“I don’t have time to mediate” is a lie, no matter how busy you are.
Some people mistakenly think meditation is a time-consuming, mentally-draining practice when in reality it’s quite the opposite. Meditation can take as little as five minutes each day and might actually help you gain some extra downtime because it is proven to increase your productivity.
This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to practice guided meditation. There are several apps available, such as Headspace or Calm, to help you get started with your meditation practices.
Just five minutes will be enough to expose you to the many benefits of meditation, including lower cortisol levels, lower blood pressure, increased immunity, reduced pain, and improved heart health. Heightened happiness, productivity, and concentration are also sure to follow your implementation of guided meditation.
If you are new to meditation, keep in mind it is a skill you can improve upon the more you practice. Like other skills, such as riding a bike or playing an instrument, meditation takes time to master! Do not become discouraged; if you find yourself struggling to quiet your thoughts and sit still, then you are likely the type of person who can benefit the most from meditation! Keep trying, and remember that meditation will become easier over time.
Here are three skills you can improve upon with the practice of guided meditation, as found on unifiedmindfulness.com:
Concentration Power is a skill that allows you to focus on what’s most important in a given moment. Have you ever been preoccupied with thoughts unrelated to the task you’re trying to accomplish? Perhaps you find yourself distracted by relationship drama at work. Maybe you worry about situations over which you have no control. Concentration power helps you to focus on what you need to get done and then to efficiently shift your focus to something else when it’s time to do so.
Sensory Clarity is the ability to explore and track your day-to-day experiences in real time, which is a basic skill of mindfulness that can ultimately prevent overcrowded thoughts and overwhelmed feelings. This skill helps you to determine what sights, sounds, and feelings make up your life experiences.
Equanimity gives you the ability to experience life, while allowing your feelings and emotions to come and go to their full expression. Developing this skill leads to emotional intelligence, self-exploration, and inner harmony.