Why you should meditate
Meditation helps. I have personally experienced a lot of benefits after struggling through anxiety and depression for years. But don’t take my word for it. A recent study by Johns Hopkins University has found that meditation helps to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression in adults. It was found that meditation has the same effect size as antidepressants.
Another study has revealed that meditating for more than 8 weeks can modify genes that manage glucose metabolism, circadian rhythms, and inflammation which in turn leads to reduced blood pressure. One study also found that mindfulness meditation has “salutary effects on patients having clinical depressive disorders during the acute and sub-acute phases of treatment.”
Just a few weeks of meditation can also help to improve sustained attention and focus for extended periods of time, confirmed another study. Moreover, long-term meditation practices also have potential age-defying effects on gray matter atrophy and can help the human brain to stay younger, recent research found.
The list of benefits that meditation offers is endless as more new research is being conducted to find out how mindfulness and meditation can help a live a healthier life. The question here is not why you should meditate, rather how to meditate without facing typical problems and issues related to meditation for beginners.
Meditation without meditating is easy
Meditation takes a lot of patience and effort to master, whether it’s a conventional or informal technique. The techniques I mentioned above are most certainly easy and effective, however, it may take some time and practice for you to do your daily activities with mindfulness. Meditating without actually meditating is a great way to get started as it is convenient and efficient.
The essence of meditation is awareness. The moment you can conduct your daily activities with awareness, you are in meditation.