Initially, I could not understand or appreciate how a simple daily routine of meditating could have such a positive effect on my life. Curious to understand why this is the case, I set out to research and understand all the benefits that come with meditating. I was pleasantly surprised – meditation can positively impact every aspect of your life in such as a powerful way to change your life for the better.
Herein we will explore 9 of the scientifically proven and most prominent ways meditation rewires your brain for the better, enhancing your peace, happiness, and most importantly, success.
#1: Meditation Reduces Stress
Are you feeling as if the weight of the world is on your shoulder? Meditation will work wonders for you. It has been proven that mindful meditation and Zen meditation are very effective in alleviating stress when practiced for 3 months. Other studies have proven the ability of meditation to lower the density of one’s brain tissues associated with worrying and anxiety. Therefore, if you are looking to reduce the stress levels that you experience in your life, in meditation, you have the answer.
#2: It Increases One’s Sense Of Well-Being
Meditation has been proven to have a positive effect on your happiness and daily energy levels. It increases your psychological functioning, thereby improving your overall sense of well-being. Just like tai-chi and yoga, meditation has shown to have positive therapeutic effects that increase the quality of life, especially when practiced on a daily basis.
#3: Meditation Improves Your Sense Of Empathy And Connectedness
Are your increasingly feeling disconnected from those around you? Why not try the compassion meditation Loving Kindness (also known as Metta). This is a compassion-based meditation that activates the areas of your brain associated with empathy and mental processing. By practicing this form of meditation, you improve your sense of connectedness. As such, it is also a very effective therapy if you are not a hugging person.
#4: Meditation Improves Focus
For those interested in searching for some bit of focus in their lives, meditation is a good tool to help you improve your focus capacity and capability. A study into various forms of meditations such as Vipassana, Hindu Meditation, Transcendental Meditation, Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, Sufi Meditation found that they all have varying degrees of positive effect towards improving one’s ability to focus. You do not have to rely solely on a cup of coffee; meditation will suffice. Just sit beside your fountain from Soothing Walls and start and feel the zen.
#5: Meditation Improves Relationships
If you are interested in strengthening your relationships with your friends and loved ones, you should consider meditating. Owing to its ability to improve one’s capacity and ability to empathize, meditating will help hone your ability to understand social cues and other people feelings. It also increases one’s emotional stability, reducing one’s susceptibility to any negativity emanating from other people.
#6: It Makes One More Creative
Various studies have shown that meditation increases one’s creativity considerably. It is little wonder that some of the most creative minds such as David Lynch, Yoko Ono, and Marina Abramović are avid meditators. As such, if you are looking for that extra level of creativity.
#7: Meditation Improves Memory
Do you feel as if your memory needs some improvement? You need not look further than meditation. Whether you just want to remember the names of your neighbors or you need your memory to improve in readiness for your test, meditation will help improve your memory. Research has shown that meditating has the ability to improve your ability to memorize, sore, and consolidate new information you come across.
#8: Meditation Improve Your Decision-Making Capacity and Capability
With each passing year, an increasing number of high powered executives make use of meditation as a means of dealing with the pressure that comes with their jobs. Various studies have shown Transcendental Meditation and mindfulness meditation to be very helpful in enhancing the functionality of one’s decision-making part of the brain.
#9: Meditation Is A Great Tool To Overcome Addictions
Addiction is a serious ailment that is difficult to deal with. Meditating has been proven to be very effective in helping individuals overcome their addictions. Vipassana meditation is very effective in helping drugs, alcohol, and other forms of addictions overcome the ailment. Other forms of medication have also been proven to be significantly effective in helping addicts overcome the ailment.