Why Meditate

Why meditate?

Why meditate?

A regular meditation practice can help you boost productivity, build resilience to stress and improve sleep quality.

Discovery of Meditation

We live in a busy, complex and fast paced world. Our highly competitive and comparative culture has created record-level increases in stress and anxiety. We're all expected to do more in less time. More than ever, people are seeking ways to upgrade their physical and mental health. In the same way that physical exercise takes care of our bodies, meditation is a powerful tool to strengthen our minds. Research shows that a consistent meditation practice can enhance creativity, lengthen your attention span, help you sleep and leave you more fulfilled. Over time, the benefits of meditation can extend to all areas of your personal and professional life.

The Science behind meditation

There's an ever-growing body of scientific research demonstrating the myriad benefits of meditation. A consistent practice can physically reshape our brain for the better. A study by Harvard Neuroscientist Dr. Sara Lazar found that in just 8 weeks several areas in the meditating brain strengthened. This includes areas related to learning, memory, emotional regulation and decision-making. Other regions related to fear, stress and anxiety shrunk. Dr. Lazar also found that the more meditation experience a person had under their belt, the more highly developed the regions were.

Manage stress

Regular meditators are more resilient to stress. Research from Harvard Medical School found that 8 weeks of meditation can positively change brain structure. It impacts a part of the brain related to anxiety, fear and stress. Over time, meditation can train your brain to become less reactive to negative events, helping you respond with a calmer and clearer mind.

Increase focus

Meditators are able to pay attention for longer. Our minds wander about 50% of the time. A study from University of California Santa Barbara  shows that meditation can reduce mental distractions and increase concentration levels. An attentive mind completes tasks with greater efficiency and clarity, leading to increased productivity.

Enhance performance

Meditation works to optimise your mind. An optimised mind equals elevated performance. A UCLA School of Medicine study discovered that meditation strengthens and thickens the nerve tracts that connect different hemispheres of the brain. This can lead to an increase in creativity, clearer memory, the ability to learn new skills quicker and countless other benefits.

Sleep better

When it comes to sleep, quality can be more valuable than quantity. A finding by JAMA Internal Medicine shows meditation can help fight insomnia and improve your quality of sleep. The practice can help you break the train of everyday thoughts, calm active minds and help you sink deeper into a state of rest and relaxation.

Meditation is too hard. I can’t sit still and empty my mind
We know it can be hard, but with time and consistency, it gets easier. It’s important to remember that meditation is not about achieving a blank mind. The goal is not to have no thoughts, but to simply notice your thoughts, without judgement or attachment, return to a point of focus such as your breath, a sound, a body sensation. It's bringing the attention back to the focus, that is meditation. During the practice, feel free to choose the most comfortable position for you.
I'm too busy and don’t have time to meditate
When busy becomes the new normal, it can be hard to decide what to prioritise. Studies show that meditating regularly for a short amount of time can actually help you stay focused and energised. As you work through your to-do list with greater speed and efficiency, you most certainly end up with more free time in your day.
Meditation is not for me. It’s too spiritual, It’s too religious
Meditation is a mental exercise with benefits that have been proven by science. It is a powerful tool for everyone, no matter what your spiritual and religious views are.
I don't need to meditate. I can turn to physical exercising instead
Your mental and physical health are equally important. In fact, mental and physical exercises are stronger together because each workout offers unique benefits. The effects of meditation extend naturally towards your fitness goals by helping you strengthen your focus and boost energy.