We all live in a world where everyone is running out of time. We are occupied by time consuming activities and we rarely have even a little bit of time for ourselves. But, in reality, the time we devote to improving ourselves is the most important thing we do to improve our life overall. Most of the resolutions we make in order to change a habit or simply our daily regime get lost somewhere in between our responsibilities. Meditation is a way to focus on yourself, improve yourself and become the best version of yourself.
Many people consider meditation a characteristic of monks and people with a high level of spirituality. The truth is, everyone can do it, and at any place as well. It is one of the simplest activities known to man: you need to focus on your thoughts and your breathing. That’s it. It really is that simple. Almost everyone who has been meditating for a longer period of time has a positive attitude towards it and science can back it up. Many science studies that involve people who meditate have shown that brain activity is stimulated when you meditate. The hippocampus is a part of the brain that is responsible for learning and memorization. It is a part of the brain that is susceptible to stress, anxiety, and stress related disorders. Meditation is a perfect way to calm your brain and increase cortical thickness in this key area which will improve your memory and keep you stress free.
Starting to meditate may seem as another checkpoint on your resolution list if you are not consistent. When you get up in the morning dedicate just two minutes of your time to meditation. Two minutes may not seem like much but if you add up two minutes every day you will reach your desired outcome. When you start, the most important thing is to focus on your breathing. Breathe in – breathe out. Focus solely on that and count how many times you inhale and exhale. Your mind will wander off sometimes and that is normal. When you notice that you have wandered away simply return to counting your breaths from one. With practice this will become easier and you will become more aware of yourself. When you finish, smile. Keeping a positive attitude is key to reaching serenity and will greatly impact your day to day attitude.
To sum up, meditation is a way to take a break from all of the problems we face on a day to day basis. It is something to be positive about due to the fact that it has a myriad of benefits in all aspects of life. The most important thing to remember is that you should never rush yourself and enjoy your time spent meditating. Breathe in – breathe out, smile when you finish, and most importantly – enjoy.