It’s understandable why some people think meditation is a waste of time. When you think of sitting quietly in the dark, thinking about nothing, it doesn’t exactly sound productive. Of course, that’s a generalized stereotype of what meditation is. Sure, you can sit in the dark and think about nothing if that’s the way you prefer to meditate, but there are many other ways you can go about it. To say that meditating is a waste of time is like saying exercise is a waste of time. Running in circles might seem like a pointless activity until you realize the health benefits. The same is true for meditating: when you watch someone do it, it might look like a waste of time, but when you realize the benefits, it makes a lot of sense.
1. It Makes You a Strong-Minded Person
Meditation can increase your mental resiliency. It can help you become better at dealing with adversity and setbacks in your life. One of the main reasons people don’t achieve their goals is because they can’t cope with setbacks. It’s easy to plan for a perfect situation, but no matter how easy your goals might seem, unforeseeable setbacks are bound to popup. People who meditate regularly can stay focused on a plan without being so emotionally invested in it that it cripples them if things don’t workout perfectly.
2. It Makes You Smarter
There’s good evidence to support the possibility that meditation can literally make you smarter. Studies have found that people who meditate have more folds in their neocortex and stronger connections between brain regions. This indicates they may be faster at processing information than the average person.
3. It Keeps You Focused
We couldn’t live in a more distracting era. We have smartphones, websites, on demand movies, endless TV channels, email, instant messaging, social media, etc., etc., etc… If you’re looking for a distraction, you won’t have to look far; take your pick. But if you’re like most people these days, you’re probably trying to find a way to tame, or at least ignore, the distractions of modern life in an advanced technological age. Studies have shown that people who meditate are able to maintain their concentration for much longer than people who don’t.
4. It Lets You Think Outside the Box
If you’re looking for a way to become more creative and avoid mental blocks — who isn’t? — meditation is just the thing you need. Meditation trains your mind to let go of old habits, approach new experiences without expectations, and view everything you think and experience from a new perspective.
5. It Makes You Feel Painless
You might not know this, but suppressed rage and pent-up stress and anxiety are actually responsible for many of the physical aches and pains you might feel. You can alleviate many of these pains and discomforts simply by using meditation to cool down and relax. Meditation can also be used to reduce pain that isn’t psychosomatic.
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