Are you constantly thinking? Are past memories repeatedly invading your thoughts and you keep on asking yourself you what you could’ve done differently? Is your future something of eternal concern? If you answered “yes” to at least one of these questions, you are not alone. Join the compulsive thinker club.
But don’t worry, compulsive thinking can be treated by training your brain. And today I want to invite you to join me on a quest to meditation – a very simple and effective technique that can help you find your inner peace and live happier.
A plethora of scientific research has proven the benefits of meditation and today is applied in business (google, apple, etc), medical field and education. The National Institute of Health spent over $100 million on research and the results support the benefits of this practice. Here are just a few:
- relieves pain more effectively than morphine
- increases energy levels
- improves the quality of sleep
- improves skin tone
- boosts the immune system
- reduces inflammation
Mental & Emotional Benefits
- improves attention & ability to work under pressure
- improves memory, critical thinking and decision making
- helps manage emotional eating
- fosters creativity
- improves sex life
- reduces social isolation
- develops a sense of calm and serenity
- builds composure
- enhances self-awareness
- increases self-acceptance
- fosters piece of mind, happiness and joy
- increases self-esteem
Harvard neuroscientist Sarah Lazar’s research shows that meditation practice produces structural changes in the brain.
So, with all that being said, for the next two months I am planning on meditating daily and incorporating a yoga routine. I will be documenting my progress bi-weekly, where I will share the tools I used, the interesting literature I discovered and the actual changes I’ve experienced.
If you wish to join me, don’t hesitate to reach out – we can become “meditation buddies”. If you simply want to follow, come back in two weeks and find out more about active meditation and its impact on someone who’s never done it.