Typically, the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions the workplace or school is endless deadlines, massive workloads and high-level stress. However, it seems mainstream schools and workplaces are starting to commit to changing these old ways by integrating mediation as apart of the curriculum and workplace culture.
Here are a couple of ways that mediation can assist with the stresses of school and work:
Mediation reduces feelings of stress and anxiety.
Now more than ever students/workers have an overwhelming amount of stresses placed on them from a young age. Mediation reduces stress and empowers us how to manage feelings of anxiety. ‘When we meditate, the brain and nervous system undergo radical changes that cause the reduction and prevention of these conditions.’ (The Psychological Benefits of Meditation press release).
Meditation increases your capacity to learn and literally makes your brain grow.
That’s right you read correctly, it is proven that your brain grows both in volume and thickness. This doesn’t just make you smarter; it increases your memory, attention, self-awareness and self-control to not react when study and work is pushing and pulling you and every direction at the same time. (The Psychological Benefits of Meditation press release).
Meditation improves focus and present moment awareness.
‘When we meditate, we stimulate the pre-frontal cortex. This is the front of the brain that is responsible for concentration focus and problem-solving among many other important functions.’ (The Psychological Benefits of Meditation press release).
Meditation can easily slot into a busy schedule.
Learning all the amazing benefits of meditation you’re probably thinking it would be great if you had some time to do it in between meetings, phone calls and hundreds of emails. You may be surprised that only 20 minutes can be beneficial to your overall mental health.
Sense of purpose.
Mediation can help you find your purpose, through loving-kindness meditation and giving gratitude back to those around you. Shifting your focus to other people, through meditation, may just strengthen your purpose and let you reap its many benefits.
Article by Jonni Pollard – Meditation Master and Co-founder of 1 Giant Mind
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1 Giant Mind (1GM) is a free, 12-step learn-to-meditate app aimed at addressing the stress epidemic and supporting users to live happier, less stressed and more energetic lives. Understanding the severity of the issues of mental illness we face today, the local not-for-profit brings its 1 Giant Mind meditation technique into the palm of our hands, allowing everyone access to the learning, tools and guidance required to combat mental illness.