Photo by Yoann Boyer
We live busy lives.
Especially those of us who live in big cities, often struggle with the fast rhythm of life.
Apart from that, we are constantly exposed to a huge variety of information, which is forced upon us by ads, companies, TV, people.
Just try to ride a train without perceiving some of that information.
Constant visual and mental noise arises. We aren’t capable of concentrating on one thought for longer than a few seconds, maintain clarity of mind and stay focused on what really matters.
This noise, constant chattering of our mind is our biggest problem.
If you encounter a person walking on the street, talking to an invisible voice, some people might say this person is crazy, yet most of us have exactly that same voice inside our heads, all the time, judging, thinking, deciding, reviving long passed moments or fearing for the unknown future.
There are known methods to help calm down this voice and obtain at least some power over your thoughts, yet people seem not to appreciate the importance of it.
One of those methods is called Meditation.
Only five minutes every morning of a daily meditation practice can have a huge impact on your life.
Some of those aspects are:
- Better focus
A daily meditation practice can improve significantly how concentrated and focused you are at work, in class or overall regarding your life. With time you will notice an increased concentration when studying, playing music, creating art or reading. For me personally, it helped a lot to enter the flow state on a more regular basis.
Meditation will also give you a better focus on what really matters in your life. It is kind of like stripping down your whole existence to what really matters to you – allowing you to invest more time and energy into important things.
- Quiet mind
Our mind can be our greatest tool and our worst enemy. The constant inner noise has driven many people crazy in the past.
While we might not enter this category, it is safe to say that this inner voice, while genial at some times, is often a distraction.
Get rid of that constant chatter in your head.
There are several meditation practices which focus on exactly that – to simply observe your inner voice, or, depending on your level of expertise even to cease to think completely and therefore to declutter your mind. We clean our homes and bodies, why shouldn’t we do the same with our minds?
- Better mood
Meditation is proven to lower your levels of stress, which have a direct influence on your overall health and well-being. A short daily practice helps you to clear emotional and tension blockades, allowing you to face your daily struggles with more confidence, positivity, and strength. By adding a little gratefulness practice along with your meditations, you can double the positive effects.
There was not a single meditation practice in my life, which didn’t help to improve my mood at least a tiny bit. It’s kind of like recovering energy, calming down and focusing on the good things in one step.
- Conscious emotions
One of the most fascinating changes was probably how I learned to perceive and feel my emotions.
It is long proven that our thoughts and emotions have a direct effect on our health and overall state.
Emotions can have a direct impact on our physical body. We don’t sleep if we are excited, have tummy pain when nervous and can even develop more serious conditions if exposed to constant stress and negative emotions for long periods of time.
Especially tricky are those, that we cannot identify and keep carrying with us for days or weeks.
Meditation really helped me to be more aware of the emotions that arise with different thoughts or actions by myself or other people. By being conscious about them, be it positive or negative, I have a tool to control them.
By actively perceiving and acknowledging them, I give them no chance to manifest themselves in the physical body or force me to have a reaction which I might regret later.
- Improved creativity
Two abilities are needed in order to actually be able to be creative: good memory, filled with useful information and mental rest. This means we actually need to reach those reserves of information, or so-called memory banks which include things we have seen, experienced, felt, smelled and tasted. Only paired with deep introspection and quiet can it be combined for a new spark to come up. Meditation helps us to acquire this quiet and gives us tools to evoke it when needed.
Creativity arises when our brain is sufficiently calm and relaxed to reach to those reserves of useful information.
Meditation helps to enter the state of flow, which is proven to allow your mind to create new things, have new ideas and overall create new things.
You calm down your mind, which allows you to focus on the goals for today, taking decisions not based on emotions but facts.
I might be mistaken and you are totally able to zone out – I still struggle daily to keep my mind quiet.
Only 5 minutes of meditation every morning or evening can help you improve your life significantly. If you struggle to practice on your own, there are many guided meditations available freely on the internet. I might create a list of free resources later on, in the meanwhile, should you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
What do you think about this? Do you meditate? If yes, what kind of meditation do you prefer? If not, why not?