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Three tangible benefits of meditation

Three tangible benefits of meditation

Meditation is like many things in my life. It is something I have known about for a long time, have wanted to do it regularly because I know it’s good, but haven’t. I meditate for a while, then I forget a few days, then do another couple of days and so on.

Life gets in the way. We are all busy.

But for me, when there are major reasons, that is HUGE benefits with something, then it’s time for me to make an effort to really try this and see what happens if I can stick to it for long enough to make a noticeable difference.

The problem with finding out what the benefits of meditation are that there is so much bullshit out there when it comes to describing what they are. As usual, whenever you research anything on the web you have to wade through a lot of garbage to find the details of what’s useful. I read an article proclaiming 76 benefits. Well tried to read it. It ended up being so long that I gave up. Not one for really long articles that seems to never get to the point.

With that in mind, when I wrote this article, I decided to limit the tangible benefits.. the REAL benefits (I don’t consider for example that “purifies your character” is scientifically measurable) that make it worth me doing every day. So without further ado, here are my big three.

Firstly, it improves your reaction time. I put this first because it is something that is clearly measurable. When it comes to any athletic performance, what usually counts in competitive sports are things such as balance, coordination and reaction time. Even if you’re not playing a competitive sport, these are attributes that are always useful, for example when something unexpected happens when you’re driving.

The next one is that it reduces stress. Now this one could be considered intangible couldn’t it? Well now actually it is in fact measurable. Your body responds to stress by raising your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. When you meditate your level of cortisol are measurably lower.

As a general observation, I find that I am generally calmer since beginning to meditate on a regular basis. Things don’t get to me the way they might once have.

Then there is focus. Can this be measured? Well it appears that it can by the use of an MRI imager. When the brain is scanned with an MRI, the areas that manage focus are more stable.

If you want to be calmer, more focussed and able to be in control of yourself (which I consider an essential life skill), I recommend that you try meditation and see what happens.

I know it’s not easy. For years I tried to meditate, did it for a few days, then didn’t get round to it. It wasn’t until I got a method that I could use that didn’t bore me that I managed to do it consistently. In future article I will detail the method that  I found worked for me.

So there you go. Three actual tangible reasons to meditate. And not a “helps you discover your purpose amongst them.

Have a look at the catalyst program on meditation to find out more.

Image Source: Adityamadhav83 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22769326

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Shaun

A guy obsessed with stripping down whatever field he studies to get the optimum return from effort expended. Sort of like Tim Ferriss, except with zero fame.

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