It is easy to dismiss meditation as some New Age fad that will soon go the way of the DVD. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Meditation has been around for millennia. It has been practiced in many forms by people all over the world, and it still has not lost its shine.
All the cultures of the world know the importance of gaining control of the mind. It is a known fact that the greatest feats can only be achieved by a strong will: even Hercules had to dig deep and find the mental strength to complete his heroic quests.
Read on and find out how meditation can convert your mind into your superpower.
1) Helps you take stock of your life
Meditation requires you to take time off from the daily grind and banish all the noise and distractions from your mind. Once you have achieved the calmness and stillness that comes with meditation, you will have clear and focused thoughts.
With a clear, focused mind, you can take stock of your life from the outside looking in, just like a third party would. You will identify the many small choices that you make and how they add up to become the sum total of your life.
When you take an objective look at your life and the choices that have led you to your current circumstances, you will have all the information necessary to make improvements. You will lean into your good habits and take measures to get rid of the bad ones.
As for your decision-making process, regular meditation will help you figure out the motivation behind your choices, good or bad. Once you deconstruct why you do the things you do, you will be on your way to achieving control over yourself and your life.
2) Helps you deal with stress or eliminate it altogether
We live in a fast-paced, stressful world, which is full of traffic, taxes, politics, deadlines, and bills. It gets a bit too much sometimes.
Problems will always happen, and there is nothing we can do about it. We do have control, however, over how we react to the things that life throws at us. Meditation is a tool that goes a long way when it comes to dealing with stress.
Meditation helps to deal with stress in two ways. First, meditation and breathing exercises clear the stressful and negative thoughts that occupy the mind. With all the stressful thoughts pushed away, your mind and body get a chance to relax and recharge.
Second, meditation gives us the perspective we need to evaluate a situation objectively. Looking at your situation without any emotion will allow you to make rational decisions, which will help you solve the problem that is stressing you out.
3) Improves your productivity
As you may have figured out by now, meditation is actually a way to train the mind. We have already seen that meditation will help us examine why we think and act the way we do. Well, it gets better.
Regular meditation improves your ability to focus on long-term goals while concentrating on the task at hand.
Mindfulness is one of the goals of meditation, and it requires us to be present in the here and now. If you study or work when you are fully present, you will absorb everything that you need to learn and produce excellent and thorough results.
Mindfulness also teaches us to focus on one small thing at a time. This is a useful lesson to remember when you are handling a big project. Instead of wasting time on each of the ten thousand tasks that need to be done, mindfulness will remind you to pick one task and focus on it and to pick a second task when you are done with the first.
4) Helps you build and improve relationships
People who make meditation a part of their day will have increased awareness of themselves and the world around them. If you are alert and aware, you will be able to pick up emotional cues that you may have otherwise missed.
The ability to respond to people’s emotional cues is known as emotional intelligence. It requires people to be engaged and present when they interact with others. This intelligence is used to close a deal, make a sale or forge a healthy relationship.
People you care about will notice once you start engaging with them and taking an interest in the things that matter to them. Meditation will also make you a good, empathetic listener who will know when to give advice and when to be quiet and compassionate.
It may sound like some metaphysical spiel, but it is not; the ability to build and keep relationships is a skill that can be learned (people pay money to learn it), and meditation is one way to gain the said skill.
5) Helps with weight loss
Believe it or not, this is true. For many, weight loss is a goal that always seems to be just slightly out of reach. For some of us, weight loss is fleeting: we get in shape for a wedding and, afterward, the motivation just goes away. Meditation can change all that.
By getting to the root cause of our weight issues, meditation can help us keep our weight just where we want it. How you ask?
The biggest obstacle to weight loss is our mindset. We may lack the discipline to wake up in time to go for a morning run or to eat right, or we may lack the long-term focus to keep the weight off once we shed it.
This is where regular meditation comes in. With time, meditation gives us the tools we need to make a conscious choice to delay gratification on a daily basis. It teaches us to have a long-term perspective and to work toward a long-term goal, even when the results are not coming as fast as we would like.
With the discipline and tenacity that come with meditation, you will handle your weight loss journey with a little less moaning and a lot more grit.
It’s all in the mind, it really is. Your mindset is a factor that determines how well you live your life. Take up meditation today and see the difference that a clear and focused mind makes.