We live in a chaotic world that constantly exposes us to sounds, sights, and smells that can overwhelm us mentally, physically and emotionally. We suffer from overstimulation that manifests itself in feelings of anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, fear, and more.
Now, more than ever, we need to learn to find our inner quiet place.
The following are seven reasons why the search for yours is so
1. Relieve your depression and anxiety
by Johns Hopkins revealed that 30-40 minutes of daily mindful
meditation provided an equal amount of relief from the symptoms of
depression and anxiety as has been shown in other research from
2. Decrease inflammatory pain
In a study done by the University of Wisconsin, researchers concluded
that mindfulness meditation techniques seemed to be more effective in
providing relief of inflammatory symptoms than other wellness
3. Increase awareness of yourself
Through the practice of meditation, individuals are able to reflect
on their emotions, memories, and behaviors from an objective
perspective. For many, this allows them to better understand their
thoughts and actions when responding to other people or circumstances.
4. Achieve a peaceful state of mind
Using MRI scans, it has been scientifically demonstrated that 20
minutes of focused meditation can alter brain waves from a state of
arousal to a state of deep relaxation. This conversion from aroused
alpha waves to relaxed theta waves clearly shows that the regular
practice of meditation can bring you into a calm and peaceful state of
5. Expand your mind (literally)
A study from UCLA revealed that spending regular, consistent periods
of time in silence, and allowing the mind to rest, actually improved the
“folds” of the cortex, which increases its ability to cognitively
6. Start your creative process
A large part of the creative process is a beginning stage called
“incubation.” This incubation is where all our ideas and inspirations
can come together and blossom into sparks of creative genius. All that
is required for this state to flourish is quiet time to disconnect from
the demands of life, which often drain our creative energy.
7. Improve the quality of your sleep
to research by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, learning deep
relaxation techniques during daytime meditation was shown to improve the
quality of sleep at night. The participants of the study all struggled
with chronic primary insomnia, which is believed to be the result of a
constant state of hyperarousal.
However, all the subjects who used meditation had marked improvement
in their total sleep time, total wake time, sleep efficiency, sleep
quality and depression.
Mindful meditation can be practiced on a regular basis with ease.
Incorporating it into your regular daily schedule will likely go far to
improve many, if not all, areas of your life. Give it a try and see for
-The Alternative Daily