Top Reasons Successful People Meditate
Often people dismiss meditation as a spiritual path that only works for certain religions. However, there are many benefits of meditation that can help you become more effective in your personal and business life.
It is a great tool for getting you what you want – SUCCESS!
You do not have to renounce everything you know. You can improve your life, get to know yourself, and achieve more with a daily meditation routine.
Some of the many benefits include: Better focus and concentration – Having better focus allows you to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time. Meditation will help improve your concentration allowing you to get more done.
Being present – Being more in the moment keeps you from focusing on past problems or problems that may occur. Instead, you are focused on what you are doing now and can create an appropriate plan of actions.
Improved problem-solving skills – Having a larger capacity to deal with various problems improves your ability to be successful. You can learn to solve problems in a holistic way that allows you to see the whole problem instead of part of the problem.
Greater personal awareness – Meditation helps you learn the tools you need to live a happier, healthier life.
Lower tension and stress levels – Stress is one of the worst ailments in life. Lowering your tension and stress levels allows you to have more energy to deal with more daily activities.
Improved relationships – As you get to know yourself better, you learn how to relate better with others. You can become a more easy-going person who is willing to help others more.
More enjoyment and enthusiasm for life – Learning to manage your limitations increases your happiness. Meditation will help you create balance in your life and help you maintain that balance.
Having greater success in life and business is a great reason to start meditating. You’ll find that the benefits positively impact your life.
Meditation Helps You Handle Daily Stress Better
In one simple sentence, meditation helps you clear away all the unnecessary information that you build up in your brain throughout the day.
Stress is felt and dealt with every day whether it is a daily pressure or an overwhelming situation. It can be broken down into the supply and demand of your emotional resources.
It doesn’t matter if the stressor is valid or only perceived – what matters is that you feel responsible to respond to the pressures and situations. What you need to do is create a space in your emotions regardless whether you need to respond or not.
How does meditation help with stress management?
Meditation helps clear space in your mind to work through the everyday stressor to determine which need our attention the most. Plus, you will be able to feel the calm, relaxed feeling throughout the rest of your day.
Think about it this way – if you had the space and calmness to distinguish between the necessary and unnecessary, your stress levels would be very different. Unfortunately, most people do not
have the space or calmness in their minds. Meditation will give you this space and calmness covering the demand portion.
The supply portion is covered by the increased resources that meditation creates. Your mind becomes more elastic, allowing it to adapt more easily to the daily stressors. You will gain more mental resources and become more capable of dealing with stress.
How does meditation help with stress prevention?
Meditating on a regular basis will help you prevent stress by helping you create a baseline for stress which allows you to keep control in stressful situations.
Loss of a loved one, divorce, and moving on are some of the common high stress events that people experience. They all demand a lot from you, however, with meditation you can give yourself a tool to be more prepared to deal with them. It will even
calm your inner peace because you can better process your emotions.
Meditation reduces stress by creating more space in your mind to reduce the pressure caused by deciding which stressors need your attention. You have more mental resources to cope with them, and you are better able to handle stressful situations.
Meditation Increases Productivity and Efficiency
Multi-tasking seems to be a part of modern life. Although multitasking seems like a great solution to your hectic life, doing several things at once means that you aren’t doing your tasks to the best of your ability.
Meditation improves your mental facilities, creativity, focus, relaxation, and concentration. You will find that with a daily practice of meditation you are able to get more done because you focus on one thing at time.
Your creativity will be enlightened with meditation because it will remove the stress and increase your intuition. This clears your mind of limiting beliefs, allowing you to become more effective at problem-solving by unleashing your creative flow.
Are you a victim of fatigue?
Fatigue defeats you 100% of the time. It keeps you from being able to fully concentrate. On the other hand, meditation can energize your body and refresh your senses.
Wouldn’t it be nice to end each day with a sense of accomplishment? You can by fighting back against fatigue with meditation.
Meditation Improves Brain Functions and Elasticity
There has been a lot of research around how meditation affects your brain. One fact that keeps popping up is that meditation positively alters the way your brain functions on a fundamental level.
Those who practice meditation on a regular basis show many neurological benefits. One of the greatest being that there is more activity in the connections between the different regions.
Greater connectivity within your brain means that it will age slower. As the brain ages it loses its elasticity – that part that allows for adaptation to your high-stress situations.
Your brain slows down
This may seem like a counterproductive thing to do, but you want your brain to slow down. When your brain slows down, it can process information more effectivity. Therefore, you perform anything with peak focus, concentration, and creativity.
The more elastic your brain is, the more effectively you can complete every day tasks and high-stress tasks. You are able to think through the situation and process it in a way that others can’t.
You also in adherently improve your memory. Over time, as your brain ages it loses memory. However, with meditation you can maintain your memory – if not improve it. The more you are able to remember without having to dig deep, the more productive you will be.
Meditation Helps Reduce Anxiety and Depression
Meditation is a mainstream technique for managing many health issues. Meditation was also proven effective in reducing anxiety and depression as well.
Mediation helps train your brain to stay present – remain in the current moment. All too often your brain jumps to the future or the past. Dwelling on what has happened and what could happen is what causes anxiety and depression.
Instead, meditation helps you let go of past regrets and anxieties about the future. The idea is that you stop your mind from wandering and remain connected with your body.
