1. Decreases Anxiety
There’s a neural pathway that leads to the part of our brains in which we need to determine whether or not we are in real, imminent danger. For some, those connections are so strong we feel we are in danger when we actually are not. This has been called fight, flight, or freeze.
When taking on the practice of meditating, this connection can be shifted to relax when we are actually not in real danger. Our brains have many parts, and the part that assesses reasoning is strengthened by meditating, while the irrational fear pathway is adjusted to know the difference.
This becomes a win/win situation.
2. Allows You to Become More Emphatic
During meditation, the part of your brain that is responsible for showing more compassion is activated. Scientific studies show that compassion and empathy are more active when someone meditates. Having more compassion is never a bad thing.
One of the biggest bonuses and benefits is to help you choose your focus and to pull your thoughts into the present moment. How often do you catch yourself having a busy brain and feel as though you are not able to reel it back in? Meditation also helps you to keep focused long after you’re done.
4. Improves Memory
Meditation activates a certain part of the brain which helps to decrease distractions and increase memory recall. If you’ve ever walked into another room and wondered why the heck you went in there, this practice might give your memory a boost. So, the next time you walk into a room, you might just remember why you went in there in the first place.
5. Unlocks Creativity
If you’ve ever gotten stuck on creating a new idea or had the experience of writer’s block, you might want to clear your mind for a while and a quick meditation can support that, it has a way of unlocking and unleashing creative potential. In just about any job scenario, creativity is a useful asset. Whether you are a sales and marketing manager or a writer, a little creativity goes a long way.
6. Can Make You Smile More
People who meditate are shown to be more positive and upbeat. It has a way of calming and soothing the mind and heart. When your mind and heart are calm, your spirit is bound to follow. The mind-body-heart connection is a powerful bond.
7. Improving Sleep
Hundreds of thousands of people suffer greatly from insomnia and take sleep aids in order to assist them in getting a decent night’s sleep. No matter what they do it seems they keep tossing and turning and sleep just won’t come to them. They wake up in the morning feeling groggy and irritated, not to mention that without proper sleep it’s easy to get rundown or even sick. Meditation can help improve the quality of your sleep and make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.