Yes you’ve heard of meditation, you may even have tried it, but isn’t it all just a bunch of hippy dippy? Who really has the time to meditate?
Hold up. Let’s take a look at meditation and why it should be as much a part of our daily routine as our coffee run or brushing our teeth.
What is meditation?
- Meditation is training our attention and focus.
- It is the act of controlling our own mind, selecting and dismissing thoughts as we choose.
- Meditation is noticing when our focus drifts and bringing it back.
All day long we rush around our own lives, thoughts buzzing and flying through our minds, when do we ever get a chance to rest?
Sleep you say?
To a certain extent yes but when we sleep our body uses this time to clear out toxins in the brain, to build memory pathways and process learning and growth. Our minds are still active, this is why we experience dreaming. Often when we are stressed or anxious we will have nightmares or fitful nights sleep when our minds are too active for a peaceful night’s rest.
Did you know that 20 minutes of quality meditation is equal to 8 hours of sleep? By giving your mind the space and permission it needs to switch off, you can re-energise yourself, feel revitalised and resume control over your thoughts and emotions.
So what does meditation actually do for us- what are the benefits?
- Decreases anxiety, depression and pain
- Increases empathy
- Improves memory, learning and emotional regulation
- Promotes immune function
- Decreases stress levels
Check out this video below to learn more about the science behind meditation. What’s not to like?!