MEDITATION AS YOUR BRAIN’S EXERCISE REGIMEN
You go to the gym, you eat healthy, you do everything you can to look after your body’s needs… but what about your brain? Meditation has been shown to have beneficial effects on the mind-body physiology within weeks of beginning the practice, has been prescribed by physicians, and is practiced by everyone from artists and students to military personnel and politicians.
But people still hold onto myths that meditation is difficult, takes too much time, or requires specific beliefs. Not so! Deepak Chopra and Robert Piper argue that meditation is not only easy to incorporate into your everyday life, but is an essential tool for focus and mindfulness.
Some people who argue against meditation seem to believe that it is solely a religious practice. Deepak Chopra points out people of multiple religions practice meditation, including people who identify as atheist or agnostic. Additionally, meditation focuses on stillness and silence – while some who practice prefer to recite a mantra to help them focus, it isn’t necessary. Meditation, quite simply, helps you enrich your life by taking away the noisy chatter of your mind and helping you achieve focus.
For those who argue they don’t have time for meditation, consider Robert Piper’s four ways to make meditation part of your daily life:
- At Work: Bring your attention to your breathing whenever you feel tense throughout the day.
- Before Working Out: Meditate before you exercise, and then transform your workout into a moving meditation.
- In the Morning: Meditate first thing in the morning, right after you wake up, and it will positively impact the rest of your day.
- Challenge Yourself: Make a commitment to meditate daily for 5 days, and notice how easy it becomes and how much better you feel.
If you’re curious about the debunked myths about meditation, be sure to read Deepak Chopra’s op-ed over at The Huffington Post.