The secret’s very much out of the bag now.
Meditation isn’t just for lovable hippies and mystics from the East.
Celebs and icons like Ellen, Steve Jobs and Tony Robbins (to name but a few) have all attributed it as a foundation to their success.
So it’s worth looking at the ways meditation can help you be more successful in your own life.
Here’s five of them.
You can literally improve how your brain functions.
A 2012 study showed a brain process called ‘gyrification’ occurs more in people who meditate.
Gyrification is a fancy term for the “folding” of the cerebral cortex as a result of growth.
This allows your brain to actually process information faster.
Take that coffee! 😛
There’s a reason companies like Google wholeheartedly endorse meditation.
In fact, they offer over a dozen mindfulness courses to their employees.
That’s because the research shows mindfulness helps people direct their focus to the most pertinent task at hand, and reduces that pesky mind from wandering.
A University of Miami psychologist found that as little as 12 minutes of meditation a day helped U.S. Marines keep their ability to pay attention over time stable.
If they practiced less than 12 minutes, or not at all, their attention spans degraded much more quickly.
Suffice to say, if it’s good enough for the marines, it’s good enough for all of us. 🙂
Another study tested real-world multitasking performance.
The participants performed a variety of typical office setting tasks, which they had to complete within 20 minutes.
Some of the participants then received mindfulness training, and the rest didn’t.
They tested them again, and the researchers reported that the only participants to show improvement were those who had received the mindfulness training.
It’s no secret that you perform better after a good night’s sleep.
A University of Utah study showed that people who meditate described better control over their emotions during the day, and lower stress at bedtime.
That means falling asleep faster and an increase in sleep quality.
You’ll notice I spoke about both meditation and mindfulness today.
To get a better understanding of the two, check out this short video I put together.
I hope all of this helps inspire you to improve your life!