People have been meditating for thousands of years. People believed that they could do all sorts of things through meditation, such as talking to the dead and reaching a state of nirvana. However, we are going to talk about the objective, true effects of meditation on the brain.
Before we continue, we need to get something clear. Meditation does not necessarily have any religious or spiritual connotations. Sure, meditation has classically only been practiced by people in the name of their faith, but please don’t fall into the trap of thinking that meditation inherently has anything to do with spirituality. I’m personally an atheist, and I stayed away from meditation for far too long because I thought it was some spiritual thing that didn’t really work.
Just like you can eat crackers without being a Catholic, you can meditate without being a Buddhist. And, just like a soup can improve the taste of soup, meditation can improve the quality of your life in amazing ways.
There are lots of different types of meditation, but the type I am talking about is mindful meditation. Mindful meditation is, according to TheFreeDictionary.com:
“A technique of meditation in which distracting thoughts and feelings are not ignored but are rather acknowledged and observed nonjudgmentally as they arise to create a detachment from them and gain insight and awareness.”
This is a really fancy way of saying “introspection”. Mindful meditation is when you turn your mind’s eye inward instead of outward. Instead of looking around the world and thinking about everything you see, you look inside your mind and look at all of your thoughts. Every single thought becomes intrinsically interesting. You can learn things about yourself that your didn’t know before, simply because you normally take them for granted.
To get started with mindful meditation, I recommend doing a guided meditation. You can find a lot of guided meditations online – just search for “guided mindful meditation”.
Cognitive Benefits of Meditation:
Meditation can have lots of different cognitive benefits. The first, and most obvious benefit, is calmness. If you have any type of anxiety, you will find almost immediate relief once you begin meditating. Calmness has the added benefit of making it easier to concentrate on thoughts. This means that the more you meditate, the better you get at it!
You will also notice that you have more energy and alertness in your everyday life. To get the most out of meditation, I recommend using some other brain-boosting techniques. By combining meditation with brain training games, for example, I increased my IQ my ten points in less than a month. You can also try taking brain-boosting supplements and vitamins to get the most out of your meditation.
If you don’t want to take any supplements or try playing brain games, you can still get a large benefit from meditation alone. Not find a nice cool, quiet place and give it a shot. Meditation will change your life.