Meditation: Join the Best and Enjoy Four Benefits to a Calmer, Resilient, Focused and Healthy Life

Among many learnings in 2017 meditation takes the cake for that one thing that has had the biggest impact on me.  I use an app called Headspace.  I confess that I started slow by committing three minutes out of my day.  I traded time on my social media sites for meditation.  I am hooked! I feel more present, refreshed and productive.  As I write this post, Dan Harris news anchor for ABC World News Tonight and Good Morning America just published a book “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics.” And I recently spoke to a doctor who works out at my health club. We finished our workouts and she told me about her work schedule which seemed daunting to me. How does she stay fresh from patient to patient, meetings and surgeries? She is so inspiring as a wife, mother, medical doctor and surgeon. I asked her “Do you meditate?” She said “Yes I use an app called Headspace.”  So there you have it. If you are not convinced by my biggest learning, take advice from a doctor and a news anchor.  Further, here are four proven benefits to daily meditation.

Improve Your Focus

According to a study by Daniel Gilbert and Matthew Killingsworth “46.7% of the time our minds are wandering.” Daily meditation increases focus by actively working to control your thoughts toward the present.  By focusing on your breath and only your breath, you have a renewed sense of energy which enables you to be more focused. 

Build Your Resilience

There are plenty of times when unexpected things come our way. Whether it is a reaction to a difficult meeting, a work challenge, a tough boss or colleague we are constantly being pushed to react to these adjustments.  By practicing mindful meditation, we notice our thoughts and shift them away from the negativity or adjustment. We don’t let our reactions get in the way of our day.

 Increase Your Calm

The constant flow of messages that hit our email inbox and our cell phones is out of control.  According to Experian marketing U.S. smartphone owners aged 18 to 24 send and receive 3,840 texts per month on average which equates to 128 texts on a daily basis.  This is over triple the amount from the 45-54 aged cohort who send and receive 33 texts per day.  By breathing in and out for three to five minutes at least twice a day we can resist that urge to react to our cell phones.  I am personally guilty of these reactions and I am committed to making this change.

Build Your Immunity

A study in 2008 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, showed that “40 of 60 high blood pressure patients who started meditating could stop taking their blood pressure medication. Meditation also improves immunity. “   This article featured in the Huffington Post substantiates the narrative that better rest and a calmer controlled mind, reduces stress.  This in turn has a positive impact on self-awareness and our overall health and wellbeing. 

So join Oprah Winfrey, Kobe Bryant, Derek Jeter, Ellen DeGeneres, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Dan Harris, the doctor and me.  If we change our mindset to our breath we can truly make an impact in our work performance and life.  Will you have time for three minutes each day to meditate?