When we talk about meditation, most people imagine the image of a yogi in white pants or a Buddhist monk. It seems that it has nothing to do with the business world and its daily hustle and bustle, but the truth is that a movement can see on the part of many companies. Like Google and Deutsche Bank, they have decided to invest in training in meditation and mindfulness practices for their employees. The best of these companies support by the results obtained and confirmed by science after more than 600 studies. The physical and mental health benefits experienced by people who practice meditation regularly have not gone unnoticed by these companies.
Among the many benefits that are known with the practice of meditation, here are some of them:
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Reduces depression
- Improves concentration and memory
- Increases brain coherence
- Balances hormone levels
- Improves sleep quality
- Improves blood pressure
- Help in the treatment of alcoholism
- Reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems
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Why is meditation so beneficial for our health?
According to the Massachusetts General Hospital studies, our brain changes its structure with meditation. They assure that after eight weeks of daily meditation, precisely two times a day for approximately 20 minutes, it produced changes in the prefrontal regions of the brain related to empathy, memory, and self-awareness.
Starting the day with meditation can also help us manage our time better since the mind thinks more clearly in a state of relaxation than under stress. And many times, we do not operate our time well because an immense number of tasks overwhelm us, causing us to lose control, jump from one job to another impulsively, or even paralyze us by not knowing what to prioritize.
Do we know what meditation is?
There are many times when we start talking about meditation and mindfulness without really knowing what we mean. Meditation is not a reflection but quite the opposite. Meditating calms the mind by looking for the present moment, the here and now, and the connection with our senses and our interior.
There are two types of meditation:
- Open meditation, where we flow by focusing on everything we feel and think, observing it without judging and without attachment. As a simile, the clouds would be our thoughts, and we would be an external observers watching them pass by.
- Concentrative meditation: We focus our attention on the breath, what our senses perceive or an object, to prevent our thoughts from arising.
At this point, the theory may seem very easy. However, putting it into practice regularly can be pretty tricky. That is why it is advisable initially and primarily in companies to conduct meditation sessions guided by experts. One of the reasons is precisely the emerging thoughts reminding us of everything that “we have to do” this is where the body begins to send signals such as itching, pain in the back,… that make you get up and give up meditation.
I ask you a question: how many thoughts do you think we have in a day?
According to scientific data, around 60,000 daily thoughts pass through our minds. Pretending to stop all those thoughts during meditation and get results on the first day is practically impossible. Therefore, our goal in meditation is not to control or stop thoughts but to observe them, accept them without judgment when they appear, and let them go. As with sport, consistency is essential.
How else does it benefit us to calm our minds?
Of those 60,000 daily thoughts that we have, most of them are negative. Negative thoughts make a negative judgment about others or ourselves. They are accompanied by harmful emotions such as rage, frustration, anger, hatred, and fear. These thoughts drain us of energy, causing us to be excessively tired at the end of the day and damaging us in the long run, both emotionally and physically.
Each thought is associated with an energy, a vibration that the people around us unconsciously capture and affect them. This is one of the causes of conflicts, a harmful work or family climate, and apathy and contagious complaints, fundamentally in companies.
Considering the hours we spend working, the level of concentration required for many jobs, the number of people constantly interrelating, the number of negative thoughts we have every day, and how these disturb our health and that of those around us… and bearing in mind On the other hand, science makes sure that if we meditate regularly, we can calm our senses from those thoughts, have more memory, better concentration, more brain coherence, better health in general and that this affects our performance, time management, stress, creativity, etc…