Meditation is commonly very misunderstood. When you think meditating, you may envision a Buddhist monk deep in contemplation in search for enlightenment as his way away from suffering. Completely dissolved from his surroundings, in some sort of trance escaping all thoughts, and all emotions. Meditation truly is a way to calm the mind, but not by stopping your thoughts. As our thoughts float by our consciousness, they can become overwhelming as they carry emotional baggage, judgments, and anxieties along with them. While stopping all thought is pretty much out of the picture, we can begin to pull away from them emotionally and discontinue identifying with our thoughts. This is meditation. This is a pragmatic approach at maintaining your sanity throughout the heftiest loads of paperwork and unopened emails.
As you begin to objectify your mind’s chatter, you will be able to see that you are not your thoughts. Your thoughts are merely a collaboration of ideas, quotes, algorithms, perceived notions from others as well as data from your surroundings that you’ve gathered amidst the entirety of your life. You are the viewer of these thoughts as they pass by you, and knowing this you are able to see into the meaning behind your patterns. Observing the topic without becoming overwhelmed by it’s emotional intensity, and just allowing it to cease it’s control over you for the moment. Once you’ve taken back this control you’ve discontinued overthinking and allow room for concentration in a more positive, fruitful way because now you are the conductor of your mind. As you sink into a state of relaxation, your blood pressure will decrease, your heart rate will fall, and production of cortisol (the main hormone related to stress) is reduced. As you begin to do this frequently, your brain will create new neural pathways opening up your ability to fall into a state of ease in daily life situations.
A study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that grey-matter in the locations in the brain relating to anxiousness, worry, and overall stress is significantly less substantial after using a technique of meditation called “open monitoring meditation.” Basically, using this method you are reviewing the thoughts and the emotions they bring upon you, in order to understand how you can become less reactive to these thoughts or situations. With the fine tuning of this skill, you will become more resilient in business, and more emotionally intelligent as you are now able to regulate your emotions and keep them from getting in the way of your productivity in the workplace.
Creativity begins to flow as the mind enters a state of relaxation. It’s no coincidence we have our best ideas in the shower, and on the shitter. As you welcome in room and space in your brain, original thought makes it’s presence and you could have the innovative answer to navigating through the decision you’ve been dealt.
Practicing mindfulness, and using meditation has been shown to improve memory as the meditator’s mind is in a sharp state of vitality more capable to retaining information that it’s being sent.
Other issues meditation may be able to resolve:
- Anxiety/ Social Anxiety
- Low Self-Esteem
- High Blood Pressure
- Low Immunity and Energy
- Relational Issues (in the work setting or personal life)
- Low Self Awareness
- Emotional Eating
YouTube is filled with guided meditations, and meditation music for you to browse and use as a part of your daily life. Practicing twice a day for 15 minutes is extremely beneficial and will encourage a balance in your busy life, ultimately creating more time well spent in your day as you increase the actual time used productively. Throughout the rest of the day, practicing mindfulness will benefit you greatly so that you remain present and aware of the most efficient ways to go about organizing your portfolio, reading those emails, or any of the other things on your to-do.
Wishing you wellness,