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Can you remember your life-changing experience? Kind of nirvana or something which had hit you which turned your life upside down. Well, this was something I felt when I discovered meditation almost a half year before. It was a magical experience at first. This might sound a little bit hyped but it isn't. Meditation has really helped in my life not only spiritually but also emotionally and mentally. It has brought the most transitions in my life. So in this post, we will look at the benefits as well as the changes meditation can bring to your life.

  • Benefits of meditation

Research shows that meditation can reduce the areas of anxiety, chronic pain, depression, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Some research suggests that practicing meditation may reduce blood pressure, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression, and insomnia. It improves your mental ability to focus on one thing. People not only live happier but also they are calmer than before. Meditation also has benefits for your physical health, as it can improve your tolerance for pain and help fight substance addiction. A 2011 study from the Harvard Medical School examined the effects of mindfulness meditation on the brain and found a connection between mindfulness and processing new information. The researchers examined the brains of 17 people before and after participating in an eight-week meditation program. Brain scans showed an increase in gray matter in the parts of the brain responsible for learning, memory, and emotional regulation. An average person spends 47% of the waking life not paying attention to the present moment or the task at hand. That says that we are not mindfully present in the current time our mind is constantly wandering somewhere else. Our mind wanders 12% of the time in the past 28% in the present while 48% of the time our mind wanders in the future while the rest of the time our mind is somewhere else like connecting to ideas or even blank. When we are not paying attention we are significantly unhappy. When we are not present in the moment we lack mental clarity and purpose as also people are more affected by loneliness and depression. That's why practicing mindfulness is very important. Meditation is the medium that helps you to find mindfulness and the true purpose in life.

  • It creates a healthy mind

Now if you have ever tried meditation you will understand the thing that our mind starts wandering after some time into meditation. When this happens you have to bring back to the centre and focus on your breathing and not just get annoyed with your own self saying that "I am not good at this". When you bring your mind back to the actual motive that is on your breathe you are actually bringing your mind to meta-awareness. When you bring your mind to attention again and again you are building your brain's muscles. You have to hang on with this thing and keep bringing your mind to the centre whenever it wanders. So don't get annoyed with yourself whenever it wanders. So when our brain gets some exercise just like our muscles need it, we are keeping good with our mental health.

  • How to meditate

There are different types of meditation with different breathing techniques or even mantra meditation where you chant a mantra that creates some sort of vibration in your mind which soothes you. What I practice is basic breathing where I try to bring my attention back to my breath whenever my mind wanders. This is really easy and anyone can do it. I started from 5 mins and now I do it for 20 mins at a stretch and throughout the day I practice meditation for almost 50 mins. It gives me a proper feeling of mindfulness and calms my mind. I have noticed a weird thing I don't know it happens with others or not but whenever I don't find any solutions to my problems I seek meditation and just hold that problem in my head and try to find the perfect solution by keep on asking myself how to do it. I actually follow the monk mindset which is climbing the why ladder which Jay Shetty describes in his book 'Think like a monk'. This is something that Jay refers to as getting to the root cause of the problem which is the prime factor of the monk mindset. You can find different types of guided meditations on YouTube so check that out it will give you the proper tutorial of how you can meditate efficiently.

I think that's it for the blog I will end here. True meditation is not sitting with your legs crossed and focusing on the breath but focusing on the present moment while doing your regular chores and tasks. It is just like a cycle when you are mindful during the tasks you are the same in your meditation. That is true meditation. Meditation will pay back when you will keep honing it and not constantly trying something new form. So keep meditating and be in the moment.

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