Do you ever feel like you’re not living in the moment? Does the ticking of the clock resound in your ears as the anxieties of the future increase by the hour? Do you ever stop for a second and take the time to breathe? Do you feel your mind present as well as your body?
Meditation can help you alleviate the symptoms of constant angst. It is, indeed, the best facilitator for the awareness of your reality. Meditation is the act of being connected with your own mind to achieve an emotionally calm state of utter mindfulness in which the only thing that matters is being present.
Many years have passed since this practice first gained recognition among those who spend their lives exploring their spirituality and the depths of their minds. Many mental facilities are involved in this process as the benefits are quite significant in the lives of human beings.
First of all, meditation decreases beta waves of the brain. These waves are, in simple terms, the information that your brain processes. Why would you want a decrease in such waves? It’s simple, most of the information processed by the brain is useless and prevents it from giving full attention to details that matter. This leads to better concentration. Based on research, meditating for twenty minutes a day can impact your ability to focus on what is in front of you.
Additionally, the brain mechanisms involved in meditation-related anxiety relief have also been investigated. This relief is associated with the activation of parts of your brain (the anterior cingulate cortex, ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and anterior insula). These areas are involved in the executive functions of the brain as well as the areas that control your worries about specific situations.
Are you feeling anxious about a test? Are you in a stressful work environment? Meditate!
Find the right environment. Set the alarm. Get comfortable. Close your eyes. Breathe.
As a college student, you might be juggling multiple tasks: homework, tests, meetings, group projects, oral presentations, work, and your personal life. Although some people might try to hide it, anxiety is consuming all of us, little by little.
Meditation seems hard at first, based on the distracting thoughts that stream through your mind. There is no need to worry about that; it’s part of the process. Bringing your full attention into making your mind completely quiet allows the development and enhancement of this practice.
Your mind is a powerful tool, and it needs the right amount of awareness. It is through your thoughts that you learn who you are: your capabilities as well as your weaknesses. Let them speak to you.