The question should be why not meditate? You don’t have to be an expert at sitting down somewhere quietly and reflect on the order of the day or calmly assess where you are at this point in time. Research on the subject has concluded that it can calm the mind, improve you mentally, emotionally, physically and can promote a good night’s sleep.
What happens when you meditate?
When you meditate, it allows the body to produce endorphins which make you feel better and positive about yourself both emotionally and physically.
Why in the morning?
There is no scientifically proven correct and definitive time of the day to meditate but many experts believe that the best time of the day is to meditate in the morning. This certainly can benefit your mind in setting up the foundations of starting the day on a positive note before you take on whatever occurs during the day. So here are some benefits of morning meditation.
It will allow you to start the day stress-free
What you don’t want to happen in the morning is to start your day stressed out. So, leave that first action of waking up and looking at your phone or turning on the tv or radio. Put the meditation on your list as a priority.
If you immediately start thinking about the trials of the day as you wake up, you are not giving yourself a proper chance on focussing or organising the day in a proper manner. A quite meditation session, before breakfast, will calm you by slowing your heart rate and breathing rate down, thus reducing the chances of any stress or anxiety feelings at the start of the day.
The longer the time you take to meditate in the morning the better, but if you are starting out, or really are very busy, try 5 minutes to start and build it up.
For more experienced exponents, 10 minutes is ok but if you can possibly manage the time, you are better off with a 30-minute session. It is recommended to practice meditation before having your first meal of the day. But if you cannot wait, have something to eat but allow two hours to pass before you start meditating.
It helps you to focus
Studies in Meditation, mindfulness and cognitive flexibility found that participants who meditated had a higher success rate and greater ability to focus their attention by blocking out distractions than the group that did not meditate.
It is all about effective concentration and being less distracted. Meditation, if applied correctly, will help you train your mind in placing your attention on something for long periods of time. Not only that, it can also train your mind to better identify what are distractions and remove them so that you can return to the important points you need to focus on.
Focusing on the start of the day and what lies before you, helps you gain momentum. You can calm a busy mind, declutter, and direct your attention to what is needed to be done. Whilst you cannot predict on all of the events coming your way on any given day, so you concentrate on events that you know or expect will happen. This will make you more proactive and less reactive to the days’ events.
It combats fatigue
Meditation releases endorphins in your body, thus turning off stress hormones and lowering cortisol levels associated with the flight stress response.
Therefore, it is generally believed that sitting down for a short space of time, doing nothing but meditation, allows you to become relaxed and stress free and in turn, powers up your body and thus boosts energy. You will feel more awake and alert.
Morning meditation can have positive effects giving you a feeling of calm and well-being which can continue throughout the day.
Some of the controlled experiments that have been conducted showed that subjects held the emotions of compassion and empathy towards others following these sessions.
The research, published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, disclosed that a meditation program called Cognitively-Based Compassion Training was able to improve people’s ability to read emotional expressions on others’ faces. The brain scans revealed that people who took the meditation courses also had increased brain activity in the regions linked with empathy.
Many people rely upon external situations or conditions to provide them with stimulus to be happy.
If we can reduce the reliance on external circumstances ruling our happiness and replace this with our internal contentment than our feeling of self-worth increases. Meditation allows you to explore the personal resources of your mind and how you react to external conditions that affect your life.
As outlined above, with the help of meditation, you can increase your levels of feel-good chemicals, such as endorphins, that has the capacity to increase happiness levels and alter negative thoughts.
Whilst meditation may not solve your problems it will help you cope with what life throws at you and that has got to be good. Isn’t it? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
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