One of my new years resolutions is to meditate more. I’ve been interested in meditation for a long time but I’ve been making up a lot of excuses earlier. I have found though that it is simply a question of just doing it, even if it is for two minutes or more. And it doesn’t have to be perfect in the beginning, even the ancient yogis started somewhere. I believe that being humble to oneself is the key when it comes to meditation. It’s not about reaching complete silence or fulfillness: it’s simply about trying and making it a routine. If it’s once a day or a few times a month doesn’t really matter, as long as you’re trying. So make it comfortable in the bed or on a pillow and just breathe. Here are 20 amazing benefits of meditation to keep you inspired.
- Less anxiety
- Better memory
- Better focus
- Slows down the heart rate
- Slows down the aging process
- Improved flow of air to the lungs
- Improved athletic performance
- Lowers blood preassure
- Increases serotonin level
- Builds self-confidence
- Improved sleep
- Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation
- Increased ability to solve complex problems
- Enhances the immune system
- Higher stress tolerance
- Greater communication between the two brain hemispheres
- Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation
- Helps us to see the larger picture
- Helps living in the present moment
What happens in the brain when we meditate?
Following picture from an fMRI scan shows what happens in the brain when we meditate. You can see how the beta waves (shown in bright colors on the left) are dramatically reduced during meditation (on the right). The frontal cortext, which is the most evolved part of our brain and is responsible for planning and self-conscious awareness, tends to go offline when we meditate. You can read the whole article about what happens in the brain when we meditate here.
I wish you the best with your meditation!
(And I can recommend this meditation exercise if you’re new to meditation).