. It can improve your sleep and make you sleep longer.. Decreases inflammatory disorders. Mediation may make you live longer while it can even reduce risks of Alzheimer’s and premature death.
You can meditate anywhere. Many of you do it without even knowing. Falling asleep is a type of mediation and the place I do most of my mediation. I highly recommend using a sensory deprivation tank for an alternative form of mediation. It is one of the two places I believe I have achieved meditative states. Having some success with focused-attention mediation, I want to do some open-monitoring meditation within a group meditation.