7 Powerful Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Life For Good

“A good traveller is one who knows how to travel with the mind.” 
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Meditation focuses on the interaction between your body, brain, soul, and behavior.

Here are seven amazing benefits of meditation.

1. Increased Creativity

Researchers from Leiden University have been studying how open-monitoring meditation with focused attention can help improve an individual’s creativity. Their discoveries were very interesting. Those who practiced open-monitoring meditation performed much better on a specific task when assigned to come up with new ideas.

Meditation encourages divergent thinking, which allows you to come up with many solutions to any given problem.

2. Decreased Anxiety Levels

Meditation decreases the anxiety levels in those who practice it regularly. When meditating, we begin to loosen the connections of certain neural pathways.

The medial prefrontal cortex of the brain processes the information we relate to our experience and ourselves. Typically, the neural pathways from fear and physical sensations to this section of the brain are strong. So, when you are in a scary situation, a strong reaction is triggered in that part of your brain, which makes you feel anxious and unsettled.

When you meditate, you weaken this connection, allowing you to react differently to the same situations.

Another added benefit to weakening this connection is gaining strength in the Assessment Center of your brain, which is known for its reasoning. Thus, you will be better able to respond calmly to nerve-wracking situations.

3. Improved Memory

Those who practice meditation are better at filtering out distractions to increase productivity. Ignoring background distractions helps one quickly remember and use new facts.

4. Improved Relationships

Meditation boosts your mood and leaves you with a better sense of connection to other people. This helps to make you more compassionate and empathic to others.

Whether you are looking to improve your relationship with your significant other or connect more to your employees and clients, meditation may be the answer.

5. Aid in Health Conditions

Many studies have shown that by meditating you may be able to decrease your blood pressure (if you suffer from hypertension).

Additionally, those with respiratory illnesses such as the flu have recovered quicker than those who did not meditate. Women who suffer from menopause may find relief from meditation as well.

6. Better Sleep

Meditation promotes better sleep quantity and quality.

Establishing a good bedtime routine and getting the best air purifier helps. Adding in some mindfulness meditation as well may give you a better quality of sleep. It fights the symptoms associated with insomnia, such as fatigue and depression.

7. Boosted Libido

On top of better sleep, you may be able to increase the quality and occurrence of your intimate life.

One of the biggest reasons couples do not have as much sex as they could is because they are too tired. Our body’s response to stress is usually through fight or flight.

When this occurs, we release adrenaline and the stress hormone cortisol to help fight the stress. This increases your blood pressure and suppresses your immune system and your libido.

A Final Thought

You may think there is no possible way you can include meditation into your already busy life. But, the good news is, you can!

Start out with only five minutes each day. You can squeeze in your mindfulness before breakfast or before you get ready for work. When you get more comfortable with your meditation, you can begin to increase the length of your sessions over time.

Do you want to know more about meditation’s benefit? Check out this infographic from our friend at Meditative Wisdom!

This article on meditation by Janet Miller was originally published on FinerMinds. If you liked it, you can like it on Medium, share it on Facebook and Twitter, or follow us!

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