How many of us multitask throughout the day?
A common work day may include answering emails while also writing a report and responding to a text from a friend. This disjointed concentration is making our brains unable to concentrate on the singular task at hand. Inability to complete a task increases our stress levels.
Even while writing this blog, I am guilty of wanting to check my email or go onto social media to stay in touch with the latest news. Staying focused, in todays world where our attention is being mined, is close to impossible.
But there is hope, meditation is the practice of concentrating on one task, your breath, which leads to real world benefits. Think of it as a super power; the power to fully concentrate on the moment.
Origins of Meditation:
“Meditation” from the latin word Meditatum (to ponder), was first documented around 1500 BCE, it has its roots with Buddhism and Eastern philosophy. Starting in the late 19th century and into the 20th century, the meditative philosophy came to the west and is exploding in popularity.
You might be asking, how can meditation help me? Well it’s very simple. Meditation trains our mind to concentrate on one task at a time, which helps clear our mind and allows us to see things clearly.
The most basic concept of meditation is our breath, “concentrate on your breath”. The reason behind this is when we are able to fully concentrate on our breath we are able to dismiss the distractions of the day. With enough practice, we can apply this to our real life to train our mind on the skill of concentration.
When we multitask, our brain is in a constant state of stress which clouds judgement and makes it challenging to complete a single objective or goal.
How do you start meditating?
Simply set a timer for 3 minutes, sit in a comfortable posture and concentrate on your breath. It will be harder than it sounds, but the more you practice the easier it becomes.
What do I do with the thoughts that surface when I am trying to keep my mind clear? Simply acknowledge them and then return focus to my breath. Try this out and see how you feel after 1 week.
That is it, that is all you need to do to start your own meditation practice.
Personally I have seen benefits in my mood, anxiety and fears. I am able to see my own thoughts and doubts truly as they are.
My definition of Meditation: take back your thoughts and harness your emotions. Let us know what meditation means to you inn the comments.