In a study done included in the JAMA Internal Medicine review, Dr. Hoge discovered that a meditation-based program designed to reduce stress helped eliminate anxiety symptoms in those with generalized anxiety disorder.
Entering a state of calm within your mind will allow you to reduce, or maybe even eliminate any anxiety you may have about your life or business. So it’s no surprise that highly-successful people continue to find that meditation helps tremendously in their personal and professional life.
How do you use meditation to reduce depression?
It is all about your thoughts. You can easily meditate almost anywhere and immediately help fight against depression and anxiety.
Find a quiet spot without any distraction. Sit and keep focused on your breath. It is normal to have thoughts pop up, but you don’t want to force them out. Instead, you want to embrace the thoughts.
Helps You Fight Disease and Stay Healthier
Nowadays, people are getting more health-conscious than ever before. There is more to being healthy than a good diet and exercise program. Your brain and the overall health of your mind plays a huge role in the health of your physical body.
Possibly the greatest reason successful people meditate is because of its affect on the body’s overall health.
Meditation can increase immunity, improve emotional balance, promote fertility, relieve stomach and bowel issues, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and increase your calmness.
You have better immunity if you are more relaxed in life. Studies have found that daily relaxation through meditation can reduce the risk of breast cancer and help you live longer. When you relax, your body can build up its resistance to tumors and viruses.
Improved Emotional Balance
Having emotional balance means that you are better able to cope with stress. Meditation may not remove all past emotional trauma, but it can certainly help reduce it and prevent further trauma. Using meditation will help you bust through those emotional walls to achieve success.
One huge stressor that can prevent success is infertility. Using meditation to help you body relax will help your hormones balance out. Both men and women can benefit from meditation.
Prevents Stomach and Bowel Problems
Practicing meditation can help alleviate constipation, bloating, and diarrhea. It can also help prevent heart burn and acid reflux.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Improving your body’s ability to respond to stressful events will help lower your blood pressure. Instead of worrying about the next
stressful situation, you will be able to relax and focus on your current goals with a meditation practice.
Stress can lead to inflammation – and other conditions which are linked to it such as heart disease, asthma, psoriasis, and arthritis. Reducing the stress related inflammation will help you and your whole body feel better.
The level of calmness a person has at any situation determines his or her level of success. Meditation helps you reach a state of calmness that will carry itself through whatever you do. It can also lower the blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and increase your calmness.
Improved Weight Management
Meditation is an effective tool for weight management. It is so powerful because it connects the conscious mind with the unconscious mind. Most of what happens with your weight is due to the reactions of the unconscious mind.
Your unconscious mind has a huge impact on your health – including your weight. It determines whether you choose to eat unhealthy foods or control those cravings.
The common belief is that you get more done when you sleep less. The truth is that you get less done. Sleeping more will help you get more done.
When you have fewer than seven hours of sleep a night you cannot function properly – your body cannot function properly. Although you may feel that you are accomplishing more, your body is moving slower, thinking slower, has less creativity, and is not able to optimize your workflow.
You need between seven and nine hours of sleep to avoid any sleep deprivation side effects. Stop feeling guilty about sleeping. Begin thinking about how much better you will perform when you get adequate sleep.
If you ask any successful person, they will tell you that learning is the number one secret to their success. This is because they get the sleep they need to acquire new information.
When your body is fatigued, it does not want to hang on to more information. It wants to rest. Sleep helps your brain process all that new information so that you can put it to good use.
Plus, when your body is functioning on proper amounts of sleep it will be able to recall that information quicker.
You can then take that new knowledge and apply it to your work. You can use it to become more creative. You can use it to be more organized and accomplish more.
Meditation and Sleep
Meditation is the best way to help your body relax. You can meditate in the morning or in the evening to improve your sleep.
Once your body can relax, it can easily switch into relaxation mode at any time throughout the day. In other words, meditation can help prevent chronic insomnia. With the stress and anxiety reduced, your body can relax into a deep, optimal sleep.
How Do You Turn Off the Stress?
You allow yourself to relax.
Today, that is much easier said than done. The following techniques can be used each day – throughout your day – to help you turn off the stress.
Do a body scan
Start with your head and work down to your toes. Focus on how each part of your body feels. Notice if you have any tension, if your relaxed, or if your anxious.
Then, allow each body part to relax. Start at your toes and work your way backwards, up to your head. Let each one fully relaxes before moving onto the next.
Focus more on your breathing
When you breathe there is a process. Several times throughout your day focus on that process. Take 3-5 deep inhale-exhale combinations.
When you notice your thoughts begin to wander, return the focus to your breath. Continue this process 2-3 times.
Use visualization or guided imagery
Both will have your focus on a scenario in your mind. You can try picturing yourself accomplishing tasks throughout the day and imagine how successful you’ll feel at the end of the day. You could also focus on how you will spend your next day off. Whatever you choose, take time to notice and feel all the little details.
Successful people meditate for the simple fact that it helps them be successful. Without meditation they would lose their focus, concentration, creativity, and awareness. Instead, not meditating will increase your stress levels.
Another way to help your body relax is to notice all the things that are good in your life. Notice all the things that you have accomplished today, yesterday, this week, this month, and this year.
You can keep a gratitude journal by writing in it every day. You can have a friend that you call or email that you share daily gratitudes with, or you can have daily family meetings to share your successes.
Noticing the happiness and success in your life only help you gain more.