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The Science Behind Meditation

People often ask me – Why should I meditate?

If you are not quite familiar with how meditation is actually linked to your daily thinking, decision-making and your emotional processes, I suggest you try and answer these questions first to see if any of these apply to you and how. 

  • How often do you mind-wander? Has it ever happened to you that on some days you would just wake up and all of a sudden feelings and thoughts from the previous day would just rush back in before you even got to brush your teeth and you have only just opened your eyes?
  • How easy is it for you to focus on one task for a prolonged time, let’s say to read something without being interrupted by something that your mind tells you that you “need to do” urgently and it is something that actually isn’t urgent at all?
  • How easy is it to go through the day and have interactions without feeling too anxious when having to talk to that colleague, client or anyone who makes you feel some sort of discomfort?
  • How easy can you let go of thinking of an unpleasant event or experience, such as getting frustrated in traffic, or having a misunderstanding with someone?
  • How accurate do you think you are in perceiving what others think or feel about you?

If you have found out that this at some level describes your experiences, then here are the facts and research about meditation based on neuroscience and it’s quite well documented that mindfulness and meditation can improve our multiple skills.

  1. Meditation decreases background mental noises.
  2. It increases attention and focus.
  3. It is proven that meditation decreases feelings of stress, anxiety, etc.
  4. Meditation helps in calming the nervous systems in our bodies and brains.
  5. It increases self-awareness.
  6. Meditators are more receptive to subtle unconscious messages (where our creativity lies).
  7. It improves our ability to make conscious decisions.

What is more interesting is that these are only some of the benefits that can be experienced by practicing meditation and are proved through various experiments and practices by now.

My personal satisfaction from meditation includes these and many more aspects after years of practicing it almost every day.

In my opinion, knowing that I am getting better at uncoupling negative emotions to my behaviors is worth every effort and minute spent in it because it is not something that I am doing for myself purely, it is something that I leave to those around me as well, knowing that my decisions and actions impact people around me as well.

Neuroscience has provided us with various research on meditation and this is not only true for meditation itself, but is true for breathing exercises and other mindfulness activities too, that are an integral part of my life.  Mindfulness to me is not about practices, meditation, mindful walks etc., it is an approach to life, the perspective about it and to everything I do – And I chose it. It is a skill that can be trained as any other. In other words, this is a skill that I can say determines the quality of my life. What skills do you think impact yours?

Author: Ana Toroman, Talent Development Consultant

Being a part of training and development education programs across companies in the Middle East, I help people develop their potential through learning key social skills for career building, with a particular interest in emotional resilience in the workplace. Having started my career in HR and education and working as a Corporate Trainer & Coach in Dubai, I work on self-development strategies for both teams and individuals. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn here or follow me on Instagram on HR and Wellbeing page here

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