Will this motivate you into action? Here’s one heck of a list!

by: Cynthia Arroyo (www.tomhitchens.com) – Are you a skeptic?  Come on, admit it –  you are, just a little right? I am!

Well as you know this past week on TomHitchens.com, Tom made a very inspiring video just for you. He talked about how to Motivate To Meditate – you can check it out here.

 

This got me thinking about people, like me, who may not believe all of the hoopla  going around about how fantastic meditation is, and how life changing it can be.

I did some research of my own and would like to share it with you. Research shows that just 10 minutes of meditating can reduce stress and help calm us down.

Here we go….

Let’s talk about our brain and moods. 

1. Brain & Moods

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Just look at the effect meditation has on the brain, can you tell the difference? The brain on the right looks pretty calm doesn’t it.

Take a look at this list, Tom mentions several of these things in his video.

I found a great article on thewayofmeditation.com.au that included all of the great benefits of meditation, backed by science of course. Check it out.

  • Mindfulness practices decreases depression
  • Meditation practices help regulate mood and anxiety disorders
  • Meditation reduces stress and anxiety in general
  • Meditation helps reduce symptoms of panic disorder
  • Meditation increases grey matter concentration on the brain
  • Meditation helps reduce alcohol and substance abuse

 Next up.

2. Mind & Performance

Meditation and the brain

 

Check out the brain on the left compared to the brain on the right.  if you have chronic pain, meditating actually helps to control it.  After meditating the brain is calm once again. Interesting……

 

  • Meditation relieves pain better than morphine
  • Meditation helps manage ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
  • Meditation increases the ability to keep focus in spite of distractions  (Remember Tom talking about focus and handling his busy schedule?)
  • Meditation improves learning, memory and self-awareness, improves rapid memory recall 
  • Meditation improves your mood and psychological well-being
  • Meditation prevents you from falling in the trap of multitasking too often
  • Meditation helps us allocate limited brain resources
  • Meditation improves visuospatial processing and working memory
  • Meditation prepares you to deal with stressful events
  • Mindfulness meditation fosters creativity

 

Let’s move on to your body and health. The lists seem to be endless don’t they. The benefits alone should be enough to motivate anybody.

3. Body & Health

 

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How’s your health? Do you have the energy to jump out of bed each morning and face the day with a positive attitude and a smile on your face?

 

4. Relationships

 

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Who doesn’t want a great relationship! This is something we all strive for and some never attain. Meditation can open you up to this and much more.

 

  •  Meditation improves your empathy and  creates positive relationships
  •  Meditation also reduces social isolation
  • Meditation increases feelings of compassion and decreases worry and stress
  • Meditation reduces emotional eating

 

5. Mindfulness And Meditation For Kids

 

MindfulnessInSchools.org did a huge study on the effects of meditation on kids.  They need to incorporate meditation into the school day if you ask me. Just look at this list…

  • reduced depression symptoms
  • reduced somatic stress
  • reduced hostility and conflicts with peers
  • reduced anxiety
  • reduced reactivity
  • reduced substance use
  • increases cognitive retention,self-care, optimism, positive emotions, self-esteem, feelings of happiness and well-being
  • improves social skills, sleep, self-awareness and academic performance

 

The teachers and staff where also included in this study. WOW! Just look at how it affected them.

 

  • increased personal qualities of open-minded curiosity, kindliness, empathy, compassion, acceptance, trust, patience, and non-striving, and the skills of focusing, and paying and switching attention
  • improvements in physical and mental health that tend to follow the learning of mindfulness, including conditions particularly relevant to the teaching profession such as stress and burnout
  • improved teaching self-efficacy
  • improved physical health
  • increased ability to give more appropriate support for students by through being more motivated and autonomous
  • decreased stress
  • increased work motivation
  • improved  spatial memory, working memory and sustained attention

 

Source: MindfulnessInSchools.org

 

So, is this enough to convince you? Science confirms it, meditation can prevent disease, keep you healthy,keep mentally vital, physically strong and make you happy and optimistic.

 

If that isn’t enough – I don’t know what is…..

P.S. It can even improve your sex life!

 

Let us know what you think, feel free to leave a comment.

 

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Cynthia Arroyo, Managing Editor – (TomHitchens.com)

 

Sources: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine,

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http://thewayofmeditation.com.au/blog/benefitsofmeditation/

2 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you Cynthia for a wonderful article backed by insightful and graphical patterns. My own experience is that I have become a lot calmer and energetic after doing meditation for close to a year now.My wife is into this for close to 5 years now and she looks a lot younger, very radiant looking even at close to 45 years and very patient and liberal in her assessment of people. Me and my son, were at logger heads for a number of years and now, I observe that our relationship is truly transforming due to my changed behavior after I started meditating. Now we all have a very harmonious relationship with all the people we come across and I have to thank Tom apart from some other people.

  2. Thank you! I’m a pretty high stress person. Needless to say, it has taken its toll on my health, meditation has helped change that! It does transform relationships. I am glad to hear that you are having such a positive response to it! We need to spread the word, don’t we! Kudos to your wife, I wish I had discovered it sooner in my life.Tom is the person I have to thank for my calmness today!! Sometimes we just need a bit of guidance.

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