When you hear the word “meditation,” you might freely associate it with terms like “mindfulness,” “focus” and even “relaxation.” The idea that something so inherently calming could increase your drive to succeed might seem foreign to you at first, but the sense of clarity meditation brings can help you recommit to your goals. Here’s why.
Meditation Takes Many Forms
Because meditation is such a personal practice, there’s no right or wrong way to do it as long as you remain committed to concentrating on your breathing and clearing your mind during your daily meditation period. One especially successful motivation approach involves beginning by setting your intention. For example, you could start by silently telling yourself, “I want meditation to create a sense of purpose in my life.”
Meditation Helps You Stay Calm
Have you ever had one of those days or weeks when it seems like everyone in your life has a different demand on your time? Maybe your boss has given you a tight turnaround time to complete an assignment, while you’re simultaneously dealing with tension in your family dynamic. Having a regular meditation practice can give you a healthy outlet for stress and help you feel as if you’re above all those challenges. When there’s less tension in your life, you can stay focused on the big-picture details of what you need to do, instead of getting caught up in all the small, moving parts that comprise your life. If everything seems overwhelming, setting aside time for yourself can feel like a luxury you can’t afford. However, sitting quietly for even 20 minutes can help you reclaim your focus and emerge feeling refreshed.
Meditation Improves Your Mood
When you’re happy, it becomes easier to feel confident in yourself and your abilities, which can help you find the enthusiasm to recommit to achieving your objectives. A consistent meditation practice can help reduce your body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol, and increasing the release of feel-good chemicals like oxytocin and serotonin.
Meditation Turns Negative Thinking Around
Depression, anxiety and self-doubt can eat away at you and make it more challenging for you to commit to a regular meditation practice. You may find negativity clouding your mind when you sit down to meditate, preventing you from reaching the state of calm you desire. Meditation teaches you to let go of negative thoughts and feelings so you can bring harmony back to your life.
